Transitioning to College Tips
What to do now that you have been accepted:
(i.e. verification forms, meningitis vaccination records, etc).
- Check for any outstanding documents in admissions and/or financial aid department
- Register for housing as soon as possible. There is a deadline!
(Allows you to test out of remedial courses that do not count towards your degree, this is a waste of time and money!!)
- Prepare, schedule, and take the TSI exam
(You will schedule courses with your academic advisor at this time. Be sure to take the TSI prior to this date. If you plan to transfer in the future, inform your academic advisor of this to ensure your courses are transferable)
- Schedule your New Student Conference/Orientation
How to ease into your freshman year in college:
- Create a budget for yourself. Now that you are on your own you will need to start budgeting your money. College is expensive. Save when you can, pay your bills first, and then give yourself an allowance so you don't go over budget.
- Schedule your time. You're an adult now, use your time in a productive manner. Time management can be hard to master so use aids such as a planner to stay organized.
- Find helpful resources on campus (i.e. writing center, free tutoring, counseling etc.) You can typically find tutoring in the library. If you are unsure, do some research on the college website or simply ask. You pay a lot of money for college, you should use every resource you are entitled to.
- Get involved on campus. Meet new people and mingle. The majority of the friends you will make are not in the same classes you take and will be made through the organizations you join. Remember school is your first priority, do not stretch yourself too thin.
- Bring a piece of home with you to college. Leaving home can be tough especially if you are REALLY close to your family. Ease your mind from being homesick by surrounding yourself of the ones you love.
- Connect with family through social media. They miss you and want to see all the exciting events you attend on campus and how good you are doing. This can also help your mom or dad feel comfortable with you being away from home. Knowing you are safe and happy will put their mind at ease.
- Keep an open mind. You will be learning a lot about yourself during the next four years in college. Something you thought you had no interest in may turn out to be something you love doing. Don't shut yourself off to opportunities that may change your life forever and for the better. Self reflect and then decide whether to stick with it or move on.
- Don't be too hard on yourself. College is hard and you will be challenged. Don't be afraid to fail. Failing is necessary in order to learn from your mistakes. Persevere through the tough times, it can only get better. Know that you are not alone. Everyone is going through similar hardships. Talk to your friends, lean on each other, and provide helpful advice to help you stay focused on your long term goals which is to graduate from college and be successful! :)
- It's okay to ask for help. Asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness or is any reflection of your lack of intelligence. You can not do this alone. There is always help available, simply seek out the resources you are needing. Support groups in the form of family and friends is what will help you accomplish your goals.
- It's a marathon, not a race! Finding your tight knit group of friends will take some time. Do not get discouraged. You will meet friends along the way. Do not compare yourself to others too often.
- Go to professor office hours. When you don't understand something that was discussed in class, follow up with your professor and ask questions so you can better understand the material. You want to make sure you are fully prepared for any and all exams. Don't be afraid to get to know your professors and build a professional relationship. You can also count on them to write a letter of recommendation for scholarships, jobs and as a reference.
- Do extra credit! Extra credit can only help you and not hurt you. If you have an "A" in the class, do it anyway to ensure you keep your "A". This will also give you an academic cushion if you do not do so well on an assignment, quiz, or exam.
- Study abroad. See the world if given the opportunity. Apply for scholarships to cover the cost.