By Ada Taylor
Welcome back TSU Tigers! Schedules have been made, bags have been unpacked, and the Big Blue family has reunited once again! And like every family, every so often we have some new members joining us. To these students, we do not say welcome back, but welcome home. It is our goal to make every new student, both freshman and transfers, feel as comfortable as possible here at TSU. In fact, that is what we are all about!
This is the ideology behind our motto “Think, Work, Serve” which rings true in every facet of student life. Here we are more than faculty and a student body, we are a community.
“It can be shocking for transfer students” says Aaron Daniels, junior. “We have smaller classes than any other school that I have seen, and the professors genuinely care if you succeed.”
However, that does not mean this journey will be an easy one.
Junior Alliyah Gray couldn’t agree more.
She says, “My advice to the freshman would be to remember that this isn’t high school, and you’re not guaranteed to graduate in four years if you do not put in four years of work.”
With that being said, there are a plethora of resources at your fingertips that will help you do just that. If you need assistance writing a paper or just want someone to look over it, the writing center is there to help. If you have issues in other areas, such as Biology or Mathematics, there is FREE Tiger Tutoring Monday through Friday in the Student Success Center.
However, the most important thing to remember as you begin your journey here at TSU is that college is not only about making the grade, but also about making the connections. Get involved! There are dozens of groups and organizations to choose from, so make sure to find ones that suit you.
For academic or professional organizations, you might want to look into the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity or the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
For community based organizations there are The First Ladies Club, The National Association of Colored Women’s Club, Collegiate 100, Generation of Educated Men, and many more!
There are also major-specific organizations that are excellent for networking as well as gaining experience. After all, college is all about the experience.
“So learn to lose yourself,” says Professor Jordan Smith of the communications department. “It’s okay to hold on to family and friends during this transition but don’t be afraid to dive into yourself. Be inventive and create new traits that garnish your identity.”
For incoming students, Tennessee State University is a new place with new people, perspectives, and ideas. Take advantage of it!