Tips for Success at UFNROTC

The midshipmen of the Class of 2019 offer the following advice to new midshipmen joining the unit:

  • Stay in shape over the summer! The importance of physical fitness cannot not be over emphasized.
  • Live in the Tolbert Hall Living and Learning Community! Tolbert Hall is directly across the street from Van Fleet Hall and you will live with your peers from NROTC. On the days when you have to wake up early for physical training or other activities, you are a lot closer to the ROTC building so you are less likely to be late. The staff doesn’t bother you in Tolbert Hall and it is exactly like living in any other dorm. There are no room inspections or bed checks! Midshipmen that lived far away from Van Fleet were more likely to be late to events.
  • Don’t rush a fraternity or sorority until the spring semester! NROTC and college classes are quite a challenge together, don’t set yourself up for failure by over burdening yourself your first semester. Remember, your GPA follows you throughout your college career and plays a significant part in your determining your career assignments for the Navy and Marine Corps.
  • If you don’t know how to use a planner or organizer, learn to use one! You will need to keep track of many different assignments, events, tasks, and other items in college. If you stay organized and manage your time well, you will sleep more, be less stressed, and have more fun in college!
  • Attitude and Effort are everything! If you have a good attitude and work hard, you will succeed.
  • Email will become your new means of communication. Ensure you check your email often and read your messages thoroughly. This will be an important tool at school and when you commission into the Navy or Marine Corps.
  • Buy a cheap battery powered travel alarm clock. Cell phones have a tendency to reset themselves, shut off, or suffer from a dead battery. Being late to an event because your alarm didn’t go off is not an acceptable excuse.