An Open Letter to Incoming Freshmen

An Open Letter to Incoming Freshmen

Now that I’ve put in my time, and am entering my fourth amazing year here at Ave, I figured it would be a good idea to impart some tips that I have learned through experience for all you re-entering the bottom of the food chain. Also, this was inspired by my sister who has already starting asking me plenty of questions about coming here next year (shout out to Hannah Martin, you all should be friends with her, she’s pretty awesome). 


Since I work in admissions, I get to meet a lot of prospective/incoming students at Preview Weekends and throughout the year for campus visits. From what I’ve seen of your class so far, you guys are in for a pretty great four years (another shout out to my Preview Weekend kids: Team Sharkbait and Team Wet Dog, you guys rock). I could go on and on about making the most of your four years here, some nostalgic stuff, back in the day when I was a freshman…we had to paddle across the canal to get to class, how time flies, etc, but instead I figured I can give you some useful advice as you prepare for college.

If you want to check out some of my older blog posts, you’ll find all sorts of fun tips and helpful hints about life at Ave, including posts on spiritual, academic, and social growth. Here are links to my posts with commonly asked questions as you prepare for the transition to college:

One Stop Dorm Shop

Tips For Living With Roommates

Words of Wisdom

  1. Do things. Especially freshman year when everyone is awkward and no one knows each other yet, go have fun! Go to the dances, hit up the student life events, go to a football game, reserve a ticket for Shakespeare in Performance (which is super awesome by the way—you all should go see it), go play pool in the café, get a sand volleyball game going. Trust me, not only is it a great way to make friends, but it gets harder to be social when you hit your junior year and have multiple presentations to prepare while working on a huge project and writing a 10 page paper…stressed? Me? Never.
  2. Don’t feed the alligator. Seems like common sense, right? Just going to throw it out there anyway.
  3. Make time for Mass. I’m always working on this one, but you’ll find it really helps the rest of your week go more smoothly if you make time to go to daily Mass. Invite a friend or grab a roommate to go with you!
  4. Take naps. Yes. Unleash your inner preschooler and curl up for a nice mid-day nap. My roommates and I have roomie nap time, which is by far our favorite bonding activity.
  5. I said I wouldn’t get nostalgic, but it really is true that time flies and your college years are probably some of the best years of your life. I hope you’re all excited to join the AMU family because it’s a pretty awesome place here. During your time at Ave, you’ll most likely study until you fall asleep face first in your Western Civ book, pull all nighters, run on solely on an hour of sleep, caffeine, and goldfish, and you’ll also make life-long friends, have opportunities to jump out of your comfort zone, grow as a person, get a great education, and basically have the time of your life.

If you guys have any questions about anything at all, please feel free to call the Admissions office at 239-280-2556, any of the students workers can help you out, or email me at

See you at orientation!