Phi Eta Sigma at Florida State University

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest national honor society that encourages and rewards academic excellence achieved during the first year in college. The Florida State University (FSU) chapter is one of the premiere chapters in the nation.

Need help in finding your way? Look no further! Phi Eta Sigma has compiled tips from members who have gone through freshman year and have lived to tell the tale. Now, they pass on the knowledge to you. 
Have any tips you would like to add? Join our society and find out how to become more involved and add tips that you think would benefit future freshman!

ORGANIZATIONS AND TRYING NEW THINGS

1.       Get involved, and make sure the organizations you get involved in are what you want to do, not something to make your resume seem better

2.       Try new things and step out of your comfort zone

3.       Don’t be afraid to meet new people or try new things.

4.       Keep an open mind to everything. This is the time to explore the world around you and you can’t do that if you have a closed mind to everything.

5.       There is always someone there to help you. FSU has many support systems that students don’t take advantage of. The ones who do take advantage never regret it.

6.       Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

 

TEACHERS:

1.       Don’t be afraid to go to office hours! Your teacher will not think any less of you and they have those office hours set so as to meet with students.

2.       Your professors will be more upset that you didn’t come to office hours than you failing the test. You had the opportunity for help, but you didn’t take it.

3.       Make sure you introduce yourself to your teachers on the first day and then maybe pop in to their office hours, even if you don’t really need help. They will learn your name and your face, and that can benefit you in the long run, especially if they are professors for your major.

 

MAJORS

1.       Don’t choose a major based on the expected income when working. You could end up hating your career.

2.       Explore majors if you are not 100% sure of what you want to do.

3.       Don’t choose your major based on the credits you already have fulfilled. Unless you knew in high school what you wanted to do and started taking college classes towards what you want to do, you shouldn’t take the easy way out.

4.       At times, things will become difficult and your classes will make you question everything. If you are passionate about doing something, you will find a way to fight through the tough times and make it to the end.

5.       Even if you have figured out your major, take classes outside your course requirements. Having knowledge of another topic is always handy.

 

 

 

STUDYING

1.       Did you get through High school with minimal studying? Your first semester of college will consist of trying out new study habits, and learning how to schedule your study time in your weekly schedule.

2.       Study the material as you learn it in class, not right before the test. If these classes are focused towards your major, you will need to know that information in later years and you won’t remember it if you just study it right before the test.

3.       Based on what environment you learn the best in, pick the best location to study in. if you learn better in dead silence, your dorm room or the top floor of strozier may be the best option.

4.       Despite being better at studying on your own, some classes will “require” a study group to learn the material. Be flexible to this, and if you find that it works with some classes and not others, don’t be afraid to tell your group members that you rather study for one of your classes alone.

5.       Keep a planner. It is almost impossible to stay on top of your weekly schedule without one.

6.       At the end of each week, plan out the upcoming week. Include times to study, classes, what homework you will do one which day, and most importantly, WRITE DOWN DUE DATES

7.       Don’t cram or procrastinate.

8.       While studying is important, make sure to schedule out free times over the course of your week. A little break is always good.

9.       Stay organized! This includes your planner, your room, your computer, notes, and binders. You would be surprised how anxious you can get when everything is unorganized.

 

GENERAL

1.       Learn the FSU and city bus system.

2.       If you learn better in the morning when the day starts, bite the bullet and take an 8 am. It is early, yet you learn so much more when you are in the first stages of your day.

3.       Learn the market for textbooks. You could end up saving big or breaking the bank.

4.       FSU has a lot of fun things to do on campus that are either free or really cheap. This makes it harder to say that you can’t go out and explore campus because it is too expensive.

 

What is one thing that you wish someone had told you before you came to FSU?

CLASSES:

1.        You will have an 8 am class as a freshman. It is just a fact of life.

2.       Don’t settle for an “ok” major

3.       Finish all the busy-work assignments first.

4.       Start projects the day they are given if you can. At least start on the research. Don’t blow it off until three days before.

5.       In a classroom filled with 150 students, you are probably not the only one who is confused.

6.       Don’t be afraid to ask questions in class. There are probably 5 other people who are scared to ask the same question.

7.       Get to class early, especially on the first day. If you don’t, you will have trouble finding a seat.

8.       Go to lectures. If you don’t, you are basically paying for an empty chair.

9.       The professors don’t care if you don’t come to class or office hours, but you will care when you see a grade you are not happy with on their test.

10.   Make a schedule that you think you could work with. Making the “cookie-cutter” schedule may be your weakness.

MOTIVATION

1.       You are going to get caught up in the semester, stay grounded.

2.       There are parties and other fun things to do, but don’t forget why you are here.

3.       There will be roadblocks, the question is if you have the motivation to get past them.

4.       Be willing to accept all types of people. Surviving college will be impossible if you don’t.

5.       Other people will have different opinions than you. Accept this, listen to their side, but do not try and tell them that their opinion is wrong. College does not work like that.

6.       Get involved with clubs early. Don’t wait for when you NEED to get involved.

7.       No one really 100% knows what they are doing. They are just taking it one step at a time.

8.       Go online to research things that FSU has to offer before you even come to start school.

9.       You are going to need to be accepting of change, because that is all that will be happening.

10.   Don’t be too wrapped up in your studies, but don’t be the partier. Balance is key.

 

GENERAL

1.       Get to campus early for parking. Learn the time frames and locations for when parking is the best

2.       Although the campus is big, just explore a little bit each day and you will know the layout in no time.

3.       You will get homesick. Be able to work through it.

4.       Live close to campus, it will make life a lot easier.

5.       The weather can go from sunny and boiling hot to rainy and humid within the span of hours. Bring clothes to accommodate.

6.       There are hills that will give your calves the workout of the century.

7.       BRING RAINBOOTS

8.       Download the FSU apps before starting school.