Written by Kimberly Webber, Resident Programming Advisor for Todd/Phibbs
Well, we did it! Fall semester down, one more to go! Whether you’re a freshman finishing up your first semester of college, a junior preparing to go abroad (or coming home from abroad), or a senior heading into your last semester of college, I have one piece of advice for the Spring semester: treat it like a whole new year.
After 4 months, you’ve gotten used to your classes, what your professors require of you, where you love to eat lunch, and how to get ready without waking up your roommate; you’ve figured out a rhythm. But don’t let that rhythm, those friends, or your feelings about those classes dominate your second semester. I challenge each of you to try something new this semester. Go out for a new intramural team or join a new club. Better yet, get more involved in the organizations you’re already a part of by applying for leadership positions or by bringing friends along to meetings! Apply for new positions to get more connected to campus next year, like ASUPS, Residence Life, the Campus Visit Program, or Passages and Perspectives. Greek Life holds recruitment during the spring for those looking to get more involved and find a new niche of people to spend time with. It brings together people who are plugged into all different areas on campus!
During the spring of my freshman year, I joined Greek Life, applied to be an RA, made unexpected plans for my summer, took classes that challenged me and in which I met wonderful friends. I became more confident in the role I play on campus and I saw my friends do the same. I spent the majority of my time with different people than before as all of our schedules aligned differently and I began to see who my real friends were: those with whom I would stay close, regardless of whether or not we saw each other everyday. I grew up so much during my first semester of college that I felt like a different person second semester. So don’t let the title of “freshman” or whichever year you are to get in the way of your experience at Puget Sound. Don’t think that just because you missed out on something, or were thrown into something you weren’t quite ready for last semester, that there aren’t one hundred and one opportunities for you around the corner.
You have 3-5 years to make this place your home, to positively affect the lives around you, and to better yourself. Go! Do it! Don’t wait! Treat Spring Semester like a new year!