This phrase is something I’ve seen quite a bit over the last week from those of you who follow us on Twitter (@LibArtsDuq) regarding the start of the new school year. See Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory below. T-minus 17 days until classes start if you’re scoring at home. I’m here to tell you, take a deep breath, everything is going to be fine. Easier said than done, right?
Believe me, I understand new situations can be stress inducing. This is a new environment, new people, new ways of communicating with one another, being away from home in some cases, the challenges of academic life, social life, roommates, etc. I get it. It’s a perfect storm of stress. And, that’s ok. All normal stuff. However, it can also be the best experience of your life, if you allow it to be. So, here are my top three things to do to help ease your transition to Duquesne and the Liberal Arts in a few weeks.
1) Be the best version of yourself. Meet new people, go to class, talk with faculty and staff, establish a network of supporters and champions for your cause quickly. These are the people you’ll turn to when there are bumps in the road. There will be bumps in the road, it’s life.
2) Develop a Routine. This means quality sleeping and eating habits, regular exercise and social activity, and a little bit of planning on your part. Yes, play XBOX. Just don’t play XBOX 23 1/2 hours a day. Everything in moderation.
3) It’s all about Preparation. Athletes prepare for games and matches through practice and training. Do the same as a student. Come to class ready to discuss things. Submit assignments on time. READ THE BOOK & YOUR NOTES!
I don’t have a magic crystal ball to predict everyone’s path in life but I know this much. If you do the things I mentioned, you’ll be successful. And, maybe this will be your reaction when you’ve settled into college life. I wish you the best!