Advice for new students–from folks who know what they’re talking about

As new students arrive on campus for the first time, we thought it would be a great idea to ask returning students and college employees for some advice: We wanted to know, “How can new students make the most out of the Ivy Tech experience?”

Leave a comment and tell us what you learned or some advice you’d like to add. Also, be sure to check back later this week for the second post in this two-part series.

“Joining clubs or getting a job on campus helps you stay motivated because you know you have a great support system behind you.” ~ Hadleigh Perigo, liberal arts student (below left)

“Don’t be shy, make connections, and network to create a support group. Exchange phone numbers, emails, and add others on Facebook. When things get hectic, you will be thankful to have a group of people to vent to, confide in, and ask questions. Chances are you are not the only one (who needs help).” ~ Emorie Taylor, therapeutic massage student (above right)


“My advice to new students is to check their Ivy Tech emails every day. These emails often contain messages from instructors and alerts about important campus events for students.” ~ Darrell Turner, Center for Academic Excellence tutor (at right)

“Ask questions, lots of them. Ask yourself, ‘When am I going to set aside time to study?,’ ‘How am I going to make sure I show up for every class?,’ ‘Who am I going to consult when I need help?,’ ‘Where can I get help on campus?’ Everyone on campus wants you to succeed (your advisor, your professors, the tutors), but we can’t help you if you don’t let us know you need help.” ~ Jo Johnson, department chair of English

“I suggest going to the tutoring center. It is free and also the best place to learn math. The tutoring center is the best place to study, even if you don’t need help. The environment is filled with people who are trying to study and understand the subject. I


found out that, especially in engineering, if you are studying with a group, it will help you better understand the subject.” ~ Badereddin Alhusni, pre-engineering student

“Time management is very important and an important key to success, but sometimes it’s good to be selfish. Take care of you first!” ~ Sheila Cuffy, communications adjunct faculty (at right)

“The best advice I could give is to either go to school with your best friend or find a friend at school to help keep you motivated. I don’t know how many times my best friend or I wanted to give up, but we always had the other one to help motivate and push us through. I couldn’t have done it without her.” ~ Jessica White, visual communications student

“Pick one day a week, as your schedule allows, to focus purely on homework. The excess time put in to get ahead will save you many headaches than if you get busy later.” ~ Gunnar Adams, exploratory healthcare careers student (below left)

“It’s important to manage time well. Make sure to set time for studies, homework, and sleep. It is very important to get enough sleep!” ~ Mallory Wittmer, visual communications student (above right)


“It certainly helps to review every single document the instructor passes out. They are passing them out because they believe them to be important. Hang on to them!” ~ Ronald Ousley, criminal justice adjunct instructor (at right)

“One of the best things you can do is take the Ivy 111 class your first semester and really pay attention. There is so much information to learn in that class—trust is prudent to having a successful experience in college.” ~ Ashley Eckelbarger, human services student

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