The Insider: 10 tips for college success

August 27, 2012 5:42 AM


Welcome to your first lesson of the year. It’s called “How to Succeed in College.”


No. 1: Find a faculty mentor or two
College isn’t exactly easy to navigate. There are classes to make, projects due and papers to write. Linking yourself to someone who has been there and done that will provide insight into what to expect and how to succeed.

No. 2: Socialize
Getting involved in extracurricular activities will enable you to meet new people and build relationships that can last the rest of your life.

No. 3: Be serious
Think of college as a job. Don’t skip classes. Be on time. And forget about being paid.

No. 4: Stay full-time

Consider taking one course above and beyond what’s required for full-time status. Dropping below full-time status may affect certain things such as financial aid.

No. 5: Decide on a major early
You’ve heard of the super senior who takes six years to get a four-year degree. Don’t be that guy. Visit career services and begin researching potential careers early on.

No. 6: Reinvent yourself

Were you the bad boy or the party girl in high school? Try being the college intellect! There’s no better place to reset your image.

No. 7: Study
It pays off to actually learn the stuff being taught over the next few years. Ax those memorization tricks. College will truly make you a better person if you do.

No. 8: Take a class outside of your major
For years, you’ve been forced to take required courses. Now is your chance to put those elective courses to good use. Dance class, maybe?

No. 9: Intern in your field

Upon graduation, you are in competition with the experienced and inexperienced. Why not get a leg up on the competition?

No. 10: Have fun
Only a few escape the doldrums of a 9-to-5 job by striking it rich or being born into royalty. Use your time in college to relax a bit before life takes over. You’ll know what I mean soon enough.

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