Monday, August 19, 2019

3 Tips for Incoming Freshmen

Welcome to Volunteer State Community College, freshmen!  Does the thought of entering this new chapter of your life make you feel slightly anxious?  To help calm your nerves, here are some sophomore tips to get you through your first year of college:

1    1.) Stay focused on success, and come to class prepared and ready to learn. 

Try to get the most out of your classes, even the required ones that don’t really interest you- make sure you regularly go to class!  As the saying goes, “Knowledge is power,” so having a “bare minimum” mindset only puts yourself at a disadvantage.  The number-one beneficiary of getting an education is you, so why wouldn’t you want the best for yourself when it’s so achievable?

2    2.) Establish good connections with your teachers. 

Needless to say, use good manners when communicating with your teachers, and don’t be afraid to ask them for help or to actively participate in class.  This shows that you actually care about your work in that class, and teachers always appreciate that quality in students.  Speaking from my personal teaching experiences, watching your students grow and care about what they’re learning is such a gratifying aspect of the job.  Also, some faculty have participation grades in their classes, so if you don’t want to talk for the connection itself, at least do it for a good grade.

3    3.) Get involved at Volunteer State Community College!

Everyone appreciates having friends and good college experiences.  There are plenty of ways to make friends and memories at Vol State.  Visit the office of Student Engagement and Support for information about clubs to join or events to attend.  There’s almost always something going on, and you can find out more by checking out, following Vol State’s social media, and reading The Settler, Vol State’s student newspaper.  Whether it be simply talking to your classmates or going to an event, make your college experiences something worth reminiscing about later on down the road. 

Remember, college is all about making mistakes and growing because of them.  Take a deep breath.  You can do this.

-Gloria Cortes

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