We asked current students to think back to their freshmen year and what they wish they had known. Their advice is below.
If I could go back and do anything differently my first semester of freshmen year – it would be to take better care of myself! Going from being a high school basketball player to just practicing club basketball twice a week, I added on a pound of two for sure. I ate Chick Fil A almost every day for lunch (I mean it is just a 3 minute walk and a swipe away). I got sick so many times with colds and stomach bugs first semester, and I didn’t regularly exercise.
Second semester I started taking advantage of the healthy food available on campus, as well as using the gym on campus daily, and boy did I see a HUGE difference! Between exercising, only drinking water, and really eating healthy, i didn’t get sick at all, and I felt so much cleaner, happier, and healthier! Take care of your body!
Go to the gym at least twice a week and once on the weekend. You’ll feel better.
It is COMPLETELY NORMAL to be homesick. I got horribly homesick a few times and thought no one else was going through the same thing I was. We were all too cool to admit it. But Wake doesn’t want you to miserable, your friends don’t want you to be sad, and you’ll be able to find support when you look for it. For me I went to Student Health because I didn’t want to cry in front of my roommate and they gave me chicken soup.
Be sure to call your parents. If not for your sake, then do it for their sake. Texting is great – it is fast and easy and immediate, so be sure to stay in contact by text messaging, too. But it is nice for your parents to hear your voice and to chat about what’s happening in their lives, too. Think of it as a gift you can give to your parents that doesn’t cost you anything!
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.