Heads up incoming freshman, here’s some advice to survive college Sunday, Apr 26 2020 

By Blake Wedding —

As orientation draws near, The Cardinal has decided to put together a list for incoming students comprised of helpful hints and suggestions on how to survive and prosper in college.

Attend any and all events 

The first tip that some incoming students may forget the importance of is to take advantage of any and all university events specifically catered to incoming students. These events will not only help students de-stress and get their minds off of studying for a while, but they are also excellent opportunities to meet people, make friends and find groups of like-minded people on campus.

Go to class

This is more of an obvious tip, but it cannot be understated: go to class. There are plenty of upperclassmen and older students at the University of Louisville who have been incredibly successful in their classes over the years because they understand this idea. While it is perfectly okay to miss classes for understandable reasons, one thing to avoid is the pitfall of making a habit out of missing classes.

Make an effort to participate in class as much as possible

One of the biggest issues many students face is that they fail to understand the importance in actively participating in class. Students should try to ask as many questions as possible and to interact with their professors both inside and out of class. This means that by being a more active and engaged student, professors and instructors will notice your initiative and discipline. This is one of the best steps you can take in making your learning in college more positive and fulfilling.


While it goes without saying that studying is imperative to prospering in college, another equally important thing to keep in mind is to find a proper place to study. A proper study space is all about finding a place where students can decompress, relax and focus foremost on what requires their attention. The library is a great place for many people at U of L to study, but some people tend to prefer local coffee shops around Louisville. It is all about personal preference at the end of the day. 

Make sure to prioritize sleep

Many people have made the mistake of losing sleep in favor of socializing or studying more than their mind and body can take. It might be easy to find yourself losing sleep, but it is something that their body and mind require in order to truly prosper in your classes. 

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Juniors reflect on what they would say to their freshman selves Saturday, Apr 25 2020 

By Aaliyah Bryant —

It is that time of the year where the semester is close to ending. Of course, we did not expect to wrap up the semester off campus with online classes due to the coronavirus.

However, students and staff are staying strong and persevering. Although we have our concerns, quarantine is giving students a chance to slow down and reflect.

One of the things for juniors and seniors to think about is advice to their freshman selves. University of Louisville juniors, Biology major Alex Mindrup and English major Becca Smith, decided to share their advice.

Mindrup said, most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. He said, “Even if you are a fantastic student, we all need help from time to time.” He said to use the tutoring and student services that U of L has to offer, said that this will help make you a more confident student and relieve stress.

Secondly, it is ok to go home and leave campus regularly.

He said, “Don’t feel pressured to stay on campus all the time. College is a marathon, not a sprint and we all need time to rest and charge.”

Last but not least, get to know your professors. “Whether it is shaking their hand on the first day of class or emailing them after the semester is over, they are dedicated to helping us,” he said. 

As Mindrup continues his studies this fall, he will take his advice and wisdom with him.

Smith took a more emotional approach on her advice.

She would tell her freshman self, “Your failures are not the sum of who you are, but they are a part of who you will become and the choices you’re going to make.”

Smith said that she wishes that she would have known that sooner, but she would not have become the person she is today because of it. 

This advice could apply to everyone whether they are about to start their freshman year.

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BRICC Coalition helping students build resilience through dance-fitness Wednesday, Jan 29 2020 

By Zoe Watkins —

There are different exercise classes that students can participate in; however, the latest addition adds more flavor to the mix.

“Refit” is a fitness class hosted by freshmen Samantha Underwood and Ethan Mills. Both freshmen intern at the Building Resilience In Campus Community (BRICC) Coalition which helps students who drink alcohol build resilience and provides a supportive community for those who are in recovery.

“We try to educate people on alcohol safety. We tell people we are supportive of people who do drink, people who don’t drink and people who are in recovery,” Underwood said.

Underwood said the goal of BRICC is to make campus a safer place for students. She added the group educates people on alcohol safety and gives out information a person would need if they choose to drink or knows someone who drinks.

“So our branch specifically works with alcohol safety and so we partner with Health Promotions to put on a workout dance class that’s supposed to be inclusive to everybody. Every shape and size and gender,” Underwood said.

The exercise class requires no previous exercising experience. It incorporates aerobics, group exercise and different dances, all at different skill levels.

Mills and Underwood started the class last semester when they noticed that a lack of resilience in students was evident.

“It came from us realizing that there was a need for something in our programming that was actually actively helping to build that. So, we realized that physical fitness is an important part of building resilience, community and friendships. That’s a good way to counteract negative things that are happening,” Mills said.

Refit also has another segment called heart-work.

“We all sit around in a circle, and we’ll all talk about whatever is going on that week and we’ll try and have some positive message or positive thinking,” Mills said.

Refit is held every Monday from 2-3 p.m. in the SAC room 118.

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