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First Year Survival Tips

Top 10 FYE Survival Tips

The decisions you make and the actions you take during this first year of college will have a major impact on the rest of your college experience as well as on the rest of your life. The following tips are things you need to do to not only survive your first year of college, but also to thrive. Practice the following steps to develop the tools, skills, and habits needed to help you succeed in college and in your future career.

  1. Go to class. Besides learning the material by attending classes, you'll also receive vital information from the instructors about what to expect on tests, changes in due dates, etc.
  2. Get to know your academic advisor. This person is a key resource for you and should be the person you turn to with any academic issues or conflicts, such as; adding or dropping courses, scheduling classes for future semesters, or changing your program of study.
  3. Get involved on campus. A big problem for many new students is a feeling of not quite belonging. Consider joining student organizations or clubs. You'll make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school.
  4. Make connections with students in your classes. In the first week of classes, meet at least one new person in each of your classes. This will expand your network of friends and can be a crucial resource at times when you may have to miss a class.
  5. Meet with your instructors. There are benefits to getting to know your instructors, especially if later in the semester you run into problems. Instructors have scheduled office hours for meeting with students. Take advantage of that time!
  6. Take advantage of the resources on campus. The college has free resources to help you succeed. Visit the Student Services, the Library, or ASC to learn more.
  7. Get organized. In high school, the teachers tended to lead you through all the homework and due dates. In college, the instructors post the assignments for the entire semester and expect you to be prepared. Buy an organizer, a PDA, a large wall calendar or whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due.
  8. Find the ideal place to study. It may be your room, a corner of the library or the ASC, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done and avoid distractions.
  9. Go to GO! The GO! Portal has it all. You can view your schedule, register for classes, access financial aid information, and more!
  10. Check student Gmail account daily! You will enhance your connection to the college and stay in “the know”.

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