As a new college student, you might be feeling a little anxious about starting this new stage of your education while being away from family and best friends. How quickly will you make new friends? What will your interactions with professors look like? Is it really that important to use a planner?

As you contemplate these questions, one thing you can be certain of is that the entire Southwestern community has your back. From day one, when faculty, staff, and students help you move into the residence halls, SU begins to feel like home. It’s something you’ll hear again and again: this community is like a warm, welcoming hug. As a case in point, our current students have come together to give you advice on everything from academic success and navigating extracurricular activities to managing your social life and maintaining your health. Here are their tips on how to make the most of your first year at Southwestern.