Video Transcript – Ask Me Anything! | Sydney
[Sydney, Senior, Social Work Major]: Hi Future Broncos!
[Graphic: Ask Me Anything]
[Sydney]: My name is Sydney and I’m a senior majoring in social work with a minor in psychology here at Boise State. Today I’m going to be answering your questions on our famous blue turf in our Albertsons Stadium.
[Graphic: WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU HAVE FOR FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS?]
[Sydney]: So some tips I have for first generation college students, first I want to define what a first generation college student is, and that’s someone who is the first person in their family to attend a four year university.
[Graphic: FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT Definition: A student who is the first person in their family to graduate from a four year university.]
[Sydney]: But some tips I have for first generation college students would definitely be to take advantage of all the resources that we have on campus. A good example of this could be our food pantry, which is located in our campus school. This is open to all students, no questions asked.
[Camera shows a few slide images of the on campus food pantry.]
You can get just a basic granola bar all the way up to hygiene products or even full blown course meals, if you would like. We also have our J.C. Penney suit up closet located in our business building. Here you can get professional clothing for maybe an interview that you might have coming up and that’s just a great resource to have if you don’t have access to those types of clothes. And then, of course, something that I figured out was a GI Bill, my dad was in the military for a really long time. He never took advantage of his GI Bill and then when I came to college, I found out that I could use his GI Bill instead, which was really cool to find out as a first gen student.
[Graphic: WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART ABOUT FRESHMAN YEAR?]
[Sydney]: So the hardest thing about freshman year is definitely finding people that you want to surround yourself with. I highly recommend that within the first week, if you’re living on campus to go around to your residence hall, knock on people’s doors, introduce yourself, and then of course, if you’re a commuter student, maybe when you’re sitting in your classes the first week, introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you. It’s just super important to remember that everyone’s in the same boat, everyone’s looking for friends and to get out of your comfort zone the best that you can.
[Graphic: HOW DO YOU FIND A CLUB THAT INTERESTS YOU?]
[Sydney]: A great way to find clubs that interest you is during the first few weeks of school they’ll be involvement fairs, there’s even a fraternity and sorority fair that happens as well.
[Camera shows a few videos of the involvement fair where students at booths look eager to learn about the different clubs.]
[Sydney]: You know, maybe you end up finding out that you want to join our Oreo tasting club where you taste a different Oreo every week. That’s great. Go for it. I will say coming into college, I never thought I was going to be in a sorority, but then I flipped a 180 and now I’m on the execs board. So you might find yourself saying you’d never do something and then you end up doing it anyway. So I highly recommend keeping your mind open just to see what you might run into. Thank you so much for joining me today with all these great questions. Have a question that we didn’t answer?
[Graphic: Link to boi.st/findyourcounselor on-screen.]
[Sydney]: Drop it in the comments down below or in the meantime, reach out to our admissions office for any questions that we didn’t answer.
[Sydney]: Go Broncos!
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