Freshman survival guide

By Miranda Holloway
Editor- in- Chief 
500 some incoming freshman filled the field house early Thursday morning, anxiously awaiting the beginning of the annual freshman orientation. The class of 2016 were addressed by administration, had a meeting with their counselors and had time to meet with their LINK (Leading Incoming Knights) Leader for some one- on- one questions and have a tour of the building.
While this was a time to introduce the freshman to their new home for the next few years, it also served as a time for LINK leaders to impart some last- minute wisdom on their nervous, shy mentees.
Both LINK leaders and others helping organize the event took the time to answer these two questions in order to help acclimate the class of of 2016 to their new school.
What is one thing you wish you could tell your freshman self?
“Do your homework,” senior Lena Karnes said.
“Freshman year matters,” senior Jamie Kowalczyk said.
“Don’t be afraid to ask your LINK leader just because they know about Prospect. Just because they’re a senior doesn’t mean they’re going to be scary or anything,” senior Jim Bernacchi said.
“Work really hard freshman year because it matters a lot,” senior Raquel Blackshere said.
“Do your homework and study for your test,” senior Therese Coughlin said.
“To use my time for homework more wisely,” sophomore Brendan Fergus said.
There is so much I could tell myself; don’t fall asleep in English, don’t wear that homecoming dress (it makes you look fat) or that no one cares or will remember that you tripped down the stairs (they really won’t).
The one things that stands out, however, would be to take chances. Don’t be afraid that people will make fun of you for not knowing what you’re doing because chances are they are just as clueless as you.
Also, don’t be afraid of people. For the most part, people are nice and they will be nice to you. If they’re not nice then that’s their problem.
What is the biggest piece of advice you can give this year’s freshman class?
“Get involved in as many things as possible,” Karnes said.
“Take first semester seriously,” Kowalcayk said.
“Get your stuff in on time; don’t just not do it,” senior Jessica Endres said.
“On homecoming week don’t be afraid to actually show (spirit) and actually go along with whatever day it is. So actually go all out on color day and go to the dances,” Bernacchi said.
“Take advantage of all the classes Prospect has to offer. We have really good classes and they should take them, Blackshere said.
“Take finals seriously and make sure you keep your grades up leading into finals so you don’t have to really stress out about it,” Coughlin said.
Academically, our advice givers agree: just do the work. There are a lot of things that can be changed from freshman year on. Hair, clothes and friends can all be started over after freshman year. They can be wiped away, swept under the rug to be forgotten as foolish mistakes.
Here is the mistake that can not be forgotten as easily: slacking off. No college is going to care about that time you got that horrendous haircut or that you dressed like a grandma all freshman year, but when a college looks at your grade point average, their going to see that you did not do one piece of geometry homework freshman year.