Despite what you may think, a new semester brings new opportunities. If you did well academically last semester, now you have a chance to do even better; if you did not do as well as you would have hoped, you can now improve. You will have four or five new classes, which most likely means new professors. You can go to the professors’ office hours this week to show them your interest. And do not forget that you can always ask upperclassmen about professors you are not too sure about — what they are like, how they teach, and what to do in order to ace their classes. One important thing to remember is that as a first year student, you still have an incredibly long add/drop period. Make use of it. This means that you can take some classes you’re not too sure about, and then drop them if you do not like them. You can even switch a class to being graded as pass/fail well after the rest of the student body can.
A new semester brings new opportunities for extra-curricular activities as well. For example, almost all extra-curricular groups are having GIMs again (The Tufts Daily GIM is on both Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30PM in Robinson 253!) If you did not do as much as you would have liked to last semester, take the opportunity now to make up for it! Most on-campus groups are more than happy to accept new students this semester. I urge you to go to a GIM for a group you have never heard of before or for something you don’t think that you would be interested in. What is the worst that could happen? You will leave the GIM thinking, “Oh, I don’t think I will pursue this activity.” That’s it! I genuinely believe that there’s no better way to find what you love than by eliminating the things you do not like.
One thing I have to mention is that you shouldn’t be scared, nervous, or anxious about the semester. Do not worry, everyone is in the same position as you: everyone is facing 13 weeks of rigorous Tufts academics ahead, and everyone is going to have a great time. We have three long weekends (one of which will have passed by the time you read this) and a nice 10-day spring break to ease the semester. So, as Bob Marley sang, “Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing, gonna be alright”. With that in mind, I wish you all the very best of luck for an incredible semester ahead!