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Written by Kate November 6, 2017
As I continue to navigate my freshman year at Ohio State, I keep thinking back to my senior year of high school. This is mostly as a result of the slew of questions I get every week from my high school friends that are just now beginning to apply to Ohio State. Just like them, I was a bit terrified. While I was sure that I would find my place here, everything was just going to be so different. Here are the three crucial pieces of advice that I tell all of my incoming friends:
1. You have found your way to the Buckeye Blog. While I might be a bit biased, I would say you are off to a great start. When I was applying to Ohio State, one of the greatest tools I had was this site and the blogs of current and former students. As I was deciding on where I wanted to apply, I made a cognizant effort to see what students thought about their school. If you can’t make the trek and visit campus, this is a great place to start. While a walk around campus would quickly sell the idea that Buckeyes love being Buckeyes, reading through these blog posts will also allow you to understand why we love our school and just how much we do.
2. Pay attention to deadlines! One of the best things that I did when applying to Ohio State was apply by the November 1 early action deadline. By applying earlier, I was able to apply for the honors program (although you could also apply for scholars). By being an honors student, I am entitled to priority scheduling and smaller class sizes. This designation has made my transition to college seamless. My introductory honors biology, psychology, and anthropology classes have 40, 29, and 15 students respectively. This has really allowed me to get to know my professors and talk to them about their (incredibly inspiring) research. Compare this to my introductory non-honors chemistry course, which boasts a few hundred students in each lecture. In addition, the early deadline automatically sets you up for consideration for some of the merit-based scholarships offered through the university.
3. Even if you don’t make it to the early deadline, it will all be okay. In high school, I was told that college professors “don’t care” about how you do and that you won’t get to know your teachers. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that you’ll need to put a bit more effort in to get them to know you. The truth is, though, that this isn’t impossible. By simply attending office hours and showing genuine interest in the class, my chemistry lecturer has come to know my name. Surprisingly, my professor seems to know a lot of student’s names, routinely calling on students in class by name when they raise their hands.
While these are just a few bits of advice, I have found that these three things have led to my seamless transition from high school to college. While it truly is a massive change in your life, it doesn’t have to be as scary as everyone makes it out to be. You’ve got this.
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