Student Voices: Advice from seniors to freshmen

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Adam Dillenbeck
Opinion Editor
Jesse Sanchez
Staff Writer

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Caitlyn Eakins

Senior, History Education

[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.49″] “Get your generals done as fast as you can. Take as many credits as you can handle too. Research the professors before you sign up for them. There’s some classes that I wish I would have taken different. My major is history, and I kind of scheduled things so that I only had classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which limited my options. I kind of wish I had taken cooler classes.” [/et_pb_text][et_pb_blurb admin_label=”Blurb” image=”” _builder_version=”3.0.49″]

Michael Poyfair

Senior, Russian Language

[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.49″] “I guess I appreciate the school itself. I like the layout. I graduated from BYU and I came down here, and it was just really easy to come in here and say ‘Hey, this is what I’m doing. I’ve taken these classes and I know they may not line up or whatever,’ but the counsellors were really understanding and cool about it and helped me get on my way. If you have a dream or a career that you really want to do, just keep going. There’s no rush, which doesn’t mean that you should slack off or anything. I’ve been trying to get into medical school since I was 18, and I’m 26. If it’s worth it to you just keep going. It’ll suck some days, but it’ll be cool. I wish I’d taken a fun class here or there. I’ve taken a lot of language classes, and I’ve enjoyed that … but I didn’t really have time to take a music appreciation class or a volleyball class or something like that.” [/et_pb_text][et_pb_blurb admin_label=”Blurb” image=”” _builder_version=”3.0.49″]

Katie Blodgett

Senior, Forensic Science

[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.49″] “Don’t be afraid to ask for help, take advantage of all the tutoring labs and the extra resources that are available. It’ll really help get you through classes that are tough. I’ve just had really great teachers that try to involve you in a lot of things and get you exposed to what it’ll be like once you get out of school. [I wish I’d been] more involved in the social life that’s here.” [/et_pb_text][et_pb_blurb admin_label=”Blurb” image=”” _builder_version=”3.0.49″]

Dallin Maglby

Senior, Computer Science

[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.49″] “I don’t know, get good grades? Actually try in class so that you’re not here for 10 years. Enjoy it, it goes quick. I just love the school. It’s grown a lot since I’ve been here, we have a bunch of new buildings and a bunch of new students. It’s cool to see the school grow, and that’s probably what I’ve taken away. I probably would’ve done more things on campus. More sporting events and things like that, and been more participatory in things like those.” [/et_pb_text][et_pb_blurb admin_label=”Blurb” image=”” _builder_version=”3.0.49″]

Mariel Hatch

Senior, Biology with a minor in Chemistry

[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.49″] “I love how each professor is invested in your success. Maybe it’s just my program, but I felt like every professor I worked with wanted me to succeed. Even if sometimes [they used a] little bit of tough love, their goal was very obvious. They were very clear about the fact that they wanted to see me grow. On your first day, the first week of a class, go talk to your professor. Go talk about what [their] goals are, how they structure tests, what they’re hoping for you to get out of the chapters. Have an open dialogue with your professors. Don’t buy your textbook the first day, wait like a week before you buy it.” [/et_pb_text][et_pb_blurb admin_label=”Blurb” image=”” _builder_version=”3.0.49″]

Mason Garland

Senior, Biology and Philosophy

[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.49″] “[My favorite thing is] the unique opportunities that an undergraduate gets at UVU. There aren’t any grad programs, so — especially for biology — you can do a lot of things that a student at BYU couldn’t do, such as prepare cadavers and things like that. De­finitely good [and] unique opportunities for undergrad students. Take any opportunity that you can to get involved with professors. Make sure that they know your name. You need to make your network with these professionals, they’re going to be your peers once you graduate. Summer semester sucked, so don’t do anatomy during the summer semester. That’s what I would advise. Summer semesters, if you can great, but don’t do summer.” [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_4″][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]