Starting classes at a university can be both exciting and overwhelming. There are many big changes happening in your life when you start out as a freshman in college, or maybe you’re a returning student who took a break from school after high school graduation. To keep you on track and make the most of your time in college, here are some tips we recommend:

  • Read the syllabus and write down important dates in your planner – sometimes there are extra credit Easter eggs in the syllabus that are so simple you’ll regret not taking advantage of the grade boost! 
  • Consider creating a google docs for everyone to simultaneously take notes on during lecture if you have friends or friendly acquaintances in class.
  • Familiarize yourself with Microsoft Word tools because there are features to make writing bibliographies easier.
  • Take advantage of your professor’s office hours or university tutors if you need the extra help.
  • Keep applying for scholarships and grants – they don’t need to be paid back like student loans do!
  • Don’t buy every textbook listed for your classes until you know it’s 100% required.
  • Skip buying expensive textbooks from the university and rent used textbooks from Amazon Prime, Ecampus, Chegg, or Knetbooks. 
  • Study abroad if you can! It’ll be an amazing experience and teach you so much about a culture different from your own.
  • Join a sorority or fraternity if Greek Life would be a good fit for you!

Enjoy your time in school and try as many opportunities as you can before you graduate and join the working class 😊