The Advice You Didn't Get In Your Freshman Seminar

Whether you’re a soon-to-be graduating senior or a freshman underclassmen, there is something special about hearing advice that you can relate to or have experienced first-hand. College has a learning curve. No one comes into college mastering its complexity on the first try. The life lessons you learn in the four years of the roller coaster ride called undergrad will have a lasting impact on the rest of your life. There are inevitable mistakes - failed exams, blowups with roommates, drama with hookups - that everybody has experienced in some way, shape, or form. Being naive, having a blind eye to what’s in store when you unpack your boxes in the freshman shoe-box of a dorm, is comically the most beautiful part about college. We are thrown into the fire, required to think quick on our feet to survive whatever situation we get put into. That’s why Beemia wanted to feature 12 seniors with their most prized, unfiltered pieces of advice. This is for the freshman craving to learn from experienced veterans, sophomores that are in the thick of it, juniors shocked by the realization that time actually flies by, and the nostalgic seniors that want to relive the moments that molded them into the people they are today.

“Stop designing intricate plans for your future, something will come mess it up anyway. Instead, take it by the day. What do you feel like learning today? Go behind it, do your research, and write about it. You'll either hate it or end up with a novel. Don't stop the artist inside you because of the fear of unemployment. Prioritize it, and you'll see your work, regardless of field, shine bright. Going with the flow doesn't mean it's unstructured. Read, listen, receive, and attend events to keep adding everything to your bank. Gradually, you'll watch a multifaceted personality blossom from within you.”

Nakul Grover

“Always recognize you have something to learn! Students, classes, and organizations all have something to offer that you have not experienced previously. Each day brought different challenges and perspectives, and I loved learning more about the University during my four years. Take the time to ask questions and get to know the people and tradition around you because you have such limited time to be surrounded by such an influential community.”

Kelly McCready

“You are never too busy to take a walk with friends, read a book on a park bench, or just sit on campus and enjoy the scenery.”

Jackson Fitzgerald

“Take advantage of every single opportunity given to you! Do not be afraid to try new things or experiment with different ways to involve yourself in your passions. I have found some remarkable people and experiences through my academic and extracurricular involvement, so make sure that you make the most of your time and remember that EVERYTHING is a learning process!”

Nick Karafilis

“When I first arrived at Penn State, I was nervous about the transition from my small highschool graduating class of 68 students to a new class with thousands of strangers at this large University. However, I quickly learned this was an opportunity, rather than an obstacle. Every single day here has shown me that there is an endless plethora of amazing people to meet, opportunities to seize, and resources to take advantage of. My advice to younger Penn Staters is to explore these and take advantage of all that they can, in order to make each day unique and fulfilling.”

Lizzy DeMarshall

“Don't be afraid to scale back! By the end of my sophomore year, I was overwhelmed from taking too many credits, being involved in too many clubs, and generally overextending myself. Focusing on only the organizations and classes that were most important allowed me to find a better sense of balance and avoid burnout.”

Ryan Jaeger

“Be present in every moment, don't settle and do your absolute best to leave our great University a better place than when you started.”

Reagan McCarthy

“Take your time to find the right things for you here at Penn State. I finished freshman year not sure what to do or how to get involved. Good things take time.”

Nick Pazuchanics

“Wake up and bring the best version of yourself to everything you do. Don't let small stresses fog your vision of reality, and know that what really matters at the end of the day is showing up, working hard, and caring about the people around you.”

Marissa Works

“I would challenge you to take advantage of everything that Penn State has to offer. By going outside of your comfort zone, you have the opportunity to discover what you are really passionate about.”

Clare McHugh

“Try to meet as many people as you can. Many people come to Penn State because of the vast alumni network they have access to after graduation, but you can start making connections with people while you are a student. The people at this university are what make this university so great. If you meet as many people as you can your Freshman and Sophomore years, I guarantee you that you will find your place at this incredible school.”

Katierose Epstein

“Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Seek mentors in your fields of interest and find the 'things' that get you out of bed in the morning.”

Olivia Richards