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Seniors recommend that freshmen should reach out to their professors whenever they need help.

College can be stressful. Luckily, seniors have some tips.

When new students arrive on campus, it can be a whirlwind of new experiences and people all at once.

It is important not to get bogged down in the beginning and to stay on track with school, friends and mental health.

Get involved

If there is a club that you find interesting, go to meetings, or sign up for it. It is good to be outgoing and try new things, especially if there is the chance that you could meet new people with shared interests that you could hang out with. Clubs can be a great way to experience more of campus, as well as offer a way to have fun.

Take breaks

It is very important not to compromise mental health for schoolwork. Remember to take breaks from work – whether that is just walking around your dorm to stretch your legs or going outside for an extended amount of time to get some fresh air.

Spend time with friends

You may spend five days of the week in class all day, and then doing homework in the evening, but don’t let that stop you from being social. Try to slot out time to make sure you can interact with people. Keep in mind that humans are social creatures. Just meeting with friends for as little as 30 minutes can change the outlook you have on a night.

Don’t be afraid to message professors

If you need help with something or have any questions about an assignment or class schedule, ask your professors. They are normally happy to help you. Professors would rather you ask about something rather than being confused and not being able to correctly do an assignment. They can sometimes seem scary to message, but they are here not just to teach you, but to help you.

Don’t get too far behind

Sometimes schoolwork can sneak up on you – it happens to the best of us. The most important thing to remember is timeliness. Staying up-to-date with schoolwork can be the difference between passing or failing a class. Procrastination is something that affects almost every student at some point.

The key is to realize that you are distracted, and then being able to turn it around and get the work done that you need to get done.

Try meeting new people

Connections can mean a lot. You never know who you will be friends with later in life, so making connections now can be very important. Whether it is the person that has their camera off in your Zoom math class or the one other person that went to the in-person day for class, try starting up a conversation.

Get enough sleep

Especially in the case of having a class early in the morning, you want to be sure that you are getting enough sleep. After all, you don’t want to be falling asleep in the middle of class. Sleep is needed for mental health, as well as physical health. You wo not be able to academically perform at your best if you are tired.

These skills can help you navigate the landscape of life here at IUP. Just remember to be patient and not too hard on yourself if you miss an assignment or spend too much time out with friends, because new skills take a while to fully learn.

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