Three tips for incoming students: Your college experience is in your hands

Going to college, we all have certain expectations. We’ve heard stories, seen movies and read books, but we still never know quite what to expect.

My first year at Xavier was a rollercoaster of emotions. I was excited, yet terrified, happy, yet homesick, but ready to take on the next four years in this new home.

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Laura Birckhead is a fourth-year Communications major from Cincin­nati.

To make the most of your Xavier experience, I would give a few little tidbits of advice.

One: get involved. There are 163 organizations and clubs at this school, and if you do a little searching, you’re bound to find something that fits your lifestyle. During college, your education comes not only from the class­room, but from your experiences and involvement . Being involved teaches you transferable skills that you can use throughout your life.

Two: never turn down an op­portunity to make a new friend. It’s important to branch out from your roommates and your hall­mates and meet unique individu­als from all over the campus. You never know where you might meet your best friends.

And finally, three: enjoy. These are the best four years of your life. Yes, this is cliché, but it’s true. I have made the best friends and the most memorable of memo­ries and have an education that has taught me about leadership, service and being a woman for others.

Now, as a senior, I am happy to say that I am comfortable and confident in my decision to come to Xavier. I have made friends that will last me a lifetime, and I am proud to be a Xavier student.