Blog post by Arianna Smith
Dear First-Year SHPRS Students,
Hello! My name is Arianna. I am a junior majoring in history and political science. I work here at the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Welcome to Arizona State University! Starting college is a big deal, so CONGRATULATIONS!
Now that you’re all moved in and have tried that yummy dining hall pizza, you might be wondering: How do I make friends? Who can help me with a paper? Where can I talk to someone about stress? Well, I’m here to give you a few friendly tips that can help you thrive as a student.
1) Build a community by talking to people in your dorm. Maybe say hi in the elevator, talk to people in your lounge, or ask what dining hall serves the best pizza.
2) Research clubs and attend a meeting. Sun Devil Sync is a website that shows every single club ASU has to offer. Political History and Leadership, Philosophy Club, and Sun Devil Student Historical Society are just a few of the clubs here at SHPRS.
3) Go to events! ASU has events going on all the time! Some of my favorites are Devilpalooza, vintage popup shops outside of the MU, and attending a lecture hosted by Ibram X. Kendi.
4) Use a planner or calendar. Professors will often give you every assignment for their class on the first day. Most professors will remind you of big assignments coming up, but it is always a good idea to mark them in a calendar or planner so you can plan for them.
5) Attend office hours. Not only do you get time with your professors to get extra help, but you are able to make a professional connection with your professors. These connections will come in handy if you need a letter of recommendation or might help you get a job.
6) If you need help with writing, I recommend the SHPRS Writing Studio. The Writing Studio is a great resource that can help you plan a paper, refine your writing, or revise a paper.
I hope these tips are helpful and you have an amazing year!