The transition to college is not always easy. It is hard and it can be lonely at times. Many students end up transferring but there are others who decide to stay and give it a go. We reached out to students to share their stories to help other students experiencing the same feelings, situations or thoughts especially now during COVID. Carson Kraycik shared her experience as a freshman at NC State and now as a sophomore navigating college and COVID.
- Get involved early and often as it is a hard transition to college no matter what everyone says.
- Go to the activities hosted by your dorm, clubs, and activities as you never know who you might meet.
- Meet with your professors as they offer office hours for a reason. They want to help and get to know students.
- 1st semester will present challenges, but if you can power through it, you will most likely find your people, your groove, and be ready to hit the ground running 2nd semester.
- Most clubs are hosting virtual gatherings, meetings, and events so join in as they are working hard to engage the student community with interesting speakers and challenges.
- Get a job as it is an opportunity to meet more people, earn some extra cash, and stay organized.
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Meet Carson Kraycik
Carson Kraycik is a fashion and textile management major in the Wilson College of Textiles. Carson had a very tough first semester and almost transferred home to University of Maryland second semester. She decided to stay at NCSU and that is when she started to really get involved. She rushed a sorority, joined club lacrosse, and ran and won a seat in the student senate. We look forward to Carson sharing her insights on how students can get involved at school early and often, resources that are available for freshman students, and advice for students now in a virtual environment.
Thank you to Carson for joining us today to share your tips for students navigating college and COVID. Get involved early and often at school, step out of your comfort zone as everyone is in the same boat, know that it takes a while to get over being homesick and finding your own place in your new home. Don’t give up too soon. Reach out to clubs, activities, get a job, and connect with the mental health and wellness centers. Take advantage now of all the virtual meetings as you never know who you might meet, what you might learn, or who you might see as organizations are bringing on exciting and interesting guests.