As Peer Advisors, it’s our job to help incoming students prepare for and adjust to academic life at William & Mary. All new students will be given a peer advisor later in the summer to help them through the online summer course: COLL Studies [Or Tribe Studies for our transfers out there!]. Until then, we’re going to be posting some words of wisdom from some of our Peer Advisors that you can keep in mind as you get excited for Move-in and your first semester at William & Mary!
So without further ado, here is our first selection of PA Words of Wisdom:
“Don’t hesitate to ask for help or admit you don’t understand a topic. We have so many great resources and people willing to help, take advantage of them! There’s no judgement; we’re going through the same academics too.” – Annie Sadler, ‘18
“Go to office hours as much as possible! Professors are more than happy to help you.” – Olivia Witt ‘18
“My advice is to get involved outside of academics early on. Join a club sports team, greek organization, music ensemble, service club, religious group, or another organization that focuses on something you’re passionate about. Don’t just join one group, join multiple, and pick your favorites after you’ve gotten a taste of them all. My best friendships and favorite memories at W&M have stemmed from my extracurricular involvements.” – Leah Deskins ‘16
“Don’t worry about a thing because everything will turn out exactly the way it’s suppose to be.” – Alexis Anyang-Kusi ‘18
“For those who have no idea what they want to study—relax! It’s okay to not know what you want to major in. I stressed myself out for most of freshman year trying to fit into majors I thought I should like, rather than exploring and trying new things. Don’t force yourself into a major—find something you genuinely enjoy. Another piece of advice, once you know what you want to study, try to take one class outside of your major every semester. You are at a liberal arts school, after all; take advantage of the opportunity to learn new perspectives and ideas!” – Emily Marr, ‘17
“Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to selecting courses. In the fall, take a few courses for your intended major or your COLL requirements, but try filling up those last few credits with a course in an entirely different department. W&M offers infinite opportunities to broaden your horizons and challenge yourself in new and exciting ways!” – Emily Lynch ‘18
And last but not least:
“Enjoy your time here, because it goes by too quickly.” – Selina Fuller ‘17
Stay on the lookout for more PA Words of Wisdom and other awesome blogs coming your way from the PA Executive Board throughout the summer!