Start off on the right foot. Before classes begin, do a run-through of your class schedule to make sure you know where your classes are located. You may also want to scope out the best place to park.
Be prepared. Come to each class with all the necessary materials and spend some time before class reviewing your notes.Â
Get into a routine. College is work, so approach it like you would any other job: schedule, schedule, schedule!
Get to know your academic advisor. If you haven't already met with your academic advisor, schedule an appointment today. The more you meet with your advisor, the more he or she will be able to better help you reach your goal.
Meet your instructors. Don't be afraid to talk to all of your instructors! Take charge of your education and be more than just a name on a roster or a seat in a course.
Be proactive. Ask for help when you need it? The college staff, administrators, and faculty are here to help you stay in school and reach your goals. There is a lot of help available, but you must take the initiative to seek it out.
Manage your money wisely. It may be tempting to take advantage of all those credit card offers you get in the mail, but you should shred them instead.
Stay healthy. Eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. This will help you fight stress and depression and stay active and engaged in class.
Get involved. Make your way to the student center and explore clubs and organizations that interest you. Be open to new people and activities.
Be yourself. Sign up for the classes and activities that interest YOU, not the ones you think you should be involved with because of external expectations or perceptions.