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Voices & Vibes: Student workers give advice to college freshmen, parents

AIKEN -- As college freshmen prepare to venture off to universities locally and across the country, both parents and students are left with anxiety.

From living on campus to adjusting to the demands of college life, any advice given seems easier said than done.

However, student workers at USC Aiken have helpful tips to offer new students and their parents about the first year of college.

"There's going to be a lot of distractions that'll take you away from your studies," said Chris Brown, a junior graphic design major. "Find a balance of time to do your school work and also have time to go out and have fun."

Rikki Luck, a senior pre-pharmacy major, said it's important not to put off doing your work.

"Don't procrastinate, because it's harder to get ahead. Save as much money as possible when you get here," Luck said.

Upperclassmen stress the importance of time management, saving money, getting involved on campus and, most of all, having fun after weeks of hard work.

"Just be supportive. There's not much that a parent can do as far as keeping up with their academics," said senior secondary math education student Jamel Hodges. "If they fail a class, try to help them make an 'A' next time. If they make an 'A,' make them feel good about making an 'A.'"

With the big day just around the corner, heed the advice of these students and be at ease as the semesters progress.

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