Making the Most of Your First Year at PC


Harrison Hopkins

Nicole Alleva, Staff Writer

Welcome new students! We former freshmen wanted to give you some advice for how to make your first year experience the best that it can be.

1. Take Lots of Different Classes

The only way to really know if you don’t like something is to try it. You may think that you know exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life, but it may be a good idea to take classes in other areas that interest you. There’s always time to pick up a few minors if you budget your time correctly! You may even decide to change your previous plans.

2. It’s Impossible Not to Get Involved Here

There are many different ways to get involved on campus. The first few weeks here can be stressful, but by getting involved you will meet lots of people who have interests similar to yours! Extracurricular activities are excellent breaks from studying and are an awesome way to set yourself apart on graduate school applications and honor PC’s motto; “While we live, we serve.”

3. Hang in There, Things Do Get Better!

The first few weeks may seem rough, especially being away from home for the first time and having to make friends all over again. You probably won’t find your lifelong best friend in the first few weeks of school, but hang in there; you will find your group of friends soon!

4. Time Management is Essential

In high school, it’s easy to be involved in a lot of things that don’t demand major time commitments. At PC, classes demand lots of challenging outside readings and assignments. Many organizations on campus also require time commitments. Although it’s important to get good grades, it’s also important to have a social life and get enough sleep. By budgeting your time correctly, you’ll be on your way to a successful time at PC.

5. The Freshman Fifteen is Real

With lots of different options and the ability to get as many plates as you want at GDH, it’s easy to overeat. Make sure to check out the healthier options at GDH and Springs, especially the fresh bananas! Try to hit the gym a few times a week; there’s a few workout classes at night that are a fun way to blow off some steam. If the gym isn’t your thing, try joining an intramural sports team. If you would rather get fit by yourself, PC’s beautiful campus is always walkable.  There are tons of different ways to be active on campus!

6. Make Time For Yourself

With all of these classes, organizations, and social events, you are going to be busy. However hectic your schedule is, make sure that you set aside some time for yourself. Whether it’s walking around campus or reading a good book, you deserve some time to relax. You just may find that the relaxed you is better at doing everything else.

7. Don’t Forget to Call Home

Once you get adjusted to life at PC, it’s easy to forget to call home. Make sure you call your parents at least once a week to keep them updated about what’s going on at school. They miss you, and they want to make sure you’re keeping up your grades and having a great college experience. Your parents are proud of you and happy that you are at least somewhat independent, but they still want to know what’s up.

8. PC is a Family

PC is a tight knit community. With a small student body, you get to know lots of different people. You will create both personal and professional bonds that you will carry with you throughout your life. Your professors want you to succeed and will give you opportunities if you’re willing to work. You will make lifelong friends here, who will be there to enjoy the good times and pick you up during the bad ones.

9. Clinton Welcomes You

Clinton is a town of about 8500 people, and PC is a college of about 1100.  The people of Clinton love and depend on PC students; the local businesses, churches, and people are friendly and welcoming.  Enjoy food from local restaurants and shop in local stores.  Much of their business comes from students like yourself, so don’t let them down. Represent PC to the Clinton community well, and show them that you appreciate them as much as they appreciate you.

10. Take Advantage of “Fancy” GDH

Anytime that you hear about a special dinner that Sodexo is sponsoring, sign up for it and go! Just recently, Dr. Lilly hosted his annual Welcome to PC party for freshmen. If you didn’t go, you missed out on some yummy food. Anytime Sodexo is catering an event, the food will be awesome.

We’re so excited to welcome you to the Presbyterian College family, and we know you’re going to have an awesome first year!  Go Blue Hose!