Advice from Graduating Seniors to the Freshman Class

  • Engage in departmental activities, club, annual picnic, freshman minicamp, Chili Cook-Off.  It’s a great way to meet students, faculty, and staff outside of the classroom.
  • Extracurricular activities are important for networking, learning about jobs, internships, and meeting other students.  Join at least one academic and one fun club!  
  • Develop your time management, organizational, and study skills early in your ISU career.  These skills can help you from feeling overwhelmed. They will serve you well.
  • Take advantage of certificate programs and certifications such as wildfire, chainsaw, first aid training, and wilderness first aid.   They add value to your education and make you even more unique than you are.  ”I wish I had known about the GIS certificate earlier.”
  • Take courses outside of your major, explore options. Students mentioned language, art and music for examples.
  • Get started on NREM 104 (work experience) and internship opportunities early in your ISU career.  They are valuable in building skills, networking and they often lead to a job offer!
  • Attend the CALS Career Fair.  It’s a great opportunity to see what is out there for jobs, internships, and summer employment.
  • NREM is a great department; it makes ISU feel more like a family.
  • Get the hard courses out of the way early.  That way if you have to repeat a class, you have time.  Also it makes your senior year that much more enjoyable.
  • Get to know other students, Learning Communities are great! 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help; SIs, teaching assistants, tutoring, your advisor, and NREM faculty are willing and able to help you.
  • Take the 4 year plan that you do in NREM 110 seriously.  It can help you monitor your progress and make sure requirements are met so you can complete your program within 4 years or even 3 years.
  • College is supposed to challenge you and get you out of your comfort zone.  Study Abroad and student exchanges are a great way to get learn. Scholarships are available that make study abroad more affordable.
  • Attend your classes and get to know professors.  They want you to succeed and love natural resources as much as they do!