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Friday, August 21, 2009

How Can You Prepare for College Life?

  1. prepare a detailed schedule for every week that includes your class hours, study time, lab time and work hours if you are working
  2. plan ahead for exams and projects as soon as you receive the syllabus and course outline (Don't procrastinate. Otherwise, if you work, you may have to call in sick, abandon any thoughts of sleep for days, and accept lower grades and poor quality work in your classes.)
  3. avoid adding extra activities to your already busy schedule unless you specifically have the time to dedicate to these activities
  4. learn to say NO to the "fun" things in life
  5. let family members and friends know that you need their support and encouragement
  6. read every piece of paper or email message sent to you from the college or university so that you are always informed of deadlines, procedures and rules
  7. become familiar with the staff, administrators and faculty on campus (Knowing who to ask and who to turn to for guidance will enhance your experience.)
  8. don't be afraid to be assertive and ask questions (Information WILL make you powerful.)
  9. form study groups or bonds with other students who share your same goals and interests (These constructive networks provide valuable and needed support you may not find elsewhere.)
  10. enter this new world feeling optimistic but also "be" realistic (Accept the possible changes and learn to adapt. Flexibility is KEY.)
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  1. Great list for high school kids I'd like to add:

    Freshman year:
    Take college prep classes it will save you so much time and energy.

    The time to think about college is now. Go to your guidance counselor and see what information he/ she has.

    Begin to visit colleges.

    Consider student: teacher ratio. If you can sit in a class of 100 people and make good grades go for it. If not you should look a little longer.

    Think about cost.

    Get good grades. I wish I had followed my own advice but fact of the matter if you are low income and can get a 4.0 or above Princeton and Harvard I believe will pay for your education. Not to mention the potential scholarships you could earn.

    Do community service. It looks great on your application and for some organizations you can earn a scholarship.

    These are all things to think about and consider during your entire high school career.

  2. This is a great list that could be easily adpted for those who are entering a new work place or joining a new social network like BC. Hmmm ... maybe I need to get with your program.

  3. This is a great list, Mar, and I think for me could be applied to any big and possibly intense and long term project. I really like it because it made me think. I actually printed it out as there are things here that I would apply to my work now. Very cool. Every college kid should get this before starting school. Wonderful Mar.

    Thinking of you.Love when you send these things out on Stumble. Much love, Robin.

  4. Great tips. Preparation definitely sets students up for success. For ways students can protect their laptops at school, check out this post:

  5. This is a good list. I'm not new to college but I follow most of those. Some like "saying no to fun things" definitely helps save money.

  6. I'm a second year electrical engineering student. Super tips. It's that darn #4 on your list.... that's the one that always gets me.

  7. I've just started my own college life blog, and I was browsing Blogcatalog for other higher-ed blogs. It's interesting to see the direction you're taking with yours. :) good tips. :)

    Feel free to come check out my new blog sometime:

  8. Thank you all for the visit, the comments and suggestions. and yes I will be visiting some new blogs... :>)

  9. Its funny that you posted this because I have one as well,but mine is short :D


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