New chapters of our lives are simply a part of growing up. Moving to a new city and making new friends. Starting a new job and learning the procedures. We experienced a new chapter when we started middle school and even high school. For some people, these new steps in life can be nerve wrecking and they may even feel unprepared. It’s that time of the year again; back to school. Many of you are entering college for the first time and as exciting as it can be; it’s new and can often times feel overwhelming. So here are some tips and a word of advice from your TUC fam, so you feel more confident entering this school year!
I am sure by now you have heard how expensive college is; and how a lot of that goes into textbooks. A big mistake students often make is buying textbooks from their university’s website or buying the first one they see. Believe me, often times there are cheaper options. My absolute favorite website is Slugbooks.com . The website compares multiple textbook websites so that you can find the cheapest offer available!
2.MEETING WITH YOUR ADVISOR
Whether your major is nursing or undecided, meeting with your advisor is essential to a successful semester. Your advisor is assigned to you to help you decide what classes you should apply for and with any assistance that is needed. If you feel like your advisor is not a good fit, you have the option to request a different one. What is important is that you feel comfortable and can rely on this person.
3.RATE MY PROFESSOR
Every semester I rely on ratemyprofessor.com . The website has every professor from every university and students can rate them and comment on their experiences with these professors. Although some reviews may seem harsh; it’s helpful in avoiding a rough semester. The cool part also is that the have subcategories to rate the class such as: is attendance mandatory, is textbook required, easy or tough grader, short or long lectures, a lot or no homework, etc.
4.APPLY FOR CLUBS OR ORGANIZATIONS
Most colleges offer an array of clubs and organizations to join. There’s typically something out there for everyone and the coolest part is that majority of the time these are clubs started by students! It is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends with similar interests, and help you stay motivated during your semester.
5.TAKE A TOUR OF CAMPUS AND STUDY THE MAP
There’s nothing that makes a freshman stand out more than looking lost on your new campus. No worries, everyone was new at some point and most students are willing to help you find your class. However, if you are too shy to approach others, you might want to consider going to the campus and practicing your route for your classes or simply downloading the map on your phone so you have an idea of where different buildings are.
6.KEEP THE SYLLABUS
If there’s one thing you need to keep from your first day of class, it is your syllabus! Your syllabus will be an outline for your entire semester. It’ll have your teacher’s email, required textbooks and most importantly the schedule for the semester. This is important so that you can keep up with assignments and exams and not fall off track.
Keep these 5 tips in mind and believe me, you will be okay! Be open to making new friends, don’t be afraid to ask your professors questions, and stay focused! College is such a cool chapter in your life and some of the greatest memories could come from it! Good luck!