Advice to incoming Hampden-Sydney freshmen

by Swagablog in July

Hampden-Sydney Students

An unscientific compendium of advice from theInstagram followers of @hsc_southbound. While this advice is focused specifically on the experience at Hampden-Sydney College, it undoubtedly applies to every incoming college freshman.

  • Go to class!
  • Behave as a gentleman.
  • Buckle up & enjoy the ride.
  • Eat every meal with someone new.
  • Say hi to everyone you walk past on campus.
  • Know the difference between “your” and “you’re”.
  • Buy-in 100%.  You get out of it what you put into it.
  • Know that you have one chance to make a first impression.
  • Do the assigned reading… at least enough to participate in class.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to really get to know your professors.
  • Study like your life depends on it… It’s hard to dig your GPA out of a deep hole.
  • If you do it right, you will have friends at every fraternity house. Visit every house.  
  • Strive to meet people who are different than you. We are all part of this brotherhood.
  • If you’re trying to be the coolest guy in the room, you’re not the coolest guy in the room. 
  • Don’t be afraid to get involved in things you know nothing about. You will learn along the way.
  • Be friends with everyone on campus. You never know who will wind up with a Wikipedia page
  • Stay physically active. It’s easy to take for granted how much exercise you got in high school 
  • You have four years to meet your classmates, but only one to meet the current seniors. 
  • Always be on the lookout for new friends, beyond just the first few people you meet. 
  • Don’t go home on weekends. Thousands of alumni wish they could be in your shoes.
  • Forge your own path, don’t just do things because your friends are doing them.
  • Leave your dorm room. You’re doing it wrong if you spend all your time there. 
  • Don’t use technology in class. Be actively, mentally present, and take notes.
  • Making friends at Hampden-Sydney is as simple as introducing yourself. 
  • If your girlfriend comes to visit, encourage her to bring her friends.
  • Always meet at least one alumnus at a tailgate… You never know.
  • Ask questions daily. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.
  • Do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.
  • Stick to your convictions, but keep an open mind.
  • Don’t blow your TigerDollars in the first month.
  • Use your time wisely. It goes quick.
  • Work hard, play hard.
  • Be genuine.