Words of Wisdom
Words of wisdom from the class of 2016:
- Just work hard and try to be a better version of yourself every day.
- Your academic performance is not as important as feeling engaged with and passionate about something meaningful to you.
- Don’t let being a first-generation student stop you from rising to the top of your class.
- Always stay gracious—best revenge is your paper!
- Even if you don’t need to meet with your various advisors MEET with them. They will help you out in ways you never thought of.
- Never be afraid to ask question, always seek more wisdom!
- You are going to be a role model for so many people, you don’t even understand! Setting such an important path is worth so much, and I am glad I am in the position you are. Good luck?
- Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. Just go for it, you can accomplish more than you think!
- STUDY ABROAD! It won’t cost more than regular tuition. Just do it!
- Don’t stress the small stuff. It’s okay if you don’t do as well as expected, you have four years.
- Follow your passions! I can’t stress that enough. Don’t go pre-med because your parents want you to be a doctor and are funding your education. College is for you and it is your time to grow. It will be much more rewarding in the long run if you major in something that truly interests you. Success will find you when the time comes.
- You’re the first to go to college so you can’t get advice from your parents, but the community at Rochester is great. You will find it great here and I hope you can achieve your dreams! Everyone here will support you.
Encouraging quotes from anonymous students to their peers:
- “Don't let distractions get in the way of your success.”
- “It really is all worth it in the end.”
- “Know when you need help, where you need help, how you need help, and then actively seek it out.”
- “Don't be discouraged by students who come from different backgrounds.”
- “You were selected to attend this university because of what you could offer… you deserve this.”
- “You CAN do college work. You have what it takes and there is a whole group of people here to walk alongside you.”
- “Be yourself, do what you love NOT what you "should" do, and have FUN!”
- “Connect. Connect with peers, especially those who are older. Learn from their experiences and reach out to them for guidance.”