Work on Writing
I have found that many assignments are writing-based. No matter what major you may be studying, you will have to be able to write formal essays. Having good writing skills is essential, especially in classes in which your grade is based solely on essays and reports. For example, in a Korean history class that I took one quarter, simply remembering significant events and dates was not enough. We had to be able to explain and connect certain concepts such as Neo-Confucianism to events that occurred throughout Korean history. Being ready to write will put you ahead of the game and so you won’t have to rush reviewing the basics again.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
College is an exciting time for many, and it is easy to fall off track. It is okay to have fun and make everlasting memories, but it is also important to remember that you are attending college to get an education. Doing things like keeping a planner for important dates and deadlines can help keep you on track to obtain that degree by the end of your college adventure.
It is never too early to reach out to your friends, family, and professors to learn more about tips they may have and how they became successful. Do not be afraid to attend networking events or career fairs just because you are a first year. Nowadays, it is not only what you know but also who you know.
Put yourself out there and participate in orientation activities. Try something you have never done before or never thought you would do. College is the best time to do a little experimentation to figure out who you really are and what your ultimate goals are in life. It is better to learn by trying than regret not doing it. College only happens once, so make it the best experience you possibly can!
With colleges beginning soon, you may feel frantic trying to figure out how you’re going to take on this next chapter of your life. By following these tips, you’re sure to be on your way to a great year. Study hard and remember to have fun, too. Good luck!