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Wisdom for frosh from Hope College students

College 101 - Beer Pong.jpgToday's frosh orientation guest lecturers are students at Hope College in Michigan.

Andrew Haggerty, junior, social work and psychology major

10AndrewHaggerty02.jpgThere are definitely times when it's a great idea to sacrifice a good night's sleep to do something fun. The camaraderie, conversation and usually some good late-night food are worth losing a couple hours of sleep. But that can't be every time. My roommate put a quote up in our room that says, "Everything in moderation, including moderation." Be responsible. Get your homework done. Study for your exams. But don't forget to be a college student.

10LaurenClack01.JPGLauren Clack, senior, biology, French and international studies major

I wish someone had told me, "Wherever you are, be there." It can be so easy to get involved that I think some new students find themselves getting over-involved and spreading themselves too thin. No matter how hard we try, we're not going to squeeze more than 24 hours in the day. So we should commit ourselves to things we love and commit ourselves fully, instead of trying to do too much.

Engage yourself in the classroom, and get the most out of what your tuition is paying for. But don't stop there. Don't let your education end in the classroom. College is a time for academic growth, but also personal growth. You may never find yourself again surrounded by so many interesting people, so learn from them. Learn from everything around you.

Also, I would advise incoming freshmen to take risks. Take risks academically by choosing courses that wouldn't normally appeal to you; you could stumble upon a new passion. Take risks socially by introducing yourself to new people; they could end up being your best friends. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and get involved in new ways on your campus. Most importantly, take risks while knowing your limits.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  August 5, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  College 101  | Tags: Frosh Orientation, Hope College  
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