Have you just finished four rigorous years of high school and are celebrating the end of a fun filled journey? Congratulations on all of your hard work, self-discipline and motivation. If you’re heading off to college in the fall, you’re about to embark on yet another period fill with growth, exploration, memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Put your seatbelt on because these next four years are literally going to fly by. After a summer of celebrations, work and time spent with dear friends and family, it’s time to pack your bags and let the adventure of college begin. Follow these recommendations from the college career advisors to ensure your next four years are a huge success.
Studies have shown that your academic performance the first semester of college is an indicator of how well you will perform for the remainder of your college career. The rigor of college level work and the volume is substantially higher than even college level courses in high school. One of the biggest challenges faced by the overwhelming majority of college freshmen is time management. While the time spent in the classroom is substantially less, the distractions and opportunities abound. It’s strongly encouraged to explore new opportunities, new people and new clubs and organizations. Most college campuses are very rich with learning opportunities at every turn.
Make a point of meeting with your professors during their office hours during the first week of school. Having a connection with your professor will help you better understand how he or she presents the material. Reach out to a fellow classmate in each course and exchange contact information. It’s a great way to meet other students and have an anchor in each class to share information and study time.
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