As I was entering college there were many questions I felt needed answers to. The first day of your fall semester/quarter can be stressful, but keeping these tips in mind can guide you in the right direction as you begin your college career:
1. Learn about your resources.
Many colleges have different resources that might alleviate the uneasiness you feel about financial aid, classes, or groups and organizations. As a first generation college student, I was overwhelmed by all that I had to learn to be on track. Resources such as Beyond 12 and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) helped me discover my plan for the next four years and provided a guide of the best opportunities that are available to me.
2. The day (or a few days) before classes, get a feel of how long it might take you to get to class.
Some universities might be small and it could take you 5 minutes (or less) to get to class. However, at larger universities it can take up to 10+ minutes to walk across campus. Make sure you have enough time to get from one class to another. Consider investing in a bike or skateboard if walking takes too long.
3. Do not buy books from the bookstore.
Unless you absolutely have to, try to buy books anywhere else but the university's bookstore. Try to find your textbooks on Amazon, Chegg, or local bookstores. If they are not listed there, either rent the book and/or split the cost with a peer that is also taking the same class and can share the book with you.
4. Create study groups.
It is important to create study groups to augment each others learning, especially with students in the same major as you. Your peers can help you learn things in your classes that you might over look. Study groups are essential to do well at the university level. Who knows, you might meet your best friends from these study groups!
5. Be confident.
Although college can be draining, especially as an athlete, if you are confident about your work the results will show. You have to set goals in life and to achieve them you need to believe that you can do them.
Make sure to visit your school's website for other questions that you might have.
Congratulations and good luck!
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