As part of Meredith’s summer series of advice for incoming students, sophomores, juniors and seniors have shared their thoughts on everything from what classes to take first semester and how to balance a busy schedule to what to pack for life in the residence halls.
For the final installment, the Office of Admissions asked our student experts to offer one last piece of advice for the Class of 2016, who will arrive for Move-In Day and Orientation on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
•“Take initiative for yourself in class, on campus, and in the community. You will easily discover that by taking the first step and reaching out to others, you open to door to becoming a leader and growing as an individual and having a truly fulfilling college experience.”—Pooja Ghai, ’13
•“Get involved! Just don’t spread yourself too thin. I find it’s a lot more fun to find a few clubs/organizations to involve yourself with, that way you can better dedicate your time and ideas to them.”—Shelby Wilson, ’14
•“Keep in mind that your years at Meredith will mean so much more to you if you try to remember your academics and extracurricular activities should complement each other. College really is for learning, so keep that in mind.” – Kristen Gallagher, ’13
•“You do not have to know what your major is when you come in. Yes there might be some people who come in thinking they want to be ‘A’, and end up majoring in ‘A’, but many either don’t know or change their mind sometime during their college career. If you don’t know, take some general education classes and see what interests you. If you change majors, it is perfectly fine.”—Elizabeth Oates, ’13
•“Realize that you will get annoyed with your roommate at some point. But you have to decide what is worth getting upset over. Be considerate and think of how your actions affect others.”
—Christa Allen, ’15
•“Enjoy it, because it flies by! Don’t stress about finding out what you want to do or be involved in. Try different things and find what you are passionate about and where you want to devote your time. Take advantage of all that Meredith has to offer.” –Mary Rawls, ’13
•“Have fun, be yourself, and get involved with groups that make you happy or excited.” – Rebecca Jernigan, ’13
•“Do everything you can your freshman year without getting stressed out or feeling like you can’t handle it. College is a huge adjustment, especially if you are not from Raleigh. Make new friends, GO TO CLASS, try to get involved, be yourself, and most of all, get to know yourself even better. You will learn so much about who you are your freshman year. I really think it’s the year that is the most important for growth.” –Melissa de Leon, ’14
•“Be prepared for the time of your life! It may sound cliché but it really will be. There are ups and downs to your time at Meredith, but you will make your lifetime friends here and in four years you will earn your Angel wings and be able to fly them off into the real world a more prepared woman.”—Angel Jackson, ’13
•“Have fun. Try new things; meet new people.”—Sara Owens, ’15
•“I’m sure you are excited, anxious and probably very nervous, but just remember that you have chosen an amazing school with a very loving staff and student body. We are all your biggest fans, and we are so excited that you are coming to join our family of Angels. My freshman year was truly one of the best years of my life, and I’m sure that you will feel the same.”—Amanda Hall, ’15
Learn more about Meredith at meredith.edu/admissions, or contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-MEREDITH.