By Timia Cobb
Web Content Contributor
Q: “I’m an incoming freshman and I’m nervous with what’s happening with the pandemic….any advice for coming to campus and starting a new chapter during this time?”
To be honest, as an incoming freshman, you will have a completely different experience than any other class before you. You are entering an entirely different atmosphere and starting a new chapter of your life, while also living through a pandemic.
The experiences you will have and the memories you will make your freshman year won’t be as easy to obtain as previous freshmen, but that doesn’t mean this year can’t be amazing.
College years have been stereotypically labeled as the years you’re supposed to party and be reckless, but that will be a little hard to do when safety precautions like social distancing and mandatory masks are in place.
That being said, stay safe and think about your health. You might not get to do all the fun activities you want to now, but you still have three years to experience that.
There are many fun things to do while staying safe. Try exploring San Marcos and the Texas State campus or try developing a friendship with your roommate ( it’s OK if that doesn’t happen though).
As of now, most of the in-person classes will have a limited amount of people attending, meaning it can be easier to get to know people and make friends.
This is great because if any of the classes you are taking are introductory level classes for your major, most of the people in those classes will be people you will consistently see in your school.
The biggest downfall when entering your freshman year might be organizations restricting meetings until it is safe for large gatherings.
Organizations might not be as sociable as before, but this would be the perfect time to find out what organizations you might be interested in and learning more about them. By doing this, you can be prepared for whenever the organization decides to meet or start accepting new members.
During your freshman year, always remember that you are special.
Freshman year can be scary for any newcomer; however, you are entering a new place, starting a new life, growing into an amazing person, surviving through the COVID-19 pandemic, all of which makes you pretty awesome.
For a more in-depth personal view of the college freshman experience here’s an article that talks about the good, the bad and what to expect during your first year of college.
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