How To Prepare To Start Your College Experience

January 31, 2014 | Author: | Posted in Marketing

The day has finally come, you have graduated from high school, you are an adult, and you are free. All of your years of hard work and practical servitude are about to pay off, so what do you do next? The options are next to endless, but one of the most common and exciting is the opportunity to attend college.

Financially you are motivated to get something out of the class, but intellectually you are struggling to be invested. While you can’t change the professor the participants in the class, here are some tips to help you get the most out of class.

First, check ahead to see what will be provided for you. Especially if you are moving into the dorms, a lot of necessities will already be taken care of for you. Most dorms and apartments come with mattress pads, microwaves, vacuums, and sometimes even shower curtains. A select few even come with toasters, coffee makers, cleaning supplies, TV/DVD players, and extra storage space. Call ahead and see what will be provided so you don’t waste money and space packing things you don’t need.

Communicate with roommates

If you don’t like the assigned reading, find interesting extracurricular reading on the subject you are studying in class. There is more than one way to view any topic, and the chances are pretty high that someone else has written about the topic you are studying, and chances are what they have to say is interesting. But choosing to independently investigate the theme of class, slowly but surely you may become more involved or interested in the class.

So research careers and colleges thoroughly so that when you pull on your first piece of University of Miami apparel, or your first Texas Tech T-shirts, you will know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, and doing exactly what you wanted to do.

Third, consider what you can buy later and what you need to bring from home. There are a lot of smaller, less essential things that you will eventually want/need that you can buy at a later date at the local supermarket or college bookstore. Things like paper clips, tape, shampoo, notebooks, food, etc. Avoid going on huge shopping sprees before you move away.

As you set and meet goals, you will be able to measure your progress and avoid becoming discouraged. When progress is measurable, you have the opportunity to literally watch yourself grow and extend your reach as you come closer and closer to the attainment of your goal.

In the end, the real secret with getting the most out of class is not giving up and participating. Sure the kid in the Florida State jersey is annoying and the teacher sound like Ben Stein in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” but this your education, and isn’t cheap, so don’t quit.

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