You face a lot of changes when you go to college, not the least of which is the fact that you will be making a lot of decisions on your own. This can be a challenge, but with the right advice, you can become a college success story.
You should not consider going to college unless you have a good idea of the kind of career you want or at least have a general idea. Meet with a career counselor to find out more about your different options and take the time to do some research about different schools and programs.
In order to make the most of your time on campus, try to look ahead to when your requirement classes are offered. By planning for a schedule that keeps your from going back and forth from your room to class you give yourself more time to study, relax, or sleep.
Talk to your professors. Things are a little different when you get to college. Your teachers are more approachable, and you can talk to them during their office hours. This gives you more time to ask questions, but you can also learn more about what drives them. They can help you with ideas for your career after you are done with college as well.
Don’t buy your books until after your first class. Sometimes, the “required” book is not really needed. This is almost a certainty for any online classes you are taking. Simply sitting in class and listening to the professor (or accessing online materials) could be enough.
When you go to college you often times will stay out late with friends to study or go to a party. Be safe, never walk home alone, carry your phone with you at all times, know where the safe zones are on campus, and consider carrying a small spray canister of pepper spray with you.
If you are struggling with one or more of your college courses, seek tutoring help. Many college students think it costs a fortune to hire a tutor; the truth is that most college campuses provide their students with low-cost or free tutoring services. Speak with a financial counselor for more information.
Study during the day. It is best to study when you are awake and at your most alert. Studying at night or when you are already fatigued can lead to you spending more time than is usually necessary to comprehend something. Studying while you are wide awake will help you retain information faster and more easily.
If you have any textbook’s leftover after a semester, decide what to do with them. Your dorm room space is probably precious. Some books are worth keeping for professional use. However, if you do sell, do so privately. You can find a better value for your textbooks if you sell it to an individual instead of selling it online or to your college bookstore. Just make sure to sell soon, as new editions will outdate your texts quickly.
Going to college is a real challenge, but it is also rewarding. Your life may change very quickly when you go to college, but the tips presented here will help you cope and have a wonderful, enriching experience.