Top Tips from Rollins Experts

It’s a new academic year and the insiders have spoken—students, alumni, staff, faculty, and parents share their top tips with first-year Rollins College students.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

Read a non-academic book for fun. I loved lying on a blanket with a book down by Lake Virginia. — Tanisha Mathis ’08

Find a healthy balance of work, study, and socializing for a memorable college experience. — Susan Woodbury ’71 ’72MAT

Students learn about water and sanitation in a chemistry Maymester course. (Photo by Scott Cook)
Students learn about water and sanitation in a chemistry Maymester course. (Photo by Scott Cook) Do a Maymester. Tons of fun and get in a few more credits! — Sherry Spencer, parent

Figure out the most efficient parking locations within the first three weeks of school. — Peter Parsely ’15

Be friends with the person who challenges you most, because they will help make you your best. — Audrey Gutensohn ’15

Eat at El Buzo, Thai Place, Pig Floyd’s, Saint Añejo, Bavaro’s, Bagel King, Zora Grille, and Giraffas. Looking for a great barber? Visit David’s Cuts in Winter Park! — Jonathan Harwell, visiting assistant professor of business

Learn to do things because you’re passionate about them—not just because you’re good at them. — Cherie Ramirez ’06

A student gets academic scheduling advice from environmental studies professor Barry Allen. (Photo by Scott Cook) A student gets academic scheduling advice from environmental studies professor Barry Allen. (Photo by Scott Cook) Get to know your professors on a first-name basis. Treat Rollins as the gift it IS. — Scott Andrews ’94

Winter Park Country Club has been around for over 100 years and has a great nine-hole course. — Austin Meehan ’15

Use TJ’s Tutoring and Writing Center. Olin Tower is my favorite study location. — Jarrod Reynolds ’15

Get involved. Take on a leadership role. Thank your parents for being such great role models. — Carol Schenck ’90

Make friends quickly, but ask your peer mentors the important questions—not your new friends. Treat your professors with respect and courtesy—the good ones will reciprocate. — Allen Kupetz, visiting assistant professor of business

Don’t feel bad about taking naps! College is a lot of work and there’s nothing wrong with resting. — Joy Wood, parent

Audit a language class each semester—Spanish for example. Just sit in for each class for four years (eight classes). You don’t get graded, no homework if you don’t want—you just absorb like a sponge in water. You’ll be glad you did! — Keith Shanahan ’85

Olin Library (Photo by Scott Cook)
Olin Library (Photo by Scott Cook) Don’t wait until midterm to use the library for something more than a coffee stop and chats with friends. But especially, don’t wait until the week before finals. — Annabel Tudor ’11MLS

The Writing Center took my bilingual skills to the next level. — Alejandro Sangines ’14

Go to class. Don’t sleep in! — Anne Helmers ’92

Tips from Rollins College Instagram

awaltersparty Bring a bike! The campus is lovely and so is the neighborhood around it!

_instewgram Go to the archive. See Kerouac’s "The Dharma Bums" manuscript. And DJ at WPRK!

redheathernumberone Join the newspaper if you’re an English major! You can finally have your voice be heard.

Students admire the view during an Immersion experience to Moab, Utah for conservation service learning. (Photo by Scott Cook)
Students admire the view during an Immersion experience to Moab, Utah for conservation service learning. (Photo by Scott Cook) merebear848 Go on a @rollinsimmersion. They will change your life!

marenmerm Get involved on campus and in the community! Go tars.

samstacywall Make sure to learn about all of the student organizations at Rollins! You just never know where you might find a new home here on campus! Definitely found my anchor here.

kailerackley Take full advantage of the liberal arts education and take a class or two just for fun! Also, take the time to say hi and get to know the schools support staff (housekeepers, maintenance, food services, campus safety, etc). They're always there working hard in the background to make sure the campus stays beautiful and healthy, even on holidays, weekends, and even during hurricanes!