Transitioning from high school to college is a very happy yet terrifying moment in any incoming freshman’s life. You learn to live on your own, choose when you have classes, choose what classes to take, and choose when to, and how well to do your school work. One of the biggest things incoming freshman worry about are writing papers and talking to professors. Most come in fearing that their professors will give them lengthy papers with rubrics that will make you want to tear their hair and be intimidated and scared to meet with them. This is not the case.  They key to first year writing is first to practice your writing, and developing a relationship with your professor.

When I first came to college I terrified of going to my classes because I thought I was going to be overwhelmed with writing and the professors were going to mark me down unless I wrote a masterpiece. Reality hit me when I failed my first two papers for my English class. I was so frustrated because I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong and I wrote like I always did in high school. So I went to my professor and asked If I could meet after class to discuss about the upcoming paper because I did not want to fail any more papers and I wanted to succeed. I talked with my professor for a while about the paper and the requirements to make sure my ideas were exactly what he was looking for. We then sat down and discussed my previous papers and what I did wrong. He gave me tips and told me exactly what he wants as an English professor. After that meeting I felt like I had the secret guide to writing in my head that he taught me. I then never got below an eighty on any paper I wrote after that. I was so pleased with the results that I then sat down with the rest of my professors and discussed my writing with all of them. Now I get compliments from all of my professors on my writing improvement and my ability to come and check in with them to learn more.

Talking with professors will be your greatest tool as an incoming freshman will have in college. Image them as a personal trainer. You come in with only so much knowledge and can push yourself so far, but with the professor’s knowledge and your dedication they can lead you to be the best you possibly can be. They can tell you what your good at and show you what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it so that you can be successful in the future. It’s always a good idea to be in your professors office or want to meet with them as much as possible because this shows you care about what their class. They love when a student comes to them always looking to learn more and seeking advice. Developing this relationship can also help put their attitude in a more forgiving perspective when grading your work because they can put a name with a face.  It also helps to meet with all of your professors to find out the writing styles of each and what each one looks for in a good paper.

As freshman there are a lot of things to be scared of but meeting with your professors and writing should not be them. Professors will be your key to success and developing a relationship with them will help you the rest of your college career. It helps you meet your professors and find out what they look for in a good paper. They will help guide you with any struggles you have and help you succeed to whatever level you want. My own personal story shows how helpful and how beneficial it was to meet with my professor and in return I am successful in my writing assignments. The professors are your personal trainers and they are there to guide you down the path to successful writing.