As freshmen, we are always advised to “discover what Emory has to offer.”  In case you are lacking initiative, or you simply need a bit of advice to better your freshman year, take a look at the compiled list below, full of heartfelt suggestions from our Emory “elders.”


Fuad Haddad, College sophomore

1. If you are a boy, give up the dream of having Pasta John remember your name.

2. And for the 11th commandment, God said, “Never placeth thy lab on a Friday.”

3. Take the time you think you will need to get to the airport by MARTA during the holidays, and multiply it by two … and then add 20 minutes.

4. Be weird – seriously. When people call me odd because I play ukulele for people in the elevator or go swimming in the fountain outside Longstreet-Means Residence Hall, I thank them. Because I am not some nuance of grey. I am color, and so are you. Be the change and start your own traditions at Emory; don’t wait for them to come to you.

5. Overzealous freshman. You will not get a 4.0. I repeat, you will not get a 4.0. Listen. It is not the end of the world. No, you are not the dumbest person in the world. Don’t listen to tiger mom and dad. At the end of the day, the things you want to remember when you leave Emory are the experiences you felt, the people you touched … the ink stains on your transcript – those are just letters along the way.

6. Avoid Dr. Mulford for General Chemistry second semester more than the bubonic plague.


Adam Braun, College senior

7. Put your phone away at the DUC, and look up more. Meet a lot of people and stay in touch. Also, take classes from good professors. The subject matter is only interesting if you have a good professor. A good professor means someone who professes, and to profess is not to teach. It is to explore.


Divya Shenoy, College senior

8. Go to Falafel King. Get Falafel King to go, and save the to-go sauce, and eat it on DUC food later.


Manti Francis, College senior

9. LIFT WEIGHTS. You will find yourself and feel unbeatable! No pecs, no sex.


Nikhil Raghuveera, College senior

10. Get as involved as you can outside of classes; sometimes the experiences you have outside of class are more useful than those you have in class. Also, don’t commit to a major right away – explore.


Alex Kletz, B-School junior

11. Emory Point is such an amazing resource; you don’t always have to go to Panera in the Village. Two Urban Licks and Murphy’s are two of my classic favorites.

Regarding social life, I’d just say to put yourself out there. Don’t be afraid to dress crazy on Halloween or get super into theme parties. Have fun with your friends and be silly. That always makes for the best stories in the end.

12. I wish I knew that upperclassmen want to meet freshmen. They’re also eager to meet new people whether that be in an academic or social setting.


Granit Mavraj, College senior

13. I wish I knew that some classes that require textbooks hardly use them. This would have saved me a lot of money (and space on my bookshelf).


Joey Turner, B-School senior

14. Do something that you’ve never done before. If you’ve never taken dance classes, take them.


Joyce Li, B-School senior

15. There is so much to explore in Atlanta. People should utilize the college experience shuttle to find out cool things about this city.

– By Loli Lucaciu