College Tips

I think we can all agree college is definitely a transition from high school and a big change. It is not always the easiest change, but it is a part of growing up. Enjoy the new found freedom, but to a certain extent. You must know when to stop partying and pick up a book for once. Here are a few tips on surviving the transition and college:

1. Talk to your adviser. Your academic advisers are there to help you and guide you in the right direction. Talk to them, ask them questions, listen to them.
2. Don't procrastinate. One of the biggest problems with some college students is procrastination. Waiting to the last minute to do a homework assignment, a lab, or study for a test will not benefit you. Less procrastination = less stress.
3. Just show up to class. A lot of your professors will say just showing up to class will help you achieve an A or B. It sounds crazy, but it is actually true in a lot of cases.
4. Talk to your professors. If you are having trouble in a class, don't be afraid to go ask your professor for some help.
5. Read. All that money spent on books, you better open it at least some. It might actually help and lessen your confusion on a topic. And if the book doesn't help with your confusion, talk to your professor before or after class and visit them during their office hours-they appreciate it more than you think.
6. It's okay to not know what you want to do. You don't have to have it all figured out. Take some classes that seem interesting to you and figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. On that note, if you are confused, go to the Career Center. They have tests you can take to help narrow your options down based on your personality, skills, and interests.
7. Down time is necessary. Sometimes you just need to give your brain a break. If you keep pushing yourself over your limit, it could hurt you. So relax and do something that doesn't stress you out. Get involved in sports or clubs.
8. Become Involved. Unlike High school, there are a vast amount of opportunities for you to become involved with your college and gain the most of your college experience. There are clubs and programs that almost everyone can find appealing. If you name an interest of yours, there is a good chance there is a group of people that attend your college that have made a club for it. For more information on getting involved on campus see http://mis213fall2012.wikidot.com/wiki:getting-involved
9. Take a class that will challenge you to examine your personal beliefs.I feel that a large part of college is figuring out who you are and growing as a person. This is why we are given such a wide variety of electives to chose from under the university studies guidelines. I think it is extremely important to take at least one class that will ask you to examine, not necessarily change, your beliefs (spiritual, political, etc.). It is very important to know what you believe and be grounded in it. For me the class that really challenged me to think about my beliefs was Amy Schlag's Intro to Women's Studies (WMS 210) class. Amy challenges her students to think and express their opinions on the topics covered in class. For me, Amy's class allowed me to reconcile my very liberal beliefs with the fact that I come from a very conservative family, which has made me stand more firm in what I believe. You don't have to take this particular class, but you should take a class that makes you think and makes you think inwardly about how you feel on certain issues.
10. Make a study group. Studying with other people can help you better understand the information for quizzes and tests.
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