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April 26, 2016


Tips and Recommendations I’d Give Myself as a Freshman

By: Katie Nimtz

Dear Katie-bug,

Fall 2013: the beginning of it all. Just like Mike and Sulley from Monster’s University, you are on the way to college. “You have your whole life ahead of you,” will seem like a broken record by the time you take your first steps on campus. Some friendly reminders to help you along the way:

One Day at a Time

To begin, you’ll have to make an appointment with your academic advisor to look over the plan for the next seven semesters. Hopefully, by now you already have figured out housing, meal plans, the campus, employment, the RSOs, internships, graduation date (and everything to get ready before your first official position). This may all feel overwhelming; remember to focus on the here and now. Take each academic year by semester. Take the semester by months, months by weeks, weeks by days. Remember to breath and take it one day at a time. You will slowly accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

Look Both Ways Before Pulling Out of the Driveway

As you get into your car and slowly roll towards the end of the driveway remember to stop and look both ways before stepping on the gas. Look around the mountain of snow to watch out for that truck coming straight for you! It’s okay if you crash your first car. There will be many obstacles in life where you just have to pick up the pieces and keep moving forward.

Be a Pineapple

Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside. Never let anyone try to rot your dreams with their negativity. Be confident in who you are by looking back on how much you have already accomplished. Take opportunities that will further your experience. The small things always add up to big ones.

Check the Fluids

Like that grey Oldsmobile you will eventually run on fumes if you aren’t careful. Keeping your physical health in check will go a long way. Check out MyFitnessPal to track those calories, workouts, ounces of water, and yoga sessions. Start the routine early. You don’t always have to do a section of P90x, just remember to keep moving and eventually you will start to see results.

You’ll Never Be Too Old for Disney

Don’t let anyone tell you, “You’re too old to be a princess anymore.” Be like Princess Jasmine, don’t be afraid to take chances and expand your views. Take that carpet ride to see the world, because life is too short to settle. Live your life like Rapunzel, your comfort zone is meant to be shattered. Do something every day that scares you. Have Tiana’s work ethic, it’s not enough to just dream about it. Only you can make it happen with determination. When you find yourself lost in the riverbend of life, follow your heart like Pocahontas. You have to trust yourself, you have instincts that will guide you.

I’ll see you in about three years.

Keep your head up,

Katie Nimtz

Katie Nimtz is a junior in the Public Relations program, she transferred from Southwestern Michigan College in 2015. Currently she is the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Representative for Ferris State Student Government. She is in the Honors Program, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society. Nimtz is the Student Co-Chair on the executive board of the Career Center Advisory Council. She works in the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services as an Employer Representative. Next year she will be Vice President of Campus and Community Outreach for PRSSA and the Director of Public Relations for Student Government.