Advice for College Students


Today, hundreds of kids around the state are going to college for the very first time.
It’s a totally new chapter in life – and it can bring a lot of changes… so

Emily Medalen gives us some advice for those tackling their first day.

I reached out to a few people around Bismarck State College for some advice for new students in higher ed.

“It’s exciting but scary at the same time,” says Danielle Carr, Incoming Freshman.
“Everyone is nervous when they’re first going to college,” says Hailie Pelka, Admissions Counselor, BSC.

Packing up and heading to college can be a lot to take on.

“A sad feeling, but at the same time you’re proud of them because – okay – this is the next step,” says Jeannie Bohl, parent.

I asked former students for some advice for those just starting out.
First on the list –

“Money management is so important. You are not bulletproof and neither is your wallet,” says Pelka.

She says making- and sticking to a weekly budget is the best way to save when you’re away from home for the first time.
Next up – 

“Don’t procrastinate,” says Bohl.

It’s that simple – we hear it all the time, but putting homework off til the last minute means a lot of added stress, and usually a worse score than you could’ve gotten.
Taking just an hour or two for studying and homework every day can make for a lot less work in the end.
I got a lot of advice from faculty, staff, and older students. But the number one thing across the board – that everyone hit on – was importance of being involved in campus activities.
“It allows you to make friends, it allows you to build relationships with faculty and staff, and it’s also going to build your resume for the future,” says Pelka.

Most college campus’ have clubs, student governments, intramural sports… there’s a lot to participate in.

“It is really important to really dive in and try and get involved as much as you can,” added Pelka.

Pelka says all in all – remember to learn from your slip-ups, and make the most of the year ahead.

“You might make some mistakes, but it’s okay, it’s part of the learning experience.”


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