Advice for Incoming Freshmen

by Derek Ricioppo on September 3, 2016

As the fall semester is about to begin, I thought it would be a good idea to offer some advice and helpful tips to the new freshman class as they start their first semester at NU.

  • Form a good working relationship with your academic advisor. They are some of the most helpful resources on campus when it comes to what classes to take and having a strong academic plan.
  • Use the Office of Academic Support whenever you need it. Whether you need help in a class and would like a tutor, need accommodations for a class, or anything you might need for academic success at NU, the office is very helpful.
  • Don't be afraid to change your major. If you find that your major doesn't work for you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going into the Academic Exploration Program (AEP) and being able to take classes that you’re interested in. Find what you’re passionate about and how you can use your interests to work for you. That is so much better then picking a major because it is “easy” and not being happy with the major you selected. You should love what you’re doing.
  • And, most importantly, don't forget to have fun and enjoy the experience. Enjoy your classes and join student clubs as well. These four years will go by so fast, but they will also be some of the best years of your life.

So to all the freshmen at NU, I hope you have a great first semester and that you will love being a Purple Eagle.