7 Tips for the Year Ahead

By , August 25, 2017 8:48 am

Get involved. Find your tribe. Get to know your professors. Here’s the community’s best advice for new students.


 [originally published in UMKC Today]


As we welcome all our new and returning students to campus, we wanted to share some advice for the year ahead. We gathered these words of wisdom from students and alumni who have been in your shoes before.


1. Be proactive.

Join clubs and participate. I did it later in my college years, but I wish I had done it sooner. All the relationships and people you meet and connect with—that’s so important.

Tiffany Tran B.B.A. ’14


2. Take advantage of the resources around you.

There are a lot of very devoted, committed individuals on this campus who are ready and willing to help you with whatever problems may be going on. Seek out every resource. Take advantage of every opportunity.

Dylan Burd B.A. Secondary Education ’14, M.A. Higher Education Administration ’16


3. Explore Kansas City.

It’s not the typical feeling you get from a college experience. You’re in the middle of the city, not just on campus.

Alex Dapp B.A. Communications Studies ’15


4. Make friends with your professors.

In college, we can be friendly and informal—they aren’t scary. They are real people like us.

Javiera Castro, double major in Biology and Psychology

5. Enjoy the small moments with your peers.

That’s what you look back on and treasure.

George White Jr. B.S. Civil Engineering ’13


6. Make connections.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and find your tribe …. The amount of opportunities that come when you’re involved and you make connections are endless. You can spend four years in your dorm room or you can spend four years succeeding and making a name for yourself.

C.J. Pulluaim B.A. History ’17


7. Don’t be afraid to talk to other students.

It’s OK to make mistakes when you’re meeting new people and still getting used to the language (as an international student). Be active and go to activities with friends and classmates. Also, get a driver’s license. You’ll need one in Kansas City.

Muying Cui B.S. Computer Science ’15


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