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Welcome New Freshmen

Page history last edited by William G. Lewis 12 years, 9 months ago

Dean Dad posted a blog with oodles of good advice.


Successful students learn to become successful...

Success does not happen overnight.  You do not wake up and suddenly become great at your chosen profession.  Many professionals work hard every day to improve their knowledge and skills.  Being a student is no different.  Many of the skills you will learn as a student will also carry over to your post-academic lives.

 

Let your employer know about your class schedule... 

The sooner you inform your employer about your class schedule, the better off everyone is.  Both your job and your classes are commitments you have made, and they cannot be fulfilled during the same exact time slot.  Waiting until the last minute makes it more difficult for you to fit in time for both

 

Plan for multiple ways to get to campus...

Getting to campus can be difficult no matter how you get there.  I took the train to get to my classes during grad school.  Cars break down, rides sometimes bail, and walking takes too long.  Get to know bus routes and people who share classes with you.  Carpool with people who share classes with you.  Having a few extra methods up your sleeve to get to class helps you stay afloat if the worst does happen.

 

Learn to manage your time...

Don't let your time manage you.  College can be difficult along with jobs, family, friends, and all the unexpected twists life offers.  If you don't take control of your schedule, you will be playing catch up.  Personal organizers, Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, cell phone calendars, etc. are all there to help you get organized.  

 

Add deadlines, due dates, appointments, study sessions, etc to your calendar as you learn them rather than waiting.  Inevitably, if you wait, you will forget.  Block off some time for studying, personal cool-off times, and anything else you need.  Organizing your work and schedule in advance is a useful tool for anyone and gives you a blueprint of the weeks and months ahead.  

 

Understand school/course requirements...

Every course is different and every professor will have different expectations.  Get a hand on all the important documents for the college, especially a student handbook.  If something is not clear, be sure to ask a counselor, professor, or advisor to clarify it.  The course syllabus will chart out expectations for the course and have your professor's policies.  It will also have assignment due dates.  If there is a specific template he/she wants for an essay, you can program it in your word processor.  

 

Use the library...

Many students default to searching for their information on the internet and skip the dusty old library.  Learning to use the library, however, is an essential tool to surviving any college experience.  Many companies also have their own specialized libraries for employees.  Libraries have information that the internet does not such as audio/visual material, rare books, professional articles, and electronic databases.  Some of these tools, though available online, require you to have a library card to use them.  The library also has reference librarians that are more than happy to help you find great information.

 

Learn and use technology...

Technology has become a necessary part in day to day American life.  Get comfortable with word processors, sending e-mail, attaching documents, and researching online.  Learn to recognize credible sources online.

 

Don't be afraid to ask for help...

College is hard.  It is supposed to be hard.  If you are having trouble with an assignment or in class, speak with your professor.  Most will be more than happy to help you and several have office hours so you can meet with them.  Make an appointment with a tutor to get more help.  The services at the college are here to help you succeed.  Use them.

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