My name is Kristine Pedersen and I’m a 4/5 Biology student from New Hampshire. There’s a lot I wish I would have known about the academics here at Stevens so I hope I can help by addressing the top 3 things I would have found helpful when I first arrived.
1. Ask for help.
Stevens has a lot to offer but can be difficult at times, so it’s important to remember that the professors are there to answer questions. You never know how far a 10 minute conversation will go, and you might even have the same professors for other classes, so it’s good to get to know them early on. College is all about making connections and leaving your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors and deans because the earlier you become comfortable asking for help, the better prepared you are for harder classes.
2. Don’t be afraid to fail.
It’s important to remember that Stevens isn’t like high school and the course load is extremely different. I wish someone had told me that it’s okay to not get straight A’s, if that’s what you were used to in high school. Don’t let yourself get worked up over B’s or C’s if that’s where you find yourself, because Stevens is a well known school and people know the curriculum to be difficult.
The academics here are sometimes harder than expected, so you might have to study more than you’re used to for big exams. Because you’re coming to Stevens, you’re probably very smart and get good grades. In college, it’s not enough to study for things the night before, so it sounds simple, but MANAGE. YOUR. TIME. It’s easy to become overwhelmed if you leave things for the last minute. Studying ahead of time and getting all your homework done early will help you a lot because other things could always pop up and it’s better to be prepared.
I hope you can learn from my experiences here at Stevens. I definitely learned a lot in my 3 years here and hope you found some of this helpful. Good luck and see you soon!