As a freshman there are a few things you should really know before starting your long academic journey. These aren’t really things that you have to know, in fact many of these things come with common sense, but you should definitely have a think about every point brought up in this article.
First of all, to keep things simple: go to your classes. Class attendance really is strongly correlated to your grades and success. Make sure you go to every class.
Especially dealing with roommates and professors, you have to remember that communication is key and vital. Try to work on your social skills – it’ll help you network with people and also in later life.
It will distract both professors and other students if you turn up late. Don’t bother turning up late to class – it’s not hard, buy a watch and keep track of time!
A very important thing to remember is to ask when you need help. So many students would rather just leave something alone that they don’t know much about, or at best they simply go to Google it. Remember, your professors are qualified and get paid to help you, so take advantage of their availability.
Don’t feel inferior if you don’t quite fully understand something the first time you hear it: college is not a competition. You are only competing with yourself and no one else. Stay calm, ask questions and be sure that you know the name of the person you’re talking to!
Remember, be social and talk to everyone. Friends will help you along the way, and although it’s you who will make those grades happen, it’s your friends that’ll keep you sane.
If you’re feeling down, take a short break. Those are only emotions and they will go away!
Remember to read your mail, and this includes your emails too. Check them all regularly.
Don’t take policy advices from fellow friends and students; make sure you check with your college campus too.
Try to take part in as many activities as possible on campus.
Don’t be intimidated by the staff, professors and other personnel on campus either, this relates back to not being afraid to ask for help. You pay for college and therefore you pay for their salaries – they work for you so ask them questions.
Make sure you check your college catalog regularly. Look at your school’s ethics and code – don’t make mistakes, as these can cost you your grades and your degree altogether. And of course, maintain a positive attitude and stay on track.