Conversation with a First-Year Student

Alex Garza is a first-year student from New Jersey majoring in occupational therapy.  We reached out to Alex to find out about her first semester here at Scranton.

What were your expectations about college before coming to Scranton, and how have they changed or stayed the same after spending a semester here?

Before coming to college, I was extremely nervous because this was my first time away from home for more than a couple of months. I knew the coursework would be harder, and I knew I was coming into this school not knowing anyone. I didn’t really have a lot of expectations because everyone’s college experience is different. After staying a semester here, my expectations changed, and it has been a great experience so far.

What is your favorite thing about Scranton?

My favorite thing at Scranton so far is the activities I’m involved in and the friends I’ve made here. My two favorite things I’m involved in are the Royal Harmony a cappella group and the Liva Arts performing arts program. My first semester with Royal Harmony was so much fun! This was my first time doing a cappella and it was an interesting experience. Those girls are like my family here, and they’re really good friends of mine! I just got into the musical for Liva Arts and, so far, the experience has been amazing! The kids are so nice, and I can’t wait to perform with them in April. I’ve been performing for years and finally doing it in college makes me so happy.

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The First 5 Weeks of the Semester: What to Do, Who to See, and Where to Go!

By Zoȅ Haggerty and Katelyn Moore
The first week of the semester can be pretty hectic. There are club fairs to explore, floor meetings and programs to attend, and new buildings to navigate, not to mention going to classes and figuring out how to use your syllabus. But now the first week is over, and you may be wondering, what’s next? We’re here to help you find fun events, plus recommend some things to do in these first weeks to guarantee a successful semester!
Getting Situated
Get a Planner! One syllabus can be intimidating, but after 4 or 5 class syllabi, you may be feeling entirely overwhelmed. Don’t worry! Your syllabus is actually one of your best resources this semester. It lets you know every due date, exam date, and homework assignment waaay ahead of time, so you can be prepared and start bigger projects early. Head over to the bookstore to grab a cute planner or a jumbo-sized calendar, and start filling in those due dates!
Club Meetings How many clubs did you sign up for at the Student Activities Fair? They’ll probably start sending you emails soon regarding when their first meetings will be! Go ahead and visit as many as possible to see what you’d like to be involved in this semester. Clubs are an excellent way to connect with new friends who are interested in the same things as you!
Check Your Email Daily Prior to college, email might not have been on your radar, but now it’s one of your main sources of communication! Be sure to keep an eye on your email throughout the day, as professors and various organizations will send you updates regarding assignments, mandatory meetings (such as the Royal Taps Program and PACT), and important upcoming events. Plus, don’t be afraid to email your professor with questions or concerns!

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