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How to Be a College Freshman: The Exclusive 7 Step Guide

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Author: Stefano C.

It’s the end of summer; you rocked the SAT/ACT, submitted a great application with that essay that took weeks to grind out and got into college – congratulations! Now, a whole new, important phase of your life begins. You will be starting at the bottom of the totem pole and clawing your way to the top to become an accomplished senior. This time the challenges are different and require a new set of skills for success. You will be creating your own schedules and dealing with a multitude of distractions that can take you off course.

Prepare for your new college life with these 7 essential steps:

  1. Get to know your campus. There is nothing worse than embarrassingly having to ask everyone on campus where your class is, and being late for class on the first day of college. take a few hours with some of your new classmates to tour the campus and make notes of where your classes will be.
  2. Find the best ways to manage your time. Staying organized on the go is a must, and easily accomplished with all the applications and software available. Google offers free applications such as: Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive, which help you manage tasks and documents from your phone, tablet or computer. These tools will help you to collaborate with members of teams/groups you will be assigned to, when it is too difficult to meet; thereby increasing everyone’s efficiency.
  3. Connect with your peers prior to the first day of classes. Check your class schedules and find students that share multiple courses with you and get to know them. Creating relationships with students who have much in common with you will be more invaluable than you can imagine. Don’t be surprised if some of these relationships become lasting friendships. And make good use of probably the most helpful resources, your professors – they have a great experience with other students and can easily clarify classroom material to you in a private setting.
  4. Break your bubble. There are many different clubs and organizations on campus. Leave your comfort zone and try something new. This will give you additional opportunities to broaden your knowledge and networks with other students and professionals.
  5. Find a quiet and comfortable location to do homework or study. Your dorm room is often not the best option, with too many distractions or perhaps a roommate on the phone. Check out the library or a study center with the technology you need to finish a project. As the years progress, your needs and habits will change, so make the effort to find the most suitable study spaces.
  6. Read, read, read! People who graduated from college and have started their careers will tell you over and over again to read as much as you can, not only material pertaining to your field of study, but as much as possible about everything else that is going on around you. Employers are looking for well-rounded people with a variety of skills, and most importantly, the ability to communicate effectively.
  7. Create a Linkedin. Whether or not you use social media, this platform is meant only for professionals. It is a great way to gain exposure by scheduling posts, creating a professional profile and interacting with companies, peers and professionals. Get into the routine of commenting, sharing and creating content on a daily basis. Although you may not gain traction right away, it will keep your profile active and show others that you have a keep interest in the professional world.

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