5 tips for college freshmen

Deciding where you go to college is one of the most important choices you’ll ever make. For most, it’s your first time living away from home and you don’t know many people in the start of this new chapter. For others, you will be pushed beyond your limits in your area of expertise and it’s okay to admit that’s tough!

College is the time where you grow as both a student and an individual. At RMCAD, we have several resources to help you feel comfortable while pursuing your creative passion. One of the most important things you can’t overlook as you start is the importance of your Liberal Arts classes. For example, if you’re a photographer, you will learn how to draw. Understanding the foundations of your field will elevate your skills as you prepare to start your career.

We sat down with Chair of Liberal Arts, Tom Keefe, who shares what you can do to succeed in your first year at RMCAD.

Become involved
Whether it’s the VASD Program, the Wayfinding Series, Gallery openings, Student Life activities, the students that are the most involved (online or on-campus) are also often some of our most successful students. 

Be engaged in class
Ask questions, answer questions, the more involved students are in the class, the easier understanding and mastery become.

Time management
Read the course schedules, map out your term and when you’re going to work on your weekly and term long assignments. Set reminders on your phone or e-calendars.

Master your citations
Writing and research in the Liberal Arts are one of the things that distinguish your BFA from RMCAD from other degrees/certifications. Understanding research methodology and citations transcend all your courses and help prepare you for a future MFA or other graduate-level work as well.

Communicate, communicate, communicate
If you’re struggling in a class or your personal life, communicate with someone on campus whether it be your Professors, Student Advisors, Campus Counselors, Student Accessibility Services, the Student Life Office, the Student Learning Center, or the Dean of Students. There’s always someone to talk to!

Note: Some of the questions in this interview have been edited for clarity and brevity.