Entering college you are a stranger
in a strange new world. You probably don't know anyone and you might be far
from home and lonely. Who could blame you for clinging to the familiar?
Understand though that just about every new student is going through the same
emotions that you are so you should not be afraid of getting out there and
meeting them. And if you are one of the kids who applied with a group of
friends it's great that you've found a way around the initial anxiety of
school's first days but your comfort is a doubleedged sword. Don't be so
comfortable with the high school crowd that you don't try some of the new
experiences college has to offer.
2. College Is For Students Be a
With all of the dorm high jinks and
parties erupting everywhere you might not feel that you've joined a community
of scholars but you have. Make sure you attend all of your class meetings and
sections and take notes. Not only will your professors and TA's love you for
this but you will be in a great position when you have to prepare for tests
papers and exams.
3. Don't Procrastinate:
There's so much to do and so much
fun to have. Don't let it overwhelm you. Make a study schedule for yourself and
stick to it as best you can. There might be days when no studying gets done but
most days you should spend a few hours staying on top of your assignments.
4. Join a Campus Organization:
If you love to write join the
newspaper or magazine. If you're an actor try out for a play. When you get out
into the "real world" people will be interested in your GPA but much
like college admissions staffs employers and graduate programs also like to see
that people engaged in their college experience in some way on a passionate
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
5. Visit the Career Services
Speaking of the real world it's
never too early to drop in at career services. A visit to your school's career
center can help you focus your course of study to prepare you for an exciting
career. You might also find out about internships.
6. Befriend A Reference Librarian:
With the advent of Google many
students think that libraries are obsolete. Nothing could be further from the
truth. When you have your first assignment that requires research drop by the
reference desk. Your librarian will show you a world of options for sourcing
your papers and projects that will impress your professors.
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7. Consider a Term Abroad:
Many schools offer the opportunity
to study in a foreign country.
8. Move around:
We all know about the freshman
fifteen. If you're diligently studying they can creep up on you before you even
realize it. Even if you don't engage in a hardcore workout program move around.
Go for a walk with a friend for a study break instead of staying in and ordering
9. Eat Right:
While pizza is okay sometimes but make
sure a real vegetable passes your lips now and then. By taking care of yourself
you'll feel and think better.
No doubt you'll be very busy. To
make sure you can keep up the hectic pace college demands schedule some time to
sleep. If you get exhausted you won't think as clearly and you won't have the
energy you need to be excellent.