We asked current students to think back to their freshmen year and what they wish they had known. Their advice is below.
College is great because you don’t have to be the person you were in high school, so give everyone and everything a chance. Try out different things. Don’t be scared to try everything (within reason of course) when you first start because once you find the few things you love, you can drop all the others.
Be open to new experiences and new people because you’re only a freshman once.
Approach Wake with an open mind.
Be outgoing. There are so many opportunities to meet people, but you have to put yourself out there. I’m not shy, but I’m also not super outgoing, so I pushed myself to be chatty in and out of class and made friends in surprising ways.
Don’t be shy or scared to try new things. Everyone around you is new and most likely feeling the same way.
Never say no (within reason)! I tried to put myself out there and always accept invitations. This way, you meet a lot of different people instead of staying in your dorm and missing home.
Think about what values you want to uphold BEFORE you get to college. Not everyone drinks.
Talk to everyone during Orientation, even if you’re an introvert, like me.
Just enjoy the ride of “finding yourself” as cheesy as that sounds. College is really a time where you’ll discover things you’ll love, and you’ll experience uncertainty, and you’ll make friends and you’ll find your niche and it will be wonderful so just take a breath and enjoy the ride.
Don’t be afraid to go up and say hello, you all are in the same boat and you never know who will be your best friends for life.
Don’t worry about making friends right away, it will happen, I promise. You will find your people.
Editorial note: The comments have been minimally edited and grouped together for coherence. In come cases, comments were combined with others. When we had students responding with the same advice, we repeated it for emphasis. In the event a student offered advice that ran counter to what Wake Forest advises, it was not included. These comments represent the views of the student commentators, not the views of the Parent Programs office or Wake Forest.