Tech’s Declassified Freshman Survival Guide

Fall has arrived, and new Jackets are swarming to campus. Our time at Tech is an important part of our lives. We find ourselves at a crossroads where we choose a career and decide who we will be. We develop a greater sense of responsibility while taking on increasingly difficult classes and learning to live independently. We make friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime.

The transition into this pivotal stage can be exciting, refreshing, and eye-opening, but it can also be scary, overwhelming, and discouraging. Leaving home and living alone for the first time is a big change. It took all of us current students some time to adjust to college life, and we at The Liberty Jacket felt that we should share some lessons we’ve learned to make the transition go a little more smoothly. We welcome our new classmates to campus, and we hope you have an excellent first year.



Make a To-do List

Christopher Kitchens | TLJ Editor-In-Chief

I was first exposed to the power of to-do lists by Matt D’Avella during the beginning of the pandemic, and they have truly changed my life. There is nothing more satisfying than crossing tasks off my to-do list as I move throughout my day. This act motivates me to stay productive throughout the day and provides a sense of accomplishment at each day’s end.

Because you no longer have to focus on remembering what you need to do during the day, to-do lists free up mental energy and allow you to be more productive. At Tech, you will have a million things going on almost every day, and without a to-do list, you may become lost and let important assignments, club meetings, and appointments slip through the cracks. Making a note of what you need to get done allows you to focus on actually completing these tasks rather than wasting effort struggling to remember them.

I make a physical to-do list every night before bed. This practice helps me prepare myself for the coming day and allows me to orient my mind toward productivity each morning, and for those that want to go paperless, programs like Ticktick, Google Tasks, and Microsoft To Do work just as well. To better use the limited time we get each day, I encourage new students to save themselves some trouble and make to-do lists.


Meet New People

Josh Polevoy | TLJ Contributor

While the knowledge you gain from school will earn you a de