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September 19, 2007 12:21 PM

My 1st Year

I remember my freshman year fairly well. I was somewhat overwhelmed, and I attended many different club meetings. I took Chem 1A, Math 1A, an ESPM seminar, and ESPM 11 (forestry). I went to a lot of the Career Center's workshops on balancing extracurriculars, how to get involved in research, becoming a doctor, and other health career options. I was involved with AMSA (a premed club on campus that's really cool about giving you an introduction to the premed field) and I attended ABSK, what's now known as Koinonia, a Christian fellowship on campus. I met very friendly people there and I got to learn more about the Bible and how it applies to everyday, college life. It was an awesome experience. I didn't start participating in volunteering until my sophomore year, just because I wanted to concentrate on my classes my first year. It depends on the individual and how much you are able to handle! I had a difficult time being away from home, and I felt somewhat overwhelmed with trying to decide my career as a freshman, which was something I shouldn't have worried and stressed so much over (now that I am a senior). So, my advice to you if you are a freshman is to focus on your major and think about what classes you want to take, and find clubs that you are interested in and will stick with for the next few years. Explore areas around campus that you could volunteer or work in. Talk to your professors, and go to office hours. Join IM sports or casual-for-fun sport clubs. Be active!

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