Top 5 Things Freshmen Should Know

By Shuntaria Wood | May 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Top 5 Things Freshmen Should Know

With Gaylord at Orientation

Beginning college can be scary for most students. The second your parents finish moving in your things and give you the pep talk for college, you become a young adult. There are multiple movies that advertise the college life, but many of them skip the reality of college. College is a time for a student to explore and find his/her passion, make connections that will last for a lifetime, and sculpt his/her future. Moreover, college gives students time to mentally mature and become independent. As a freshman, it’s imperative to learn the following things:

1. Budgeting – For the next four years, you will have to make do with the income that you’ll receive from campus jobs and/or jobs near campus. Learn how to budget your income. Balance your money by making sure you have money for groceries and essentials, books, fun spontaneous outings with friends, and savings. Saving money will become beneficial once you face emergencies while away from home.

2. Manage stress – Every now and then, you’re going to deal with stress while in college. Managing your stress will help you to sustain your health and remain sane on those late nights and early mornings when you chose to procrastinate. You could pick up an inexpensive hobby, exercise, or simply take a nap. 

3. Self-discipline - Know how and when to say “no.” Use planners and sticky notes to set out a time to get your work done and to study. Discipline yourself to avoid distractions and resist the urges to ride out to Cookout or shop in Raleigh, especially when you have work that needs to be done.

4. How to clean - Tasks as simple as cleaning up after yourself, washing your clothes and bed sheets, and taking out the trash are valuable in the long run. It’s been proven that a clean room equals a clean mind, which means you’ll be able to focus more when your environment is clean. In addition, your roommate would appreciate your cleanliness!

5. How to balance social life and academics – Building friendships and getting involved on campus is just as important as maintaining academics. Learn how to balance each, and everything will fall into place.

There are many other things you will begin to learn as a freshman. You will discover more about yourself and your learning style. It’s important to listen to your advisors and adults on campus, as they will help you get through your first year. Freshman year is an exciting year full of discovery and preparation for the future. Be sure to enjoy it and make the best of this time.

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Meet Shuntaria Wood

Shuntaria Wood


Mathematics with a Teacher Licensure




High Point, NC

My Story

Hi! My name is Shuntaria Wood, and I am a junior Teaching Fellow. My program major is mathematics with a teacher licensure. I am the youngest of three children, and I have the most amazing parents.  I was born in High Point, North Carolina and raised in Thomasville, North Carolina.  Thomasville is a small town between Lexington and High Point.  My hometown is most famous for its furniture and the big chair downtown.  In Thomasville, everybody knows just about everybody!

My family is very close-knit and deeply involved in the church, as am I.  My involvement in the church throughout my life has allowed me to grow spiritually and rely strongly on God in everything I do.  When I began applying for college back in 2011, I knew that I wanted to attend a school that was built on religion, and immediately after my first visit to Campbell University, I knew it was the school for me!

I’ve experienced so much while here at Campbell, and I look forward to the opportunities ahead.  After Campbell, I plan to pursue a career in education as a high school mathematics teacher.  I anticipate the day when I will apply all of my knowledge I’ve been acquiring into my classroom.  My ultimate goal is to grow further in my educational studies and obtain an administrative position in schools such as superintendent or principal.  My involvement in campus activities, specifically Campus Ministry, has provided me with the guidance that I need and the reassurance of my passions in life.  Teaching is my passion, and my vision is to positively impact the lives of my students through my lessons and classroom activities.  Education is the golden key to life’s opportunities; it cannot be taken for granted.

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