Advice for new members of the herd – The Parthenon

Showing up for New Student Orientation is a strange time in your early days as a student. It’s like you just crossed the stage when you graduated from high school, now you’re hearing all the do’s and don’ts of college life and getting ready for your next chapter. Orientation is one of the last college-related things you do with your parents, soon you’ll be functioning much more independently.

In any orientation room, there are varying degrees of excitement among new students. Some of them chose Marshall because it’s where they want to be, some like me only went to Marshall for the price. As someone who went to high school in Huntington, Marshall didn’t quench my appetite for excitement at first. It wasn’t until I let go of my preconceptions of what college life would be like at Marshall that I knew I had found my home.

Wherever you are on this reluctance to excitement scale, allow me to share some tips if you want to spend four successful and exciting years here at Marshall.

1. Expand your horizons.

I believe you are doing yourself a disservice if you leave Marshall the same way you arrived. University is a great opportunity to learn and grow – both with your time in class and the time you spend meeting new people. A considerable part of the value of your degree is the maturity associated with the process of working with others and foreign points of view. Expand your circle and entertain all strangers and unexpected visitors.

2. Clear your way and get to know yourself.

Our college president often quotes Mark Twain as saying “the two most important days in a life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” It’s almost time to figure out your outlook on life, and some of you may have it all planned out already. Are you brave enough to take the first step towards its realization? Are you ready to be yourself outside of your parents, hometown, and high school?

3. Finally, work and play hard.

Of all the uncontrollable circumstances in life, you can control your attitude and your efforts. If you fail a test, a course, or even the end of your studies, let it not be because of your lack of effort. Life is all about balance, and too much work or play will eventually sabotage your goals and your happiness. Keep careful track of this balance in your life.

I wish you all good luck and happiness in your stay here. This college community is ready to accept you and help you succeed, be sure to give it a chance.