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Alex Moss and LynAnne Evenson
Class of 2008: making the grade
Making the grade
By Rick Moore
From M, summer 2005
It's been less than nine months since we introduced you to LynAnne Evenson and Alex Moss, two students from the Twin Cities campus's Class of 2008 with distinctly different personalities and approaches to first-year success.
Both students jumped headlong into activities. Moss was part of the Entrepreneurship Club, and explored the Gymnastics Club and intramurals. Midway through the year he, like Evenson, went Greek by joining Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.
And as the year progressed, Evenson became a member of the Panhellenic Council (which oversees sororities), the Campus Relations Committee of the Minnesota Student Association, the College of Liberal Arts Student Board, and the Collective College Boards. She also attends meetings of the College Republicans. The best part of being so active, she says, "is that you learn how to multitask very quickly. And just for the record, yes, I still get good grades."
Moss also reports success in the classroom; he received all As in the fall save for his Achilles-heel calculus class (a B), meaning he gets to maintain his Carlson School scholarships.
Now that their first year is behind them, Evenson and Moss were asked what advice they'd have for incoming freshmen.
- Do not take an 8 a.m. class! You will fall asleep, especially if it is a lecture class.
- Go Greek. Join a sorority or fraternity; it will be one of the best decisions you ever make.
- Get involved. Participate in campus life. There's so much to choose from.
- When you're overwhelmed, take a step back and a deep breath and say to yourself, "It'll all get done." It's easy to have things get out of perspective and to go crazy.
- It's always good to be looking ahead and working ahead, because there's absolutely no one looking over your shoulder telling you what to do.
- Don't take calculus unless you really, really have to or unless you're really good at calculus.
- Try to make the most of your weekend. If you look forward to the weekend and then sleep all day, that's not good. I encourage those who can get up to do so.
- At first it may seem like college is something you could never get used to, but if you stay true to yourself, you'll eventually connect with people and it will feel like home.