How To Survive Your First Year At College: Tips For Incoming Freshmen

Going away to college is scary, let’s face it. Moving away from home can be intimidating, being away from family can be scary, and starting college class can be daunting. But before you know it, you’ll be on your way to graduating with a degree from Eastern Michigan University. Until then, here are some tips and tricks for incoming freshmen.

Go to class.

This is so important. You don’t want to miss out on any material covered during your lectures for when you’re tested on material later on. Sometimes professors offer extra credit for perfect attendance, too.

Set up a routine.

Going to bed every night at the same time and waking up around the same time each day will help you have healthy habits, like getting enough sleep at night. Setting up a time each day to study and do homework will also ensure you get things done.

Back up everything.

Whether it’s on a flash drive or on Google Drive, having everything backed up just in case is always a good idea. Not to mention, you never know when an old paper will come in handy for a portfolio or to reference for another assignment.

Get to know your professors.

Having a relationship with your professors will help you in the long run, like getting a reference letter for a job or scholarship

Have at least one business casual outfit with you.

You never know when you might need it for a class presentation or a job interview.

Use a planner or Google Calendar.

This will help you stay organized when it comes to assignments, extracurricular, and anything going on outside of college, like appointments.

Use your resources.

Go to the math lab or the writing center for help in your classes. Many intro level classes also have supplementary instructors to help students understand the material as well. Take advantage of them.

Do you have any tips for incoming students? Leave them in the comments down below!

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