The UP staff and senior SG leaders offer down-to-earth advice to new students.

Christopher Massana

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Life as a new university student can be confusing –– new classes, new faces, new teachers, an unfamiliar environment, and where the hell do you go to get something to eat?

Need a little help? Never fear, the UP is here, along with a Student Government officer or two. Together, they’re offering some of their best advice to you, the new reader. Enjoy!

Of course, “best advice” is a relative term…

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Breanndolyn Lies, Assistant Special Issue Designer:

“College is filled with new challenges and new faces. Embrace change, and remember that every class you take is an excellent opportunity to build upon your future career. Get the most out of your tuition.”

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Emily Bloch, Features Editor:

“The best advice I can give would be to get involved in something. Seriously, anything. Any group, club, or team you join here means you’ll end up meeting people you have things in common with, and you’ll always know what’s going on around campus.”

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Cealia Brannan, Managing Editor:

“Get involved. There are so many student clubs and organizations at FAU. There’s something for everyone. The sooner you get involved, the more experience you’ll have that can help you succeed during your time here –– not to mention the fun and friends that will come along with it.”

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Zack Kelberman, Sports Editor:

“Be responsible. With college comes extra freedom, and the exciting new opportunity to make your own decisions. Unlike high school, professors won’t personally keep tabs on your attendance, and don’t care if you choose to regularly skip. They’ll just drop you or fail you and move on. Someone is paying a pretty penny for your education, so just go to class.”

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Chris Hamann, Copy Desk Chief:

“Don’t trust administration. It’s a bog of red tape and bureaucracy. If you need help with something, your best bet is to try to make friends with someone who’s been at FAU for a while.”

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Laura May, Special Issue Designer:

“You’re not in high school anymore. Don’t form cliques, but make real friends. The ones you find in college will hopefully last you your whole life. They say it’s supposed to be the best time of your life but sometimes being a 20-something sucks and you just have to deal with it.”

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Dylan Bouscher, Editor-In-Chief:

“Don’t be afraid to do something that you never thought you would do. Something that has always been of little interest to you. You should go and do that thing, and just figure out why you do or don’t like doing it; because that’s what college is all about, it’s about finding out what you don’t want to do as much as it is finding out what you do want to do.”

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Austen Erblat, News Editor:

“Keep an open mind, you’re in college to learn, and that doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Take advantage of all the shit you’re already paying for with your tuition.”

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Josh Gattis, Business Manager:

“When you’re registering for your classes, you should check websites like Rate My Professor to find out what you’re getting into.”

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Michelle Friswell, Creative Director:

“Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate. Work can build up very fast, and its best to get it done as soon as possible.”

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Peter Amirato, Student Body President:

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions, because too many people never say anything and they never get answers.”

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Jaclyn Broudy, Speaker of the Boca House of Representatives

“[Don’t just] get involved, meet people who are also involved in the same things that you’re involved in that will inspire you to move even farther into what you’re interested in. So, if you’re interested in Student Government, for example, meet people that will inspire you to push further, maybe run for higher office one day.”

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