Know Your Options: (continued)

  • Be aware of the organization’s reputation and

    how that might a ect your own.

  • Charter your own organization if you don’t nd exactly what you’re wanting. In college, it can be much easier to start a new club or activity than it was in high school, even as a freshman.
  • Be open to change! It’s completely O.K. to make changes in your life, including your major, dorm, roommate, activities, friends, etc.

    Know Your Distractions:

  • College brings a lot of distractions. Social net- working sites, parties, organizations, friends, and relationships are an integral part of the college experience, but remember that, most importantly, you are in college to learn and start a career path.
  • Be organized and use your time-management skills so that distractions don’t get in the way of your education.
  • Be aware of the types of things that distract you. While you don’t have to cut out every distraction, being aware will help keep them in check.
  • Procrastinating in college has big repercus- sions. With fewer grades in college, each grade is a lot more important! College professors generally don’t o er extra credit or make-up work.

    Know Your Networks:

  • Stay connected to your networks at home.
  • Make new contacts. ey want to help you out!
  • Find out who you should know for nancial aid, registration questions, internships, organization sponsorship, or possible job opportunities.
  • Build relationships with organization leaders, up- perclassmen, professors, resident advisors, teach- ing assistants, and peers from each class. Network- ing isn’t hard if you just get out there and do it!
  • Facebook and other social networking sites can be a very good network if used responsibly. Don’t put anything on any web site that you wouldn’t

want your parents or a future employer to see. Pri- vacy blocks don’t necessarily guarantee that your material won’t be seen!

Know Your Resources:

■ Make (and keep) appointments with your advi- sors early in the semester. However, upperclass- men o en can be more helpful than advisors.

■ Take advantage of tutoring opportunities. Professors and teaching assistants o en are willing to help you outside of class.

■ Put together study groups. (Just don’t let those become distractions, too.)

Know the Miscellaneous:

■ Take care of business. Do your reading and homework, and go to class! Be disciplined!

■ Plan well. Don’t take all easy classes your rst se- mester so you can “get used to college” rst. Don’t load yourself down either. Vary the types of classes you take each semester: fun classes, hard classes, project classes, reading classes, essay classes, etc.

■ Invest in some rain boots and an umbrella or rain coat. You’ll be glad the rst downpour!

Know Your Limits:

  • Don’t commit to too much, but rather, take some time to see what opportunities are available.
  • Develop yourself over time. Get involved, but don’t try to conquer campus in the rst week.

    Know Your Destination:

    ■ Step back and evaluate what you want to do and achieve, who you want to become, so that you can understand what to develop while in college.

    ■ Market yourself! You are your own name brand!

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