Summer is at the mid-way point—the sun is shining and flowers are in full bloom. Before we know it, Marian University will be hopping with new first-year students. We are prepping and getting ready for you to be a part of the community.

Here are 5 pointers to keep in mind and ponder as you get ready to begin your first-year at Marian:

  1. Check your Marian email—this is important, because as soon as you registered for classes at Marian, your email account was activated. You will be getting messages from University staff seeing how you are doing and sometimes even requesting information from you. This is your official University email. It is an expectation that all employees and students will use their Marian account. Start transitioning away from your Gmail/Yahoo accounts OR get in the habit of using both accounts.
  2. You will be assigned a Student Mentor who works for the First-Year Studies program. Please do not hesitate to ask him or her questions. The team of mentors serves as a great resource. They will be helping you throughout New Student Orientation and your first year at Marian. These are people you can count on to help you!
  3. Attend New Student Orientation (Thursday, August 24-Sunday August 27, 2017). These events are a great opportunity to meet new people, feel comfortable with the campus, and to get important information that aids in your success. Think of this as orienting you for your future!
  4. Set goals. Surely you have heard this many times before, but do you know that those students who set goals are more likely to have increased motivation and achievement? It helps you to focus on what is important. Think in terms of your involvement in the campus community; how much time for academics, or a desired grade point of average. If nothing else, start small and see what happens!
  5. Develop a “take a chance” mindset. College is a great opportunity to explore and take a chance on something you might have always wanted to do – maybe it is take a piano class or get involved in a an intra-mural sport just to try. The key is staying open to new opportunities that help you to grow and challenge yourself.

College is a new beginning. You may have had a label placed on you in high school or within your community. College can be that start where you can grow as a learner, leader, and a human and get rid of that label. This is your fresh start, so take a moment to ponder these points before you arrive on campus. This will be the best time of your life—YOU have complete control of this!

Written by guest blogger: Jennifer Krueger, director of the First-Year Studies Program