Collin Overton

Eastern Progress Editor-in-Chief Collin Overton offers advice to incoming freshman. 

If you’re a freshman reading this paper, you’ve probably gone through plenty of change already.

New room, new town, new people, new environment - it can be easy to get overwhelmed, and just as easy to feel intimidated. But appreciate the change - you’ll wish you did by senior year.

Looking back on my college career, I wish I would have done more. I wish I would have gone out of my way to meet more people, tried more clubs, pursued a major in my career passion earlier and stepped more out of my comfort zone. That’s what we as college students are here to do: to better ourselves, prepare ourselves for the future and grow as people.

My advice to you is to start doing that as much as possible. Join that club, fraternity or sorority that you think looks fun but feel anxious about joining. Talk to those people who sit around you in class or you always pass on campus. Those might be your next best friends. That class that you think sounds interesting but is totally unrelated to your major might lead you to the career you’re meant to have.There are opportunities around you every day to make your college experience a great one. It’s just about having the courage to take advantage of them.

I’m not saying you should be reckless. College is hard work, and balance is essential. No one ever spent every weeknight partying and kept a 4.0. (Well, no one that I know of). For every hour you spend out with your new friends on a weeknight, you’ll probably spend at least two chugging coffee in the library at 2 a.m. on finals week. But you also need the support system and fulfillment from your campus life to keep you through. It’s a balancing act, but it pays off.

For probably the first time in your life, you have total freedom to live how you want. That comes with a lot of responsibility, but it’s worth it. Good luck, new Colonels.


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