Get advice. Nothing is more frustrating than realizing that classes you took won’t count towards a specific degree. College can be complicated. Your advisor and the Advising Center can help you. That will only work if you touch base at least once a semester. And if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask.
Be clear about your Financial Aid. These days there are caps on how many hours you can take and still apply financial aid. Listen closely to the requirements and ask plenty of questions. Also beware of debt. Just because you can get many loans for college, or you have room on your credit card, doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea. Consider your major and what you will realistically be able to pay back.
Get involved. Students who get involved in campus clubs and activities tend to do better. Have some fun, make some new friends and enjoy what the campus has to offer.
Get extra help. You’re not in this alone. We have many academic support services that can help you with everything from papers to math homework. If Supplemental Instruction is offered in a course you are taking, take advantage of it. SI students improve their grades by an average of one letter.
Ask questions. Your instructor can help you if you have trouble understanding the material- but only if you ask. Partner with people in your class for study sessions. Students can really help each other along the way.