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!