“If I Knew Then What I Know Now…” Student-to-Student Advice

college-pic“Learn how to balance a social life with your school life. Everyone has different goals; it’s up to you to personalize your college experience.”

– Biological Sciences Junior

“Make sure you get to know your advisor. They are a huge resource that many students fail to take advantage of. Go to their office hours, take classes with them, anything—the more they get to know you, the more they can help you to succeed both here at UD and in your future career.”

– International Relations Sophomore

Don’t be afraid to try new things and to step out of your comfort zone. I had a hard time adjusting to college, but having so many resources around truly helped; take advantage of everything offered. Find what you like and pursue it! If you end up not liking that major, then change it. There is no harm in trying different majors before you find what is right for you.

–  Marketing & Management Double Major

Reminder: First Year Seminar Essay Contest

emperor-2502016 Common Reader Essay Contest

The First Year Seminar contest is open to all first year students.  After reading, When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, take some time to reflect on what you learned and submit an essay for a chance to win money and the opportunity to ask a question of the author when she is on campus, Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Discuss how you see the similarities and differences in the perception and treatment of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and of Muslim Americans following the attacks of September 11, 2001, and current events related to ISIS. How does the treatment of Japanese Americans then inform the way you think about Muslim Americans today?

PART A: Essays will be judged on use of textual evidence, originality of thought and clarity of prose. The completed essay should contain no more than 750 words, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font, and including a heading that states the title of the essay, your name, and the best way to contact you.

PART B: Author, Julie Otsuka will visit UD on Wednesday, September 21st. Please submit a question for her, based on what you’ve read in her book.

PRIZES: 1st Place = $300 2nd Place = $150 3rd Place = $100 4th Place = $50

Essays and questions are due no later than Midnight on September 11, 2016.

Send material as an email attachment to: FYE-Essay@udel.edu, and write “FYE Essay Contest” in the subject line.  To be considered for the awards, you must complete and submit both parts A and B above by the deadline.

Welcome Class of 2020!

New Student Convocation 2010Welcome! Whether we say it in English, Spanish (Bienvenidos), Mandarin Chinese (Ni hao)), Hindi (Swaa-gat hai), or Swedish (Valkommen – did you know Delaware was founded by people from Sweden?) or Gaelic (Failte), we offer you a warm welcome to the University Studies Program at the University of Delaware.

We hope that today, your first one on campus as an official Blue Hen, is an exciting and memorable one.  We also hope that it’s fun – you may meet some of the best friends you’ll ever have, future dorm and classmates and students who might be in your Freshman Seminar (FYS).  You could be sitting next to some people you attend Activities Night with the first week of school, checking out some of UD’s 270+ student organizations – everything from Outing Club (kayaking, white water rafting, backpacking anyone?) to Slow Foods on Campus or P.R.O.U.D. – Puppy Raisers of the University of Delaware.

As for your academic life, it too begins today. One of the most important parts of this orientation day will be your scheduled appointment with your Academic Advisor.  You will meet one-on-one for half an hour, get acquainted, and choose your classes for your first semester.  Be sure to be on time for this important meeting, and don’t forget to take along the completed advisement worksheet that you received via mail in early June.

The next chapter in your life begins now.  We are pleased your new school colors are Delaware Blue and Gold.  Wear them proudly! And once again, welcome to UST!

UST Staff