If I Knew Then What I Know Now (More Advice!!!)

As a new feature in the Talk of Townsend blog, throughout the semester we will provide words of wisdom to freshmen and underclassmen. Please check back for advice on midterms, finals, getting involved, and more!

“Before you come to college many people will try to give you advice and more often than not we think that we have everything under control; but the one tip that has actually been very useful to me is the one where everyone says, “Prioritize your time.” This doesn’t mean all work and no play, but it definitely means set time aside to get your work done so you have time to enjoy all that college offers. Pay attention to the syllabi your professors give you so you know what assignments you have coming up and plan out what you’re going to do in the upcoming week. It’ll save you time and give you the opportunity to have some fun.”



-Holly Powers

Coming into a new school, especially one as big as Delaware, can be really intimidating. With all these new faces around you, it may be hard to talk to people or introduce yourself to people in your classes but do it! Making friends in your classes is a really great opportunity because if you get sick or can’t make it to class one day you have someone who can help you catch up and it can also be really helpful to study with a classmate!”


-Danielle Johnson

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

As a new feature in the Talk of Townsend blog, throughout the semester we will provide words of wisdom to freshmen and underclassmen. Please check back for advice on midterms, finals, getting involved, and more!

“When I was a freshman I was really intimidated to try new things because I didn’t like being out of my comfort zone. I went to activities night my freshman year and saw all the cool things like ballroom dancing and outing club. As I walked by booth after booth I was too scared to sign up for anything because they weren’t things I was used to being a part of. After a boring first semester I realized that being at college is all about being out of your comfort zone. It’s a time in your life to try out new things and see what you like and what you don’t like. I wish that when I was a freshman I had known to not be afraid and just jump right in to new experiences.”

-Caitlin Merrill

First Day of Classes: “Some professors will go over the syllabus the entire first week of class, others will go straight into lecture without turning back. Regardless of what kind of professor you have it is best to always have your notebooks (and your clickers) on you. You never know what the professors might have planned for you.”

Words of Wisdom for Freshmen: “Although it is stressful being without your friends or family, freshman year is the perfect time to reach out of your comfort zone and meet new people. No matter where you are or what you are doing, always be open to meeting new acquaintances, especially meeting people outside of your dorm. Clubs are also a great way to make new friends, if they are in the same club as you that means they have a similar interest. A perfect opportunity to start a conversation.”

-Nina Pusateri