College can be tough, but you’re tougher

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer

College can be a lot of different things for different kinds of people. Believe me when I tell you that you will meet those people as you matriculate though Hampton.

For one thing, you will find people who are here to get involved and spread their name throughout campus. The kinds of people you’ll see at every football game, 12-2 and all the other events around campus. The kinds of people who are involved with groups such as SGA and SLP, which isn’t a bad thing at all. These are the people potential students will see first when they visit campus. So, it is of the utmost importance that the people involved in these groups are motivated and ready to give it their all.

All of the responsibilities that come with being a college student can be a lot for some. These people grew up with a very structured schedule from their parents, which isn’t necessarily bad. However, the freedom that comes with college can be too much for some people.

The crucial thing to learn while in college is to not do too much of anything in order to avoid being overwhelmed.

When asked about how he approached college when he first arrived, psychology major Jordan Jackson said, “Before I left for Hampton, my mother told me that college can be a great place. Filled with lifelong friends and lots of memories. Just know that you need to have your priorities in order.”

That is an important thing: Before all the programs and extracurricular that go on in college, you have to be in good academic standing in order to participate in more on-campus activities.

When I was a freshman last year, the fall semester wasn’t very kind to me.

I lived in my own world and did not even remotely try to get involved in any sort of activity on campus. I figured that I would just stick by myself and not let anyone else in. My days usually consisted of getting up, going to class, going to the library and then at the end of the day, I would return to my room. I never tried to get involved in any kind of way, which I can say hurt me more than it helped me.

However, I changed when I got back on campus for sophomore year. I had a goal in mind: I was going to attend more events, and I was going to join something.

It is important to participate in the events and clubs that consist of things that are interesting to you. Make sure to look around campus to find different events going on. Most of them are free or cost very little. Join a club that interests you. It could be for your major or for an interest you have, such as writing or watching movies or for community service opportunities.

Making sure that you find your groove is what college is all about.  

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