Welcome to our newest Emory Eagles!
My name is Alexi and I am a senior in the college, double-majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. I am so excited to meet you all and can’t wait to see the wonderful things you accomplish at Emory. In the meantime, here a few bits of advice that I would like to share for those who are entering college this fall and those who want to take away some life lessons!
- You don’t need to know what you want to do for the rest of your life. Ignore those who seem to think you do and, instead, focus on what you want to do now. I spent way too much of my early college years pondering what I should or would be doing at 25 or 30. Switch gears and focus on what clubs you want to join and what classes pique your interest. As your academic portfolio, leadership positions and internships accumulate, you can gauge what your interests indicate about your future, but don’t fret prematurely. (Obviously, if you’re on a pre-professional track, do take the prerequisites!)
- A daily or weekly routine can lower that stress level like magic. When you have morning classes one day, afternoon classes the next, and a boatload of activities scattered in between, it will do you some good to balance out your schedule with a calming routine. Bring some zen into your life with Tuesday/Thursday Starbucks dates with your roomie (the “perfect oatmeal” is killer) or play a pump-up mix every morning you have to drag yourself from the tempting clutches of your Tempurpedic. A simple constant provides some regularity and relief from the craziness of the college kid’s schedule.
- Overwhelmed or confused? Ask for help. Freshman year may seem like the perfect time to reap the benefits of newfound independence (and it is in many ways!), but there’s never any shame in asking for help when you need it. Use the Writing Center if you’re struggling with Shakespeare or chat up your Orientation Leader about quiet places to study if your roomie likes to blast Pandora at all hours. There are literally thousands of people who are thrilled to help you and flattered that you would ask. I know I speak on behalf of all of the Admission Fellows as well – if you need anything, we’re happy to assist!
So whether you are moving on campus or you are considering Emory as a future home – we look forward to seeing you around campus!