On the way to higher education, it is useful to have advice specific to your university experience. A handful of current Catawba County students have shared some tips for those who may be attending their schools this fall.
Those who offered advice included an out-of-state student, as well as a student athlete and a transfer student.
North Carolina State UniversityLillian Underwood is entering her fourth year at NC State and she offered some advice for the Wolfpack Class of 2026:
If you ride Lime scooters, watch out for loose bricks around campus.
If it’s late and nothing is open on Western Boulevard, Checkers is a great option and it’s within walking distance. “They have a huge variety of options and really delicious chocolate cake, and my favorite is the chicken shawarma,” Underwood said.
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Appalachian State University
Gabby Defeo is entering her fourth year at App State and she stressed the importance of being prepared for Boone’s weather, especially when it comes to footwear. Here is a list of items recommended by Defeo:
Good walking shoes to and from classes.
Shoes that can get dirty.
Chacos or outdoor sandals for hikes or river days.
Shower shoes for shared bathrooms.
Rain boots for the many rainy days.
And last but not least, snow boots for winter.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Junior Katie Cornette says she’s not afraid to ask for help. UNC faculty and teaching assistants are here to help and want to help, Cornette said. “I’ve already spent hours in the office, but it will be worth it to be able to understand the concept of the final exam,” Cornette said.
Cornette stressed the importance of doing homework on time and avoiding procrastination. She said when work is assigned, make a plan of when you want to start and finish it. “It will make your life much easier and you will be able to balance school and social life,” Cornette said.
Here are some of Cornette’s favorite places on campus and in Chapel Hill:
Davis Library because of the stunning view of the campus.
The Coker Arboretum garden to enjoy nature.
Cha House and Möge Tee to catch boba and hang out with friends.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Olivia Stutts transferred to UNCC from Catawba Valley Community College. She said UNCC offers the Student Orientation and Academic Resources (SOAR) orientation program to freshmen and advertises all of their clubs and organizations to those who want to get involved.
Junior Sal Ferraro said he is not intimidated by the crowds in Charlotte and is involved in the many clubs and events. “It makes the experience 10 times better,” Ferraro said.
Here are some of Ferraro’s favorite spots:
The green outside South Village
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Junior Jordan Rose stressed the importance of staying focused on schoolwork instead of getting too carried away with the nearby beach. “You should always give yourself time to relax on the weekends and so on, but try not to make too much of it a regular thing,” Rose said.
Here are some of Rose’s packaging recommendations:
Raincoats and umbrellas because even if the weather is nice at the beach, there are a lot of rainy days.
Junior Addison Caldwell said he trusted the advice of LRU counselors and faculty. “The LR campus is a very welcoming community that really wants you to succeed,” Caldwell said. “I have always been remembered, respected and supported by our faculty and staff.” She said if you confide in those around you, you won’t regret it.
Caldwell’s favorite place to study on the LRU campus is the Minges Science Building.
Catawba Valley Community College
Alumnus Sydney Weaver is transferring to Lenoir-Rhyne University this fall. She said the most important class for those considering moving to a four-year college or university is College Transfer Success.
Weaver said the class teaches skills such as how to create a resume and what to do in an interview. She also recommends meeting with your counselor to plan what classes to take and when to take them. Be sure to do this whether you are a full-time or part-time student.
Out-of-state college or university
Gabby Rosenbaum, a junior at the University of South Carolina, said going to college out of state can be daunting, especially when you don’t know anyone. She recommends talking to people in classrooms and in your dorm.
“You’ll probably find something in common when you start talking to someone,” Rosenbaum said. “Be friendly to everyone and smile because you never know what might come out of it.”
Josh Williams, a junior at Mercer University, is a private school football player in Macon, Georgia. Williams said the transition to college allows a freshman to become a young professional. He said the experience teaches youngsters how to show up on time and build relationships with coaches and teammates.
Williams has an academic coach who helps her prepare her schedule on a weekly basis. “You’re a student first and an athlete second,” Williams said. He said managing the many aspects of college can be difficult when you’re a collegiate athlete, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.