Advice

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Kristen Alexander

Biology - Biomedical Sciences (2011)

1. Being actively involved in a few organizations looks better than being a silent member in a dozen.

2. As tough as it may be, build relationships with faculty from day one. You'll need some good letters of recommendation one day.

3. Don't be so stress out out on school that you forget to enjoy life. Now truly is the best time!

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Brooke (Privett) DeArman

Instrumental Performance (2008)

GO TO CLASS! On the first day of classes, introduce yourself to the professor so they can immediately put a name to the face. Professors are much more willing to work with students who they see in their class every day and know that they work hard. They may just bump that final grade from an 89% to a 90% due to your class participation. College is not all about going to class though. Get involved in as many different activities/groups that time allows. The social aspect of college will definitely build those priceless life-long skills, experiences and connections. Oh, and call your family at least twice a week, let them know you are okay!

Class of 1957

Gerard Aubuchon

Business (1957)

I graduated in 1957. My major was "Business". However several months prior to graduation, my wife were invited to visit in Memphis with a couple we got to know at SEMO. After an extensive interview I felt good about the company. They had started in 1919 and have been in business all these years. Even though I did the interview I told them I had to graduate before I would be available to go to work. About a week later I received a letter telling me they wanted me to join their group and they would "wait" for me until after I graduated. I had a great company to work for and not too many people can said that they worked for the same company 50 YEARS. I retired in 2009 and at the time I owned part of three corporations and was responsible for 13 branch offices throughout the country. It hope you can do as well. Just hang in there and be sure you finish your education. It is absolutely necessary.

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Aaron Barbee

Mass Communications (1995)

The myth of the "Freshman 15" is not a myth. My weight caught up with me while in SEMO and I've fought to keep it off in my adult life. Educate yourself about making responsible eating/food choices. Make sure that the snacks you keep in your room are "good" snacks. And, most importantly, HAVE FUN and GOOD LUCK!!

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Jessie Beck

Dietetics (2015)

DO NOT skip class, despite the temptation. No matter what lie you tell yourself, you won't catch up.

Class of 1983

Gregg Billmeyer

Marketing (1983)

GO FOR IT! You have 4-5 years to experience new things, meet new people, learn new things so absorb everything and enjoy. Get out of your comfort zone, get involved in as many things as possible, work hard and challenge yourself. It will go by fast so enjoy!

Class of 1965

Ken Bollinger

Math & Physics (1965)

1. Don't miss any of your classes. Your professor will be there and he expects you to be there.

2. Study 2 hrs. for each class hr. you take. It may sound like a lot but if you are taking 15 hr. that only adds up to a 45 hr. week, which will be a lot less than when you get a real job.

3. Get a degree in science if possible and a Masters is an advantage in your job search.

4. Participate in some activities on campus and have some fun.

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Jeff Boyet

Communications (1993)

Call your mother. She's acting like she's not worried, but the moment she drove away from you, she fell apart. Call her and call her often.

Class of 1971

Susan J. Brown

Speech Pathology (1971)

Make the most of your years at SEMO by staying positively involved in your areas of interest. There are many wonderful opportunities for everyone with multiple interests. Find and make many acquaintances and the best of friends in your areas of interest. Everyone is looking to get to know each other. Classes are a good place to start, so put your best foot forward, learn as much as you can in academics by talking to and listening to your teachers and advisors. Look for activities that interests you. I enjoyed Delta Delta Delta sorority and Panhellenic Council, and made lifelong friends, as well as learning leadership skills as Vice President of Panhellenic Council. Also, had opportunities with Student Senate, Women's Choir, and Student Speech and Hearing Counsel. Was also involved by holding down a part-time job at Kansas City Life Insurance Company and the office of the District Manager for State Farm Insurance. This allowed me to make some spending money, and learn about the working world. Was able to land a position in my field the summer after graduation.

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Sam Bueter

Elementary Education (2010)

Welcome, Class of 2019! As you embark on one of, what I consider to be, the greatest experiences of your life keep in mind that you're here to receive a quality education. Take that seriously and try not to let anything distract you from that goal, go to your classes and build good relationships with your professors! They'll be the ones writing you those recommendation letters upon entering the workforce. Also, GET INVOLVED. Challenge yourself and don't be afraid to try new things. Athletics, Greek life, honor societies, intramural sports, etc...Southeast offers so much. Experience it! Wishing you all the best!

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Donna Cognac

Secondary Education: Social Studies (1977)

1. Employ the Six P’s - Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance (embedded in my memory and my daily life by Dr. Skelton, Techniques of Teaching Social Studies)

2. You never get a second chance to make a first impression

3. Take responsibility and ownership for your actions

4. Be kind and respectful to your dorm mates, classmates, faculty, college staff and the community of Cape Girardeau.

5. Take time to read the college catalogue and the student handbook

6. Check your email on a regular basis

7. Be Proactive

8. Utilize the resources on campus. If you are having difficulties, ask for help. Don’t delay; don’t get behind.

9. Get involved in school activities, volunteer/community service opportunities – looks great on your resume!

10. It’s okay to change your major (I did!)

11. If you don’t know what you want to do; that’s okay. Take time to research; job shadow – make sure it’s a good fit.

12. Build relationships – professional and personal. After 38 years, I still cherish my friendships from college and we do stay in touch!

13. Have fun but remember that school is #1.

I would not trade my four years at SEMO for all the tea in China. They were very special years – wonderful friendships, lots of fun, it’s where I met my husband, and but of course, a good education! I wish you well in furthering your education and wish you much success!

Class of 1989

Janet (Harrison) Crome

Health and Human Services; Architectural Design Minor (1989)

My advice to incoming freshmen would be to get involved with an organization on campus. Any organization that interests you. Reach out to those around you and be friendly. Most students are likely in your shoes with not knowing anyone and needing to develop a new support system. It will make your college journey more enjoyable and gives you support when it gets tough. Secondly, study more than you think you may need to. Work really hard your first semester and then take a look at your grades at the end of that semester and see where you are and make adjustments. Ask for help as soon as you don’t understand something. Don’t wait until you’re failing a class. Thirdly, don’t forget about your faith. Find a church and plug in. It will keep you grounded. Live out what’s important to you. Lastly, enjoy this time! It goes by so fast. Make memories. Make wise decisions. Invest in yourself. Learn all you can!

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Marlin Curnutt

M.A. History (2001)

Master time management. If you can master that, you will be successful in college. Find time for new friends and new adventures while keeping in mind that your studies come first. A balanced approach leads to a successful college career.

Class of 1992

Brian Elledge

Psychology (1992)

Don't skip class (at all). First semester- take the easiest classes that count towards graduation; consider joining a fraternity or sorority (TKE is a good fraternity); have fun, but always remember that school comes first.

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Mark D. Engelhardt

Social Studies (1974)

University classes are a lot like investments. The more effort you put in upfront the greater the return. Work especially hard in class from the beginning and establish a positive impression that will follow you throughout the rest of the class.

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E.J. Foreman

Public Relations (2009)

Get involved! Join clubs and check out Greek Life!

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Andrea Gils

Public Relations & Journalism (2014)

Start getting involved in student organizations as early as you can. Employers look for years of experience and by the time you graduate, you'll have a nice resume to show off if you start your involvement early, especially in professional organizations like the Arrow. Plus, the more things you try out, the better idea you'll have of what you want to study and do as a career later on.

Class of 1993

Harvey Groennert

Criminal Justice (1993)

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Southeast Missouri State University. As I have graduated quite some time ago, I would like to let you know that you are in good hands. I thoroughly enjoyed my years as a Student Athlete and Graduate Assistant Strength Coach at SEMO. My advice to all of you is to have a plan and put that plan into effect starting on day one. Take advantage of this time and enjoy the learning experience. You will make life long friends during your enrollment and will experience growth not only in your education but in life as well. Be smart on social media and remember you are building your future. Employers will look closely at your time as a student and have access to social media. College is a great time for personal and professional growth, it is possible to enjoy both but remember to be smart and have a plan. Good luck and God Bless.

Class of 1991

Connie Harms

Home Economics (1991)

Don’t be afraid to seek tutoring if you are struggling!

Class of 2006

Gina Hausmann

Public Relations (2006)

Get involved, manage your time wisely, pay attention and connect with people. What you learn will set you up for success, enjoy the ride!

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Derrion L. Henderson

Multimedia Journalism (2015)

Don’t be afraid of not knowing!!! That’s the joy and should be one of the reasons you chose to go to college/SEMO! While you’re there figure out what you truly want to do with your life, make mistakes, learn from them and become a better person. Think of college as your foundation, you made it this far. Now it’s time to build upon the foundation you’ve just layed. Goodluck and Have some fun!

Class of 1986

Becky Greiner Hill

Computer Science (1986)

My best advice is to get involved. Go to all the dorm events, join a sorority/fraternity or a club, play intermurals, do whatever you can to meet new people. There is nothing better then making lifelong friends...which is what I did at SEMO!

Class of 2010

Casey Hinkebein

Spanish & Journalism (2010)

I cannot express enough how important it is to get involved. Your college years prepare you for jobs, but being social can open the doors to a myriad of different people who can get you connected with jobs and other possibilities you never thought could happen. I also want to mention this: find a balance between your schoolwork and your social life. I've known colleagues who have dropped out of college or lost scholarships because of poor choices. You are first and foremost there for an education. Your social life can still blossom in between your student responsibilities. Work on your time management and find a style that best supports what you want to achieve and experience during college. Now, repeat after me: I CAN do this, and I WILL do this!

Class of 2014

Sarah Holstein

Mass Communications - Advertising (2014)

Start networking now! I know that is the most annoying thing you hear from everyone but it will make a huge difference when you start looking for internships and jobs. Make a LinkedIn profile and KEEP IT UPDATED! Join groups and participate in discussions. Develop strong relationships with your professors. They are the ones that have already worked in the field you are trying to enter so everything word they say is important. They already have connections in the field so, if they know you've been a dedicated student, they will be willing to help you find job leads when you are close to graduation. Good luck and enjoy it while you're there! SEMO was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Class of 1980

Matt Hucker

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement (1980)

Enjoy your time in the dorms. You will make lifelong friends there. To this day, I can see an old dorm buddy, and its like we pick up where we left off. Oh, and buy a cool SEMO tee shirt to put up for years later, maybe in a larger size. And if you have a great car now, keep it for the next 40 years.

Class of 1983

Cathy (Todt) Johns

Elementary Education (1983)

Hello, my name is Cathy (Todt) Johns and I graduated with a degree in elementary education from Southeast in 1983 - I know, I know, you weren't even born yet, don't remind me! Since I'm from an earlier generation, I don't have pictures of me floating around out there in cyber space. So if you really want to see what I looked like back then, go to the library and check out the 1983 yearbook - I'm in there! And, now since you are in the library, don't forget to find your favorite study carrel and use it! Oh, wait, I sound like your mom, right? Well, that's probably because I am a mom with two in college. So let me tell you what I told them: Your education is important, take it seriously, but not so seriously that you don't have time for anything else; get involved in campus activities, that is a great way to meet people and broaden your perspective; volunteer your time and talents, no better way to pay it forward and help someone less fortunate; and finally, don't forget your faith, it carries you through the tough times. Enjoy every minute of college - all too soon you'll be out and joining us in the working world - peace!

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Phillip Kaser

Marketing (2002)

Get involved and enjoy every minute. Time flies!

Class of 2001

Julie Kraemer

Communications (2001)

Stay open to ALL career opportunities as new graduate because your first job out of college is not your last; it is just the beginning!

Class of 1985

Lisa Lampe

Agri-business (1985)

I wish someone had told me how important your GPA is, and how hard it is to bring up if you don't study hard your first years. Socializing is part of college life, and becoming independent, but too much can have a negative affect.

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Jess Leggett

BFA, Graphic Design (2003)

My advice to the freshmen class is to take risks, step out of your comfort zone, attend the programs/events for freshman during the first few weeks, and step out to explore the campus and surrounding community. The best advice I received as a freshman was to stay on campus/in Cape for the first month; it's tempting to go home on the weekends but you need to stick around and get settled into your new life at Southeast, otherwise you'll be missing out on so very much!

Class of 1981

Michael Loyet

Business Administration: Accounting (1981)

Keep your integrity and reputation intact at all times. Nobody can take your integrity from you; it can only be given away. Who you are as a person is much more important than what you know. Honesty, dependability and hard work are all things you control and will go a long way to a happy and fulfilling life.

Class of 1990

Robin Monks

Management & Marketing (1990)

My advice to incoming freshmen is to get INVOLVED. You will meet new people and get more out of your time at SEMO by getting active with an organization(s)

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Rebecca Moore

Human Environmental Studies (2006)

Education is the ONE thing that no one can take away from you. Come to college with an open mind. Be willing to persevere even when times and studies are hard or difficult. Take your studies serious as your college education is what will lead you into the next phase in life. Some classes may be “boring” or not your “thing” but try to take something away from the course. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

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Thu Nguyen

Marketing Management (2014)

Step out of your comfort zone. Join organizations and be a part of things you normally wouldn't do. I've learned the most from people who I started random conversations with. Don't be afraid to get involved and go down a different path from everyone else!

Class of 1968

Robert Nixon

Sociology (1968)

I believe half of the benefits of attending college are outside of the classroom. Interacting with like minded people who are serious about their education will greatly add to your experience. Advice on classes, study groups and assistance through rough spots can be found this way. Don't get overwhelmed. I learned you can attend class, take notes, do the reading, as well as everything else, and still have time for fun! Good luck!

Class of 2005

Amanda Trainor Patrick

Political Science (2005)

My advice is to take classes you are interested in and let your curiosity guide you. You may not be majoring in anthropology but if it's something you want to learn more about then take a class on it. You never know what you might learn and how it might fit into your life or your career. I would recommend that you make some friends who are very different than you - with different backgrounds, opinions and interests. This leads to better late night conversations and will help to make you more well rounded. Finally, don't spend much time trying to be like anyone else - who you are is perfectly enough.

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Joshua Pritchard

Secondary Business & Marketing Education (2011)

Don't ever let your dorm room door close unless you're sleeping! It will allow you to meet friends you will have for a life time!

Aaron Randolph

Aaron Randolph

Exercise Science (2008)

Success is largely determined by one’s Emotional intelligence (EI) which is the ability to recognize one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. Spend time working to develop your EI and success will follow.

Carley Ray

Carley Ray

Family and Consumer Science Education (2012)

Get involved! There's something for everyone at SEMO. Being involved will help you make the most of your 4 years there but also is very likely to help you in the future!!! I chose to be Greek, what will you choose?

Class of 2008

Robbie Riehn

Middle School Education (2008)

My best advice is to make friends with your peers. I still keep in contact with many of my fellow teacher friends. You never know when you may need them for a job or an idea. Keep networking. Build a professional relationship with your professors and keep in contact. Introduce yourself and don't be afraid to ask questions. Best of luck and GO REDHAWKS!

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Alisa Santangelo

Family Studies and Gerontology (2014)

Take all the chances and opportunities that you are met with and have no regrets. GO GREEK!

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Addie Scoggin

English Writing (2014)

My name is Addie Scoggin, and I graduated not too long ago in 2014 with a degree in English Writing. Quite possibly I'll have a handful of you in EN100 this year, as I teach two classes of Freshman English, which brings me to my first point of advice. School comes first! Work hard even if you feel you are the only one studying. Remember your first priority is to find yourself in class, and put the greater part of your time into your success as a student. That will distinguish you among a sea of other students. After that, join, join, join! Participate in associations, clubs, the Rec center, activities, Greek life, or anything to gets you involved and mingle with others! Feeling a sense of belonging is vital to your achievements. Now go out there and kill it!

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Geri (Gegg) Shelburg

Computer Science (1984)

Make a GOOD first impression – YES it REALLY matters! Be on time to class – “fashionably late” is not good in this case. When doing a group project, get in a group with people you can learn from. Sit in the front of class. Let your loved ones at home know you are alive every now and then (it’s not prison – you get more than 1 phone call!) You can text, phone, email, snail mail, or carrier pigeon – whatever works for you! Sleep is important – just not during class! If you don’t know – ASK! Start working on that 2-week assignment right away. Do something on it every day so it will be completed and you won’t be stressed by the due date. Manage your money – the Bank of Mom and Dad will eventually close! Make back-up copies of your back-up copies (things can happen you know) It will be hard – if it were easy EVERYONE would do it. Be thankful everyday that you have the opportunity to learn!

Class of 1970

Jim Smith

Business Administration (1970)

I am James L. (Louis) Smith and I graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration in June 1970. I majored in General Business Mgmt. and minored in Economics. My advice to freshmen this year is not to think too much of the college education process as one goal because it can become a little overwhelming. Take it semester by semester at first, even day-by-day. You don’t have to decide on a major the first year of college. You can experiment and eventually pick & choose. Do the best you can, but have some fun. Seek a reasonable balance, but do not expect to sail through without putting in a sincere effort to study and learn. Going to college should be among the very best years of your life.

Class of 1969

David H. Spradling

Psychology (1969)

I would recommend that the class of 2019 should go to every class and do the best they can to have as good a life afterword as possible. You don’t learn much in college except the commitment and dedication to complete it which will pay great dividends in the future.

Class of 2001

Aaron Spratt

Business Administration (2001)

Starting college is an exciting time in your life. Your world has just expanded significantly, and all of the sudden, you enjoy a new level of freedom you’ve not known before. I challenge you to seize upon this opportunity by doing the following:

1. Get involved. Not sure what you want to study and ultimately pursue as a profession? Concerned about making new friends now that you’re hours away from home? Southeast offers literally hundreds of ways in which you can get involved on campus, whether you’re interested in social activities or academic-related pursuits.

2. Put forth 100% in the classroom. I’ve never met anyone who said “I wish I hadn’t made such good grades in college,” or “My GPA was just too high.” You will have plenty of amazing experiences in college outside the classroom, but remember, you’re ultimately here to prepare yourself for a rewarding professional career. Find an area of study you’re passionate about and give it all you’ve got.

3. Stretch yourself. No, I’m not referring to flexibility exercises. I challenge you to seek out people whose experiences, backgrounds and yes, even viewpoints, are different than yours. My freshman year was filled with many new experiences that stretched my previously-held small view of the world. Along the way, I met some pretty fascinating people and formed friendships that last to this day.

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Taylor C. Stanton

Music Education (2014)

Do not take an 8:00am your first semester, you may think that you'll be able to get up and go, but most likely you'll sleep through it more than once. Join organizations/Greek Life/clubs, these are a great way to make friends with common interests. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, do it! Those experiences can't be taught in a classroom. Your high school accomplishments will impress no one here, so stop trying to relive them, and strive to achieve new greatness! Know that the upperclassmen will like you more if you are humble and smart, so don't try and out-do or one-up them. Upperclassmen are the means to a healthy social life, you want them on your side. Your teachers and staff are highly qualified at their jobs. Treat them with the utmost respect. They will write you letters of recommendation for grad schools, be a major reference for your first job, and will be your biggest support throughout your academic career. Go to Class. Stop with the excuses and just go. Unless you're bleeding, hospitalized, or dying of plague, you need to buck up and go. Don't be that person who everyone looks at funny during the final because you haven't shown up in 4 weeks.

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Patrick B. Sullivan

Criminal Justice/Social Work (2000)

College is more than knowledge and skills that you learn in the class room. Life lesson will be learned at every corner; personal and social interactions skills, with a wide variety of diverse cultures and backggrounds. Open yourself and allow yourself to expand past your comfort zone, interact with as many groups and individuals as possible, becoming comfortable in diverse groups will allow you to project the best image of self. Explore the degree options at the university, you do not need to declare a major your freshman year. Explore and find a field of study that sparks your interest. Remember, just because you have chosen a field of study and obtained a degree, does not mean that will be the only opportunities available to you in the job market. Enjoy your time at SEMO, it will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Class of 1983

Donna Taylor

General Studies (1983)

Welcome to SEMO. You are about to begin a wonderful journey that will help you to grow and get ready for your career. The first two weeks of school are the hardest but be sure to join student clubs and intramural sports and the Golden Eagles Marching Band if you play an instrument. Balance activities with your studies. Pretty soon any homesickness will decrease but go home whenever you can. Get to know your teachers so that they can help you if you need it. Be sure to use the tutoring center if you need it especially if you are an athlete. Study after each class and don't cram for exams. Brush up on your computer skills. If you need to work while going to school, be sure to apply for student employment. There are a variety of positions available that may give you an idea on what to major. If you don't know what you want to major, try the general studies degree as you can take what classes interest you and get a broad preparation for just about any degree. Try to stay on campus all four years as you wont have to worry about meeting apartment expenses and food shopping while going to school with strained finances. Also when you pick out classes, ask others for the best teachers. Try to go on school sponsored trips during spring break like the Grand Canyon. It was the best. If you are majoring in nursing, try to do your very best in your required classes to increase your chances to get in. Once you start clinicals, prepare for clinicals by writing down as much information as possible about the client as allowed as you do not know what your teacher will ask you. Join the student nurse association as it will look good on your resume.Get to know the placement department at least by the middle of your junior year so that they can get to know you and start job searching. If you are majoring in education, use the technology resource center to prepare for your lessons. Be sure to participate in the NEA student teaching competition as it will prepare you for student teaching. Be sure to go to the teacher job fairs but think about trying smaller school districts to start out teaching. I hope that these tips help you to succeed at SEMO and I hope to see you at homecoming this year.

Class of 1971

Bobbi Sternau Thomas

Chemistry (1971)

Don't do anything you would not want to have Mom and/or Dad find out about. After the years at college are finished, you will never know when issues will come up that could have an effect on an otherwise bright future. Just think carefully before you act and remember you can have loads of fun without doing something stupid.

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Brandon Vance

Public Relations & Journalism (2014)

My biggest advice I can give any freshman is to get involved. Get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Join a sorority or fraternity, join an intermural sport, get involved in a club that you're interested in. Get out of your room and say hello to any one and everyone. We sometimes forget that we are all in the same boat. You're not alone, there are so many people wanting to meet new people just like you. It only takes one person - you. This is one of the best times of your life. Don't hold yourself back!

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Linda Wells

Physical Education (1972)

These are the days of your life. Engage the time at SEMO to improve yourself physically, socially, intellectually, and culturally. Know the alums care about each of you and wish you the best. And finally, wherever you go, go with all your heart!

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Kelli Williams

Education (2012)

My advice to the freshmen class would be to get involved with as many organizations on campus as possible. My first month away at school was terribly lonely. I had a tough time finding an organization where I fit in. Thankfully, I found Tri Sigma and being Greek opened many doors for me. After becoming a member of my sorority I was able to branch out on campus and get involved in other organizations. I felt more comfortable being social because I had a support system at school that wouldn't let me fail.

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Ashley Woods

Accounting (2010)

Join groups, clubs, intramural sports, go Greek, ANYTHING! Just do it! They will boost your social life while on campus and will also look good on your resume! It gives you something to talk about in the future when you look back at your college experience. If all you have to talk about is how you hung out a lot and went to class – there is nothing to have in common with future employers! It will also show future employers that you were able to manage your time well if you pair that with decent grades. I was involved, but if I could do it again, I would be even MORE involved. Pick a major and go with it. Just try it out if you are unsure – I changed my major after the end of my freshman year and still graduated on time. Many of the undecided majors remained undecided until close to graduation and then are out in the real world with no focus in an area of study. You can even go into different fields that are not specific to your major if you show determination and good grades. This surprised me even more when I got my first job and realized not everything is so major specific – especially anything in the business categories. Have fun with it and live it up. I honestly miss my college days of prepared meals, paid rent, spare time to do what I wanted and a whole summer break. I took it for granted when I was experiencing it.

Class of 1997

Tufan Zengil

Marketing (1997)

Focus on your results and not the activity. Your results will dictate your success in school as well as at work.