This post was actually not written by but by Steven Jackson who was my new member educator Hope you enjoy and pay attention because he says these things from experience.
Advice for Incoming Freshman
1. During the first week of school, it is essential that you introduce yourself to your professors. Make sure to give them your first and last name, and set up a personal conference with them one-on-one. Meet with them on a regular basis throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, professors will be more apt to give you those couple extra points that could bump you a letter grade, but they won’t do that if they can’t put name to face and know that you are working for it.
2. Never underestimate homework assignments. In some classes, the grades you’ll have will come from exams. In the classes that have regular homework assignments, they could make a huge difference in grades.
3. GO TO CLASS! Some classes record attendance, and attendance can very well be incorporated in your final grade. This also helps professors recognize your efforts during the semester, and could once again be beneficial in improving your grade.
4. Get involved, make NEW friends, and join organizations. These promote excellent resources when it comes to class. You’ll meet people that you have class with, people who have taken those classes before, etc. If you can get in good with a group of people, they will be more than willing to help you succeed.
5. Manage your time well. Do not think that just because you are not in class, you do not need to focus on the class. Treat school like a job. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work on homework, studying, going to class, etc. This will reduce the necessity of last minute cramming and stressing out during exams/midterms/finals.
6. Don’t forget to have fun. If you practice good time-management skills, you will open up your evenings/weekends to unwind and take your focus off of school. Temporarily taking your mind away from studies will aid you in de-stressing and can also help you build quality relationships with the people you meet during your collegiate career.
7. Drop the high school sweetheart. Sure, you grew up together, graduated together, etc. The truth is, holding on to your significant other into your collegiate career, especially if they are not going to school where you are, will only hinder your chances for success. Running home every weekend to spend time with them will only result in you missing out on a major part of the college experience; building new friendships and relationships that will likely stick with you long after graduation. Nobody wants to hang out with the person who can’t let go of their high school days.
8. Your high school wasn’t as awesome as you thought it was. Hang up the letterman’s jacket until the 10 year reunion. Nobody is really that interested in your state championship either. Yeah, it’s quite an accomplishment, but chances are you are not here on an athletic scholarship so you couldn’t have been that great of a contributor.
9. Contrarily, your high school wasn’t as awful as you thought it was, either. We all hated certain people, teachers, administrators, etc. from our high schools. Whenever you spend a great portion of your life in the same town with the same people, yeah, you get tired of them. Don’t ruin your chances of meeting new people in college by constantly complaining about the problems you had during your high school days.
10. Don’t be stupid. Sure, college is a time to open your mind and experience new things in life. Just don’t go overboard. Hang on to your values, morals, and ethics, but remain understanding and willing to listen to those who believe differently. You will meet people from many different walks of life in college. Don’t do something just because your new friends do it, but at the same time don’t hate someone for carrying a different set of values than you.