College - Survival Tips
In this article we're going to discuss some things you can do in
order to have the best chance of surviving your college
experience without losing your mind.
Let's not kid ourselves. College can be tough. With the way most
high schools are now spoon feeding kids and almost pushing them
through, college can be a real wake up call. So how does a
student survive the reality check that he gets when starting his
The first thing that a student can do to prepare for his college
education is to plan ahead. Write to the college for a
catalogue. Get a list of courses offered. Get a handbook. Go to
the admissions office. Get as much information about the college
you plan to attend so you can prepare yourself for what lies
Check out any organizations the college has such as special
clubs or support services. Knowing where to go based on what you
need can save you a lot of time and anxiety.
Before you enrol, go to the campus. Pay them a visit. Meet with
your financial aid councillor. Go to admissions. Meet with
anyone you can who can help you get situated in your new
surroundings especially the department chair of the major you're
Make sure you give yourself a tour of the whole campus. It's
good to know where everything is in advance. This way you're not
looking for things last minute and driving yourself crazy trying
to find them.
When registration day comes, relax. These days are always long,
boring and frustrating. These days are chaos for everyone
involved, not just the students. Just know that there are others
going through the same thing as you.
Don't be afraid to meet and get to know other students. There
are going to be a lot of strange faces. You're going to want to
make friends because college can be a lonely experience if you
try to go it alone. These kids are all in the same boat as you.
Right there you already have something in common.
In the first couple of weeks of classes take the time to meet
with all your teachers. Let them know what you expect to get out
of their classes. Show them that you are really serious about
your education. If they see this that will make their
relationship with you much stronger right from the start. Having
a teacher in your corner puts you ahead of the game.
When given an assignment, give yourself plenty of time to
complete it. Don't leave things for the last minute. College
work can pile up on you very fast. By starting assignments right
away you give yourself the best chance of not getting buried in
Finally, allow yourself to be a human being. Nobody is expecting
you to be superman. Many students try too hard to fit in by
joining every social club they can. By taking on too much you're
only going to wear yourself out. If you want to do something
then do it. But don't do it just to be "one of the boys".
By following the above tips you give yourself the best chance of
getting through college in one piece and with all your marbles.