First-year students take on college

By Irma Martinez
Pulse Staff Reporter

Lizzie Garses, an Early Childhood Development major, chats with a friend between classes.
Lizzie Garses, an Early Childhood Development major, chats with a friend between classes. Photo by Irma Martinez.

The process of enrolling, creating your schedule, buying textbooks and memorizing the locations of your classes on a specific day can be quite overwhelming for first-time college students, and that’s just the beginning.

Soon enough syllabus week goes by and your classes plunge straight into the lectures and quizzes. You will make a new friend, Coffee, and forget about your old best friend, Sleep.

Lizzie Garses, a freshman majoring in Early Childhood Development, took a gap year after graduating from high school and wishes she would’ve known it wasn’t as hard as she expected.

“Once I find the deadlines of my assignments, I quickly try to finish them so I can have more time with my son. Everyone told me that it was going to be extremely hard to balance everything and still make good grades, but I can handle it,” she said.

Garses said that she finds the professors on campus very helpful and that everyone she has come across is friendly.

“College is definitely challenging. I just wished I knew not to stress about it so much,” she said.

Freshman Social Work Major Alondra Guerrero finds that the college workload is just about the same as her high school workload but just a faster pace. She makes frequent visits to her advisor when she has a question or concern about a class.

“It’s a very friendly environment, and there’s always someone who is willing to help you,” she said.

One thing Guerrero wishes she knew was how expensive college really is if you live out of district and have to pay out of pocket.

“Tuition, books, gas to get to class. It all adds up,” she said.

Student Advisor Nora Arredondo said that registering for classes and planning what classes to take for certain degree plans is what mainly concerns first-year students.

“They want to make sure they are only taking the classes they need to graduate within a two-year period,” she said.

Another concern that frequently gets brought up is deciding whether a student should add or drop a class.

“They come see me when they have an issue with one of their classes or have a question on where they stand academically,” she said.

Arredondo also said that first-year students like to come by when their class is cancelled if they do not know what to do.

Some of you might expect that your college years are supposed to be the best years of your life, so the new environment might seem scary at first. Lizzie Garses advises first-time college students to get involved on campus.

“Don’t be hesitant to put yourself out there. College is a great opportunity to explore your interests and do good,” she said.

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