To the Freshman Class

Welcome to the University of San Francisco! While you may have heard this a million times from your loved ones, you should be proud of yourself for making it this far! According to a new study from Harvard and the Asian Development Bank, only 6.7 percent of the world’s population are college degree-holders. While you’re on your way to being part of this 6.7 percent, here are some tips to help make the most out of your college experience.


  1. Get involved and join USF organizations you are genuinely interested in and passionate about!

Fall Involvement Fair is on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Gleeson Plaza. To prepare for the fair, take a look at the list of student organizations on OrgSync.

Make a list of the organizations you are interested in and sign up for them at the fair. If you miss Involvement Fair, you can go back to this list and find each organization’s contact information and get in touch with each organization’s Executive Board through OrgSync. If you love the organization you join, dedicate time to it early on. Showing commitment will give you a better chance to secure a leadership position in the future.


  1. Use on-campus resources to help get the best grades possible or help find your next job

USF offers many on-campus resources that can help you with academics and job searches! Career Services Center, located in UC 5th, can help you with your resume and LinkedIn profile, give you interview practice, help you explore majors and careers and give you internship ideas. There is also the Learning and Writing Center in Gleeson Library, which offers students tutoring and writing help. CASA (Center for Academic and Student Achievement) is located in UC 3rd, and it provides academic help and coaching.


  1. Explore and get to know your new city, San Francisco

Being a new resident of San Francisco is exciting! Get out there and explore as much as you can. If you’re into the outdoors, have a bonfire at Ocean Beach, a picnic at Dolores or Golden Gate Park, check out the view of San Francisco at Corona Heights or take a walk in Lands End. If the outdoors aren’t your style, try indoor-rock climbing at Planet Granite, shopping at Westfield Mall and Union Square or going to museums like the De Young and SFMOMA. In addition, don’t be afraid to use your Muni pass and take a cable car around the city to check out some views and grab some good food. You can eat a burger and fries at In-N-Out in Fisherman’s Wharf, dim sum in Chinatown or ramen in Japantown. The opportunities for fun in San Francisco are endless.


  1. Remember your family and friends from back home and continue doing the things you love!

Even though you are transitioning into college life, don’t forget your roots and where you came from. Continue to stay in touch with your family back home and call your old friends every once in a while to see how they are doing. This helps with any homesickness you might have. In addition, continue doing the hobbies you’ve always enjoyed. Whether it be playing basketball, the guitar, video games or even napping, make some time for hobbies. Take care of yourself by eating healthy, exercising, sleeping well and making new friends!


I hope these four tips help you out as you go through your freshman year. I wish the class of 2021 the best of luck. Go Dons!

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