It’s back to school time for many college students. There are some 2 million incoming freshman this year and if you are one of them, you have a lot to learn (and quick). Here are 25 untold tips for college freshman…Good luck!
1. Find a student group – whether is DECA or a Greek affiliation – sooner rather than later. This can help you quickly establish a social circle within a sometimes overwhelmingly large community.
2. As a traditional college student at a large university, you are not given a lot of direction. If you know you could struggle with this, choose a smaller school with smaller student to faculty ratio.
3. Pick a college major as a freshman or even before then. This can save you hundreds of dollars in tuition and “super senior” status.
4. Self-motivation is the number one trait a successful college student can have.
5. Don’t be shy in class. Speaking up allows you to engage in the course material and connect with your professor/instructor.
6. As an online student, set up a particular time each day to devote to online coursework. This can keep you from procrastinating.
7. Worrying doesn’t get you anywhere. Action does. Position yourself for success in school by making good decisions and being wise with your time.
8. Take advantage of the ability to wear scrubs. Unless you are a nurse or a doctor, you will never have that luxury again.
9. Don’t get wrapped up in the social scene of college TOO much. You will regret it as a college junior or senior, when your G.P.A. is not so hot.
10. Study groups are invaluable. This can help facts stick in auditory learner’s brains.
11. Look in the mirror and decide who you want to be. Then, make it happen.
12. Find a study tip that works for you and stick to it. A lot of college coursework is based around memorization, so mind hacks are key.
13. Buy and sell your textbooks online. You can get a way better deal than at your student union or bookstore. Better yet, rent them online.
14. As you progress through your professional life, your Alma mater matters less and less – but your work ethic and in-field skills do. (I.E. Choose the right major to get in-field experience as a student.)
15. Spend time up front aligning your personal goals for the semester. Your goals can hold you accountable in times of struggle.
16. You can either be really busy or really bored in college. It’s all a matter of what you put into it. I’d choose the latter.
17. Don’t let anyone else make decisions about your life.
18. Online courses are not any easier than classroom-based. Sometimes they take even more motivation to complete.
19. Procrastination is nobody’s friend. That’s what leads to mental breakdowns.
20. Enroll in classes with your friends, as long as they are positive influences.
21. Swallow your pride and use your University or college’s tutoring services.
22. Read up on career paths of your intended degree sooner rather than later. You don’t want to have to circumvent.
23. If you are feeling overwhelmed, sometimes it doesn’t help to push through your tasks. Take a break and do something mindless like jogging, walking, or watch television.
24. College loans are not free money. Ask someone that is 30 years old who is paying $500 per month in loan repayments.
25. Create a to-do list; then a not-to-do list.
26. Be militant about avoiding distractions during major study periods (before an exam or major test).
27. Cramming doesn’t work. Your brain uses up more glucose than any other bodily activity. Typically you will have spent most of it after 60-90 minutes of hard-core mental stimulation (via Inc.com).
28. Don’t multi-task. Switching from task to task isn’t effective. In fact, changing tasks more than 10 times in a day makes you dumber than being stoned. When you’re stoned, your IQ drops by five points. When you multitask, it drops by an average of 10 points.
29. Read up on as much as you can about your college before your first day. Student support…campus activities…technology offerings…These are just three of the many examples of things you should research before your first day.
30. Never underestimate the power of education!