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Moving away from home and to start living on your own is a big step in one’s life. At Ball State University, every freshman is welcomed with open arms as they take on this big change. Here are a few tips to make your first year as a Cardinal a success!

1. Step out of your Comfort Zone

This is probably the hardest part of being away from home with a bunch of people you don’t know. The ability to reach out to people and to make yourself known is very important. Whether you want to or not, you will meet tons of new people every single day. It is important to be able to break out of your shell and mingle. When you have someone to experience all your time at college with you, it tends to be more enjoyable!

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2. Join a Club or Organization

This is another great way to meet new friends! Whether it be a religious group, sport or student media, you will be able to meet new people and have fun along the way. Getting out of your room and being involved can be a great way to also make connections for your future career! To sum up, joining a club will boost your chances of making lifelong friends and you’ll have tons of fun!

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3. Go to Sporting Events

In high school, having school spirit can be considered lame and not many people actually care. At Ball State, this is not the case at all. As a Cardinals, you are held with the responsibility to show your school’s pride and to represent Ball State in a positive manner. Going to a football or basketball game is a fun way to show your school pride and have a great time with your friends!

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4. Try Not to Slack Off

It becomes very easy to sleep, watch Netflix and eat food rather than studying and going to class. It is crucial to avoid this at all cost! Going to class and taking notes will directly affect your performance in your classes. For most students, high school was a breeze and they never had to study. It becomes very important very quickly to learn how to study and to apply these skills in the classroom.

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5. Create Your Brand

At least one of your professors will say at some point that creating your own personal brand is very important for your professional career. This may be the most important aspect that you need to learn early in your educational career. The first, and easiest, step in doing so, is to simply introduce yourself to your professors. It only takes a minute to get your name in the mind of a professional. Professors have connections on connections that can be at your disposal if you make yourself known.

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Being a freshman can become a daunting task for many people. If you keep it simple, put yourself out there and create your own brand, you can surely succeed in your first year at Ball State University!


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Drew Pierce


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