First Year College
Post by Brittney Garcia
As if deciding on a school wasn’t difficult enough, now it’s time to pack up, move to a new place and pick a major. With NC State offering over 100 majors in so many different departments you are probably wondering, “Um, how can I possibly choose just 1?.” And not just that! Living in a new place with so many new people? Let’s face it, it can be frightening.
So yes, although it can be scary, remember two things:
1. You are not alone. There are many students with no idea of what they want to do or study and that is okay!
2. NC State is here to help. Taking advantage of the programs offered at State is the first way to making sure that the transition between high school and the university goes smoothly.
Lucky for us, NC State is all about helping people find their way. Being a new student and choosing a major is not easy but that is exactly why First-Year College exists. First-Year College (aka: FYC) is designed to help students adjust to a new lifestyle while also helping them learn more about themselves in order to find the right career path.
FYC offers a variation of programs, workshops, and events to help students explore the University and learn more about the diversity on campus and organizations to be involved with. A lot of students that are a part of FYC also live in FYC Village which is one of the easiest ways to make connections that will last a lifetime. FYC students engage in many activities as a community and also have many well known events such as Battle for the Beach, Night at the Theatre, and service programs that allow students to learn from each other while also having fun.
FYC students also have the opportunity to excel in academics. FYC students have scheduled visits with their advisor whom helps them plan and choose classes that will easily transfer to most majors. This advising program has been nationally recognized and is designed to help FYC students keep sight of their goals as well as making sure they stay on their academic plan (which is developed with the help of an advisor). By the end of the first year, more than 70% of students in FYC declare a major and are on their way to fulfilling their dreams (Yes. It may sound dramatic but, it’s true).
Doesn’t that make college life sound a bit easier and less scary?
So even if you have no idea where to start, or if you’re still undecided about what you want to study, at State you will learn that sometimes all you have to do to find some clarity is: Explore. Engage. Excel. : Embrace Your Future.
Follow First Year College on twitter @FYCncsu!