We asked current students to think back to their freshmen year and what they wish they had known. Their advice is below.
Social Life can be very stressful, especially the first few weeks. My advice would be this: parties aren’t the only thing to do and you’re not the only one who may not want to go party every weekend. It may take some time, but there are plenty of people who choose to do other things with their time and you can very much find them.
Do not go off campus in the first few weeks of school for social events even if a fraternity or sorority invites you, or do not drink off campus at these events. During the first weeks of school the [city] police stake out and raid these events, citing students [in large numbers].
Remember as a freshmen at WFU, you are a new arrival to the town. Like a new employee to a company, you stand out to local law enforcement / people there. Act accordingly. The school as well as local law enforcement take underage drinking very seriously and will raid parties. You are an easy target. You will stand out as being a ‘newby’ in the town.
Ask upperclassmen for organization introductions or the basic layout of Wake campus life.
Try the one-time-a-year events too like running Hit the Bricks and being an escort at Project Pumpkin. These are amazing events you’ll probably only experience four times each at Wake, so make sure you get involved with these as well as year-round activities.
It’s also important to stay busy and try different things. Don’t let school work be your only obligation.
Get to know upperclassmen too! They were freshmen too.
You may not like your roommate(s). That’s okay. BUT, you may love your hall-mates. Your friends that you made during Orientation may not be your friends during Spring Break. That’s also okay!
Also, you may not meet your best friend the first week of school. For me, I met my closest friends in the Fall and Spring of my freshman year. If you haven’t found “your group” by Christmas Break, that’s totally fine. I didn’t even know that some of my closest friends, today, existed until January of my freshman year.
Spend the first year really doing Wake sponsored traditions and events with girls and boys who really want to become Deacs. Join a club like the Screaming Deacs or the comedy troupe or something you have interest in , but not more than one this year!
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.