Freshmen fret first year

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    Some incoming freshmen are not sure what to expect in their first semester, but advice from upperclassmen and alumni might help freshmen make the most of their college experiences.One common concern expressed by freshmen is time management.

    Douglas Lynn, ’04 TCU alumnus who was having lunch on campus, suggested choosing studying over a social event.

    “There will always be another party or athletic event, and chances are, it will be bigger and better than the one you missed,” Lynn said.

    He also wanted freshmen to remember that it is easier to stay on top of school work rather than play catch up.

    Jennifer Ferguson, a freshman premajor, is on the diving team and expressed concerns about healthy eating options on campus.

    “Because I am active, I need energy,” Ferguson said. You can’t get that from hamburgers and hotdogs.”

    Students looking for healthy eating options will find a selection of salads, sandwiches and wraps in The Main.

    For those who crave more natural choices, students can check out the organic foods section at Frog Bytes. The new option was added spring 2006.

    Having a planner is key for organization, especially for those who feel they have heavy class loads, said Anne Schruba, an education graduate student.

    “Try to keep your classes organized. That way you don’t get behind,” Schruba said.

    The TCU Bookstore sells a variety of daily planners, most of which are under $10.

    Schruba also added that students planning to double major might find it helpful to take classes during the summer.

    Freshman movement science major Rachel Woodruff said she hopes to become comfortable enough to approach her professors whenever she feels like she needs outside help.

    Showing up for class was one solution junior early childhood development major Mary Schruba, Anne’s sister, offered to students who are worried about being lost in the crowd.

    “A lot of my professors remember me simply because I say ‘goodbye’ to them after every class,” said Mary Schruba.

    Professors are required by TCU to offer office hours outside of class. Some students take advantage of this time to familiarize themselves with their professors.

    Freshman religion major Richard Thomas said he looks forward to getting involved with the Student Government Association and playing intramural sports but thinks his shy personality may hinder his ability to meet new people.

    As someone who has gone through and completed his undergraduate degree, Brite Divinity School graduate student Chris Driscoll said he realizes it is difficult to start making friends, but doing so will ease the transition from high school to college.

    “Find your niche,” Driscoll said. “Be open to meeting new people. The school work is included, no matter what. It’s up to you to make the best of your time here at TCU.