Ask Andi

Published by adviser, Author: Andi - Rocket Contributor, Date: September 18, 2014
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Question:

Dear Andi,

I am so bored here at school. I thought I’d find clubs and organizations I would want to be a part of but I haven’t found anything yet. I know I need things to put on my resume but I just don’t know what to do.

Aimlessly Bored

Answer:

Dear Aimlessly Bored,

There are so many clubs and organizations here on campus. Even if there isn’t a club here that you like, and you want to start one for something, you can even do that too! Starting a club would be an awesome experience and great for your resume.

Are you in a club related to your major? Most majors have some sort of club or organization to participate in and get more experience outside of the classroom. Or what about an intramural sport? There is a long list of different intramural sports that are played here and that would be a great way to meet other people. Have you thought about joining Greek Life? There are so many sororities/fraternities with great opportunities for leadership positions and making connections everywhere and anywhere. Even just ask your friends what they do and see if you could go to a meeting with them. There are so many clubs you just need to find the right one(s) for you!

Sincerely,

Andi

Question:

Dear Andi,

My roommate and I are so different. When I first met her I thought things would be fine, but now she’s completely different. She goes out and parties all the time, comes back late and is loud. How can I make this work since we still have the rest of the year?

Uneasy Roommate

Answer:

Dear Uneasy Roommate,

I like that you want to make this work. This shows that you’re willing to compromise and work through your differences. Have you asked if she notices any difference in your friendship? Or have you talked her about this yet? Most of the time people don’t realize how things could be affecting others. Having a roommate could be a difficult situation if you aren’t used to it.

If you decide to talk to her about it, make sure you avoid using “you” phrases, such as, “You need to stop coming in late and turning the lights on when I’m trying to sleep.” This makes anyone become defensive which never helps any situation. Instead, try saying something with an “I” statement. “It really bothers me when I’m trying to sleep and you come in and turn the lights on.” Maybe you could even compromise by leaving a desk lamp on, or something along those lines. You’re not going to change her new habits but you could try to change how they’re affecting you.

Sincerely,

   Andi

Question:

Dear Andi, 

I came into college undecided, thinking I could figure out what I wanted to do, but I’m still confused. It’s been a couple weeks but none of my classes are sparking any interests. What should I do?

Confused Freshman

Answer:

Dear Confused Freshman,

First of all, I would like to welcome you to Slippery Rock. There are a wide variety of majors here so I am positive you’ll find something you enjoy.

Secondly, it’s only been a couple of weeks! I came into Slippery Rock undecided, just as you, and it took me until my sophomore year to figure out what I wanted to do. It might not happen overnight, but as you take more classes and get more exposure to different things, you’ll find something that sparks your interest. Getting involved with clubs and organizations on campus, and taking a wide range of classes will really help you narrow down what you do and do not like.

My biggest piece of advice: get uncomfortable! Stepping out of your comfort zone could expose you to things you maybe didn’t know you were good at, which could lead to choosing a major.

Sincerely,

Andi

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