Hello Friends, Ally K here!
As I begin my final semester at UConn as an undergraduate I think back to freshman year and how much I have changed. I entered as a communications major hoping to become a PR/ marking mogul in NYC. I enjoyed the classes in my major but wanted to explore more options. This is my first piece of advice to incoming freshman- STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE! UConn has over 500 clubs and organizations on campus, find a new group that you never thought you would join. The Involvement Fair happens in the first few weeks of each semester. Freshman year I went to the Student Union with my floor-mates to find clubs that would expand my horizons. I joined our Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) which plans major events and has smaller sub-committees such as travel, concert and lecture that create activities for students. Becoming a member in clubs on campus allowed me to meet a variety of people and come out of my shell.
Many students chose to live with a random roommate which is a great way to meet new friends. You aren’t always going to be best friends with your roommate so it is important to make friends on your floor. These people are closest in proximity to you and will probably continue to be friends for life. I have many fond memories of freshman year and living with all my friends just hanging out around campus. When you have to go eat in the dining hall it can be intimidating, another reason why making friends on your floor can help you.
I remember attending my first college class and being overwhelmed. I started a conversation with the girl next to me and we continued to be seat buddies for the semester and study together before exams. Be friendly! That is another piece of advice to keep in mind. Just remember that you aren’t the only freshman who is nervous about making friends, getting good grades and being away from home. You can always ask for help if you need it!
The past four years at UConn have been INCREDIBLE and if I could trade with a freshman…I wouldn’t hesitate for a second. Students today, Huskies forever!