Ghadeer Alaradi, Opinions Editor
Ghadeer Alaradi, Opinions Editor

As I begin my senior year, I am starting to realize that my time at UM-Dearborn is limited and the countdown to graduation begins. At the same time, I’m not sure if I’m ready to go out in the real world.

After being on summer vacation for four months, I missed walking into CASL and looking for my first classes. Although I did not miss trying to find a parking spot and showing up to class late (seriously, they need to fix that!).

I remember my days as a freshman, and I would definitely do things differently if I could go back in time.

These are some things I would tell my-freshman-self:

If you want to join an organization, join it! You don’t need to have a friend with you at all times. Sure, they’re your friends, but they could be interested in different things. If they don’t want to join with you, it’s okay! It doesn’t mean that you should limit yourself and not join. You will meet new people in any organization you join.

Don’t be afraid or intimidated to reach out to people in organizations you would like to join. Make yourself known to them and show your interest. There are so many organizations that you probably haven’t even heard of! There’s a list of all organizations on UM-Dearborn’s website.

Make yourself known to professors because they can be really helpful. If the time is convenient, go to office hours and ask them questions; they are always willing to help. This can help you in the future with recommendation letters as well.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different classes! Even if you already know what you’re majoring in, you might like something else better. Take a look at all classes offered and take electives that you are interested in. Who knows, you might declare a minor or change your major.

It’s okay to be undecided! You don’t want to end up studying something you don’t like or are interested in. Experiment with your options, and see what you like best.

Do NOT leave things until the last minute! I know I’m guilty of this one, but the college experience will go much more smoothly if you are on top of things. Give yourself some time to write that paper or work on that project. It’s always better to finish things early rather than late.

Always try to stay organized, and if you feel overwhelmed, write to-do lists. I try to plan everything out in my planner to make sure I’m not forgetting anything.

Lastly, have fun! Don’t be afraid to meet new people and take advantage of the great opportunities UM-Dearborn provides.