Starting College? Follow These Rules

College students have a lot of choices, so it’s important for them to know how to make good decisions. These eight tips can help you get off to a great start when starting college.

Go To Class

There’s a reason why this is number one. College is a great time, but you can’t stay if you don’t do well in your classes. One of the worst things you can do is skip class. Remember that your goal is to finish school. How will you do that if you can’t even get to class on a regular basis? If you can’t attend class, Michael Treco has some great tips.  ​

Join In Events 

Let’s be honest: not every event for first-year students is a lot of fun. You might not be into library tours or mixers that sound silly. But they help you get to know people on campus and prepare you to do well in school. Go, even if you have to roll your eyes. ​

Don’t Go Home Every Weekend

This can be particularly tempting if you live close to your school or have a boyfriend or girlfriend at home. But going home every weekend keeps you from making friends, getting to know your campus, and turning it into your new home. ​

Take Risks

Do things that make you feel uncomfortable. Never watched a show that talked about a certain religion? Have you never tried any of the food in the cafeteria? Have you ever met someone from a certain country but didn’t know their name? Get out of your comfort zone and try out some new things. You went to college so you could learn something new, right? ​


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Enroll In A Variety Of Classes

Just because you want to be a doctor doesn’t mean you can’t take a course in astronomy. Widen your horizons and study something you’ve never thought about. ​

Figure Out How To Say “No”

When you first start school, this may be one of the hardest things to learn. But saying “yes” to anything that sounds fun, interesting, or exciting will get you into trouble. Your grades will go down, you won’t be able to manage your time well, and you’ll wear yourself out. ​

Don’t Wait Too Long To Ask For Help

College is usually a pretty good place to be, and no one there wants you to fail. If you are having trouble in a class, you can either ask your teacher for help or go to a tutoring center. Talk to someone in the counseling center if you’re having trouble adjusting. Almost always, it’s easier to fix a small problem than a big one. ​

Keep Track Of Your Money

It’s easy to forget about that meeting with the Financial Aid Office or that simple form you had to turn in by a certain date. But if you don’t keep track of your money, you can quickly get into a lot of trouble. Make sure you stick to your budget throughout the semester and that you know how your financial aid package is doing at all times.

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