1. Familiarize yourself with all locations you will need to know in your upcoming college life – where you live, where your classes are, how to get back and forth between locations, where to eat, how to find the library, a location for student services – everything that applies to you. Walk/ride all of this now before you actually have to do it. Get lost now when it doesn’t matter so that you don’t do it later when it does matter.
2. Make an appointment early in the semester with each and every one of your professors – whether you think it is an important class or not. Introduce yourself, ask where he or she is from and where he or she attended college. Also ask what one lesson he or she would pass on to a college newbie.
3. Get organized – books, toiletries, clothes, your room, supplies, computer, printer, wi-fi – everything you’ll need to work and live. Don’t wait until the first day of school.
4. Go to class – when you start missing a class here or there, you put yourself on the precipice of a slippery slope. This is not elementary school. It does count when you miss a class now. And, there is someone’s money involved this time. A lot of it. Don’t waste it.
5. Start getting up now at the time you will need to be up for class – that should be an hour before you need to be somewhere. This will give you plenty of time to get ready, eat something and get there on time.
6. Put on some clothes – Pajamas, dirty clothes, rags, or the clothes you fell asleep two hours ago will not cut it. Dress for the reputation you want. Give it some thought. Show some respect. Pajamas in class are disrespectful and your instructor will notice.
For those returning to college…..
Welcome back! All six tips above still apply to you. However, here are a couple of bonus tips as well:
7. Make it a point to mentor a freshman and help him or her through those first few scary weeks – don’t act all cool and know it all, be nice.
8. If you don’t already have an internship or contacts in your future desired field, NOW is the time to find that internship and start cultivating those relationships – you are going to need them much sooner than you think.
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