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Vanessa Perocier, a senior psychology major, has been juggling the demands of her senior project and involvement in her sorority Alpha Omicron Pi. Perocier was in the Campus Center representing her sorority for Fall recruitment. / photo by Pablo Cabrera

Michelle Nuñez
Staff Writer

Seniors on campus have some advice for the incoming freshmen class, which could help smooth the road ahead for the newbies.

So listen up class of 2016, to what seniors say they wish they had known back when they were freshmen.

First, seniors recommend building good working relationships with professors by asking questions, taking the initiative, and being on time to class.

“When in doubt, ask questions,” said Evelyn Reyes, senior business major. “Ask questions to your professors and your peers. By not asking questions you can lose valuable time.”

Another recommendation is to work hard from the get-go.

“Don’t procrastinate, learn time management,” said Vanessa Perocier, a senior psychology major.

“Think ahead, if you need something from your professors, email them,” Natalie Guerrero, a psychology graduate student said. “Get as many (phone) numbers as you can from your peers – network.”

Focusing on the professors, gaining knowledge from them and having classmates phone numbers might help when working on an assignment as well.

“Teachers are really passionate about what they are teaching and they make it interesting,” said Anna Law, freshman kinesiology major. Just do not be late to class.

Seniors also had social advice.

“I didn’t put myself in a serious relationship (so I could) focus on my classes,” said Abraham Perez, a senior movement and sports science major. “By not being in serious relationships I was able to take my tests more seriously, which is a big part of the classroom.”

“I would think long and hard about getting into a relationship,” said Amanda Cox, senior German major. “Don’t get into a relationship with anybody at the University. This is such a small campus and they will always be with you in passing.”

Cox said was in a relationship with a student who shared the same group of friends.

“It became awkward,” Cox said. “My friends had to choose whose side to be on.”

Cox remembered her mother always telling her to date outside of your school.

“My mother told me that too,” said Alvaro Renteria, senior theater major.

Along with advice to focus on school work and relationships, seniors suggest becoming involved in extracurricular activities. Sports, Greek life and clubs are available on campus.

“I love it here,” said freshman Troy Levy. “My favorite part is the people and the new relationships I have made.”

The University this year has nearly 650 freshmen and nearly 200 transfer students, making it the largest in the University’s 121-year history. So freshman, seniors say, remember that 650 students are going through similar experiences and emotions.

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Caeline Eager is a freshman music major. Eager played piano in high school and is now enjoying the opportunity to learn from her professor Grace Zhao. / photo by Pablo Cabrera

Caeline Eager is a freshman music major. Eager played piano in high school and is now enjoying the opportunity to learn from her professor Grace Zhao. / photo by Pablo Cabrera

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