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  • 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Freshman Year

    Posted by Margaux Helm on 1/29/2014 09:39:01 PM

    As a senior, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my past four years here at Seattle University. Looking back, I wish someone had laid out all of the dos and don’ts of college life when I first started here. While this isn’t a comprehensive list, here are ten things that I’ve learned since I arrived at Seattle University in September 2010. Consider this one soon-to-be graduate’s guide to a happy and successful Albers experience! 

    1. Get involved. Whether that means planning Fall Ball as a member of SEAC, running for SGSU office, or pledging for Alpha Kappa Psi, go for it! You’ll feel more fulfilled, learn valuable skills, and make some great friends along the way.
    2. Use your resources. One of the great things about Albers and Seattle U is that you never have to go it alone. There are hundreds of people who can help you out; all you have to do is ask! The Albers Placement Center is hugely helpful at any stage of the job/internship hunt.
    3. Do your best. That goes for classes, internships, and part-time jobs. Just because making coffee doesn’t fulfill your lifelong dream of being an accountant doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give it 100%. You never know when you’ll need a reference or where you’ll find an opportunity!
    4. Just talk to people. “Networking” seems like such a scary word, especially when you haven’t had a job before. But all it takes is being unafraid to talk to people! Whether they’re your professors or professionals you find on LinkedIn, just set up a meeting and chat.
    5. Get started early (on everything). As the quarters go by, projects in your classes will get bigger and bigger, so make sure you stay ahead of the game. Start the internship search early too! If you’re unsure about your career path, internships can be a great way to figure it out.
    6. Study abroad. It can sometimes be tricky for business students to study abroad because of our course requirements …but I promise you, it’s worth it. As cheesy as it sounds, living in another country for a few months definitely changed my priorities and the way I see the world. I hope it can be the same for you.
    7. Get out more. We all live in a beautiful city, but somehow we get far too comfortable staying within five blocks of campus. Take a break from that finance homework, grab a free Orca card from the Campus Assistance Center, and go exploring!
    8. Learn how to say no. At some point during the next few years, you’ll probably want to do a million things at once – that internship, that club presidency, that extra class. As tough as it is to say no, you can’t always do it all. Choose what you’re most passionate about and your nerves will thank you later!
    9. Go beyond Albers. We are all very fortunate to have the opportunity to take classes outside of the business school. As passionate as you might be about marketing, take advantage of the new perspectives you encounter in your core classes. After all when else in your life will you be able to spend ten weeks learning about the history of zombies?   
    10. Don’t be so stressed. My past four years at Seattle University have been incredibly fun and rewarding. Don’t let your worries about classes or your future career ruin these days for you – enjoy them!
    Margaux | New Student Mentor 

    Winter Quarter Blues

    Posted by Austin Porter on 1/25/2014 06:07:40 PM

    With the winter season in full swing, there always seems to come a time of reflection that can often lead to second-guesses and detachment.

    The, at times, dreary Pacific Northwest weather can tend to throw all of us into a daze, given that we allow it to do so. With an unfamiliar, ever-changing experience like college, this weather-induced daze can often result in a period of reflection full of second-guesses and faux regrets. It's easy to let yourself begin to question whether you made the right decision to attend the college or university that you chose or whether attending college was the right decision at all.

    While most everyone goes through the aforementioned period of contemplation, it can become even more damaging when it's allowed to transform into a period of detachment. When you allow yourself to become detached, you begin to impact not only yourself, but also your friends, family, classmates, and all other parties that you interact with on a daily basis.

    Whether this time of detachment lasts a week, month, quarter, or year, it begins to wear you and your most critical relationships down. With these thoughts in mind, I'd like to share a quote from one of my favorite comedians, Louis C.K.  

    "You’ll be fine. You’re 25. Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time."

    While his quote addresses a 25-year-old, I believe it applies even more so to those of a younger age. College and your 20s in general are a time to be okay with uncertainty and embrace it head-on. It's OK to feel unsure sometimes. Like Louis C.K. said, see what your feelings are showing you and use them to move forward in the direction that makes you happy. Take a deep breath; try not to allow yourself to become detached from your friends and family, and turn this time of reflection into a positive step toward the path that makes you happy.


    Austin Porter | NSM