10 Pieces of Advice from PUC Faculty & Staff

With the school year quickly approaching, we thought it would be a great time to ask some of our faculty and staff what their advice for new students would be. Below are 10 pieces of advice to help make your time at PUC some of the best years ever.

“Managing your time well from the first day you’re at PUC will save you a lot of grief at the end of the quarter—and you’ll have more time to do the things you want without all of the stress of rushing and cramming!” — Dr. Ross Winkle, professor of New Testament

“So much to say but in a nutshell … Get involved, explore your campus, get out of your comfort zone, and always remember to PRAY. Make friends that will motivate you to get up in the morning to go to class. Work! Work helps you develop time management skills allowing you to stay focused and do better in school, plus it helps bring in some money to help pay your student bill. Never be afraid to ask for help. We are here to help you be the best YOU! And don’t forget to do your FAFSA on October 1 for the following school year!” — Lila Cervantes, financial aid counselor

“Student-teacher relationships are one of PUC’s most valuable offerings. The professors here care about you as a scholar, a future professional, and an individual. We want to talk to you, even if you’re not a major in our field, so come to office hours, and always, always ask questions.” — Dr. Peter Katz, assistant professor of English

“In the first two weeks, study in at least five different places; then reflect on which places facilitated your best concentration. Remember that where you may want to study (in the thick of things at the Grind) may not be the place where you learn best.  The heart and the head may not agree on the best places to study.” — Dr. Georgina Hill, professor of English and director, Honors Program

“I have three tips for instant success at college: Get involved, get involved, get involved. Studies show students who join campus clubs, attend social events, and share their gifts and talents with a campus community are not only happier students, but academically more successful! Who knew, right? Don’t come to campus and sit on the sidelines … join in the fun and take advantage of the incredible opportunities we have for you at PUC. You can help make PUC an even better place!” — Doug Wilson, director of student engagement & leadership

“Don’t study in your dorm room. Find a place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted, such as the library or a campus lounge. You’ll study more efficiently that way! Fight for your sleep! It’s one of the best things you can do to ensure your success in college. Be a considerate dorm resident. Don’t practice kickboxing at 3 a.m., talk on the phone until 4 a.m., or turn on your lights at 6 a.m. just because you’re awake (all true stories). Get to know your teachers! PUC is an amazing place to network and establish lifelong mentors. Take advantage of what makes PUC so special (hint: it’s the people). Invest in your mental health. College is a time for growth and development, but can sometimes come with added stress, pressure, and confusion. You aren’t alone! Check out PUC’s free counseling services to help support you through this time.” — Michelle Rai, assistant professor of communication

“The difference between acing a class and barely surviving? Fully attend every session, take advantage of office hours, and get a full night’s sleep EVERY night. Clinical studies have shown the last factor alone accounts for a difference of more than 40% in academic performance, yet very few take advantage of it!” — Dr. Steve Waters, professor of mathematics  

“1.) As you think about your major/career, consider the overall picture, not just salary but also the quality of life. What will your day-to-day reality look like if you go into the field your thinking about? 2.) Make plans now to fit in study abroad—anywhere from a single summer/a single quarter to a full three quarters. This is the time in your life to have a life-changing experience. (Same for becoming a student missionary!) 3.) Actively look for mentors on campus, ask them about interning and other opportunities, brainstorm with professors that you learn from and appreciate. 4.) Take time to consult with God about your plans, both large and small.” — Dr. Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti, professor of modern languages  

PUC’s a great place to put in your 10,000 hours. So work your rear off, and make yourself at home.” — Milbert Mariano, professor of graphic design

“I have two pieces of advice. 1.) Got a study question? Text a librarian at (707) 948-6639. 2.) When feeling stressed, take 10 minutes to visit the Prayer Garden in the center of campus to quiet the mind, breathe deeply, and spiritually reconnect.” — Patrick Benner, director, Nelson Memorial Library

Still feeling nervous about starting college? Take a look at our “10 Tips for Your First Quarter at PUC” blog post to help make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible.

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