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Advice to my first year self

 Written by    April 25, 2016

As I complete my senior year I am getting more nostalgic and sentimental each day. Reminiscing about the last four years, I have been asking my fellow seniors what they wish they would have known as first-year students. Here are some of their responses…

1377524_10202569041180391_540456090_nBrennan Hall, Political Science; Cincinnati, OH

“If I were to give advice to my first year self it would be to make a more concerted effort to make friends in my classes. When I had group projects I always made really good friends, and I wish I would have made more of an effort to make friends in class, not just outside of class.”



Alyssa Pastor, Human Resources; Solon, OH

“Always bring a jacket. Find a good study spot. Balance friends and significant others. Exercise. Don’t get overly involved and spread yourself thin.”



Mike Mossbarger, Biology; Newtown, CT

“Take advantage of all the amenities and fun things Ohio State and Columbus have to offer. As we come closer to graduating, I don’t regret anything I’ve done in school; I regret things I haven’t.”


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Angelica Pastrana, Communication and Economics; Parma, OH

“Learn how to use the CABS busses.”



Katie Gaetano, Accounting; Canton, OH

“Say yes to everything even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Be eager to make friends. Don’t just stick to one person or by yourself. That’s how you’ll meet people and make some of your best friends. Make sure you’re spending your time doing things that you actually like because four years is shorter than you think.”


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Nathanael Jones, Psychology; Cincinnati, OH

“Say ‘no’ less often, whether that be to friends asking to hang or to applying to something or to trying something new.”


I think Mike puts it well when he says that he doesn’t regret anything he has done at Ohio State, but rather the things he didn’t do. The biggest piece of advice I can give is to try new things and say yes even if it’s out of your comfort zone. You want to be able to look back and say you really took advantage of every opportunity you have here. You won’t regret it!



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