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 😊