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Tips for First Year College Students

  I wish someone had told me….

·      GO TO CLASS
Class attendance really does correlate with your grades.

·       BE ON TIME TO CLASS
Walking in late distracts both the professor and other students

·       BE RESPONSIBLE WITH TIME MANAGEMENT
College is not high school, managing your time is key. Buy an agenda book and create a schedule each semester and stick to it.

·      COMMUNICATION IS KEY: DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
Interact with Faculty and staff. Remember to ask questions and stay calm in all situations.

·      COLLEGE IS NOT A CONTEST
You don’t have to compete with anyone for your grade; learn at your own pace and don’t feel inferior if you don’t understand something the first time around.

·      BE AWARE OF CAMPUS RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU

·      SUPPORT SYSTEMS ARE ESSENTIAL
Make friends; talk to everyone

·      EXPECT TO SOMETIMES FEEL LONELY
Remember you are not the only person experiencing these emotions, and it all gets better with time

·      READ EVERYTHING
Read your mail! Don’t take policy advice from other students; check with offices on campus

·      JOIN CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS

·      USE YOUR COLLEGE CATALOG
 You have to open it in order to reap the benefits of what is inside. Get a copy of your school’s code of ethics (Dean of Students Office). Remember a single mistake could cost you your degree

·      MAINTAIN A POSTIVE ATTITUDE
Be a good listener, stick to your own convictions, and follow your dreams

 ADJUSTING TO COLLEGE LIFE
There are five phases of college adjustment. As a first year student, you may experience some or all of the following phases; in any order, some phases may repeat or overlap:

Phase 1: Fascination with the new environment

Phase 2: Severe homesickness

Phase 3: Finding fault with new surroundings; building stereotypes

Phase 4: Finding humor in your adjustment

Phase 5: Embracing the new culture; it becomes your “normal” environment

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