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Chairs and tables are set back up in classrooms in preparation for the academic year. 


By Dorothy Cook

Welcome to Concordia, Class of 2025! The past  year has been a little crazy, to say the least, with COVID-19 and face masks and quarantines, but some members of the Class of 2022, who hopefully will graduate next spring, have some valuable insights and tips to make your freshman year successful and fun.

“Get to know as many people as you can while being true to yourself. Everyone is unique and it’s more fun to get to know people who you know you can be yourself around.”–Theresa Tvrdy, Elementary Education (ESL Concentration)

“Constantly weigh your priorities. College is for new experiences, but never forget what is more important than a good time.”–Emma Gaffney, Multidisciplinary Elementary Education (Minor in English Language Arts/History)

 “Make friends and talk to everyone. Go out of your way to meet new people and work on building relationships because you never know where you’re going to find a new best friend.”–Emily Rasmussen, Biology and Chemistry (Minor in Physics)

“Be out on campus. It is easy to stay in your dorm and do homework but if you go to J-top or the library, it’s much easier to get involved with the students. Plus, you can always start a study group!”-Marlena Sucha, Music Therapy (Minor in Psychology)

“Don’t let homework slip out of control. Do it on time and stay ahead if possible, that’s a life saver.”

– Sarah Schwacher, Biology (Minor in Chemistry and Spanish)

My personal advice is to let your parents hang your pictures and take you and your roommate out to lunch. Don’t let go first when they’re giving you that big goodbye hug. Your parents are on an emotional roller coaster ride right along with you as you head out on your newest adventure, and they want to cherish every last second with you before you start it. 

Do remember to say your prayers, stay on top of your homework, and put water in your cup of noodles before you put it in the microwave.

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