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Summer is halfway over and college is probably the top thing on your mind. But while you’re planning your first semester classes and getting your dorm essentials ready, let us remind you of a couple other key things you’ll need to remember for your first year.
College is about fun. But if you don’t study hard and keep your grades up, you could lose scholarships or even your place on campus. Avoid academic probation by making school work your top priority. There’ll be plenty of time for fun after you’ve finished your essays and put in some time studying for exams.
Meeting new people on campus is easy, especially if you’re at a big school or living on campus. It’s great to make new friends – and you should – but don’t forget to network with professors, teaching assistants, and campus program leaders. You should aim to build a few new relationships each semester on campus. Who knows, these people may be able to write you a recommendation letter for grad school, help you find a dream internship, or know of a job opening after graduation.
With so much going on it’s easy to get to bed late and wake up early to head to a lecture. Make sure you’re giving yourself a full eight hours of sleep each night. You’ll perform better in class if you’re well rested and you’ll have more energy for time with friends, too. Try to stick with a regular bedtime – it’s key to surviving freshman year.
Enjoy your last few weeks of summer!
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College students should aim to get their core classes out of the way early. It’s not always possible to know what field you want to enter in those first formative years of college. By taking time to get a sampling of different majors, it’s possible to seek out a degree that resonates with you and gives you a chance at a career you’ll truly love.
Take Your College Generals First
If you already know what career field you want to go into, then you may have to stagger your core classes over several years. Some degrees require you to take a certain number of degree-specific courses each semester to graduate on time. For those who have the flexibility to get their core classes out of the way early, it’s a good idea to get them done with as quickly as possible. Consider taking summer classes to finish your coursework earlier and spend less on tuition.
Use Your Credits Wisely
Try to put your credits to good use. If you know certain general courses will be easier for you, try to do more in one semester. You can build up the credit you earn and finish the simple ones first. If you have any extra credits from Advanced Placement or other courses, make sure you talk to a counselor so they count on your permanent record.
If you can test out of an entry level course early on, you should aim to do so. While it might be easier to take a core class that doesn’t require much effort, challenging yourself will help in the long run. By taking coursework that is challenging, you train your mind to be more effective, alert, and capable of solving complex problems. The goal is to get a well-rounded education and to increase your awareness of the world around you. You’ll only sell yourself short if you go the easy route.
Take Online Courses
When there aren’t enough hours in the day to attend classes, online classes are a good option. You can even get your entire degree online with a program like Rutgers online, and free up time to get some on-the-job training, or intern in your spare time. Make sure that any online course you take will transfer to your main program. This is best accomplished by meeting with your academic adviser and asking directly if any courses you plan to take will transfer. Many colleges allow a certain number of transfer credits for your degree.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”
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Are you headed off to college in the fall?
If so, you’re probably thinking about all the things you have to do to get ready. Get in touch with your new roommate. Register for classes. Apply for some more scholarships. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to do most of these things, and you can always turn to your parents when you need help.
But what about those other questions you have? You know, the ones that you’d feel weird asking Mom or Dad. You don’t always want to go to the adults who know you well when you have questions about relationships, alcohol, or campus safety – after all, they worry enough as it is!
College life expert Harlan Cohen will answer some of these questions during a webinar later this month. 17 Things High School Grads Need to Do Before Going to College will take place on Monday, July 29.
Harlan is The New York Times bestselling author of The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, so you can rest assured he knows what he’s talking about. He’ll give you some tips and advice to help you get comfortable before you head off to campus.
Want to find out more? Register here.
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