Survival guide for new college students

One of the first things as a college student you will find is that you have more freedom. While you may have this new-found freedom, remember why you are in college.  It may seem like a lot of fun to stay out all night and skip classes.  No one will yell at you for staying out or even skipping that class.  Try to stay focused and keep your eye on the prize. Ask yourself why you wanted an education in the first place.

Success starts with a Dream.  A dream of something bigger than what we are and what we want to be. Picture your dream. To be able to visually see what you want to become can guide you through school. It shows you who you can be. As you go through school you will see your dreams getting closer and closer. Remember that your schooling is a true gift and if you continue to work hard that gift will grow bigger.

When you are determining what classes to take think about what interests you. Study something you love. Select classes that will challenge you. While it’s good to follow your interest, you should also take a course that you would not normally think about taking.  Sometimes students find they have interests in areas they never knew they had.  This is one of the reasons why college students change their major.  Better to see where your “real” dream is now as a student rather finding out later when you’re in the workforce.

How do you start making your dreams come true once you’re in school? Teachers pay attention to their student’s attendance and their involvement in class. Attend each class, complete your assignments, group projects and study hard for your exams. Later on, you may want to ask your teacher for a recommendation letter.  Teachers support students who take their education seriously and recommend them to apply for scholarships they know about and help them with networking. You may be that special student.

Take advantage of your school’s resources. Most colleges offer study groups, tutoring, writing centers, computer labs, math labs, libraries and career centers – all at no to the student. Take advantage of your free resources. You can also join study groups. Studies have shown that successful students study an average of 20 hours a week, so whether alone, with groups or both make sure to get in your study.

Here are a few other tips to set you up for success in college:

  • Get a tutor if you are struggling
  • Don’t forget to take notes and do your assignments
  • Go to every class!
  • Talk to your professors (this is why they have office hours)
  • Join clubs (a great way to meet new friends)
  • Make a calendar (you need to be organized for success)
  • Time Management is important (use your calendar and schedule everything)