College life is a mixture of academic and social experiences. Knowing tips on how to balance these experiences will formulate your college life for better or worse. Hopefully for the better.
- Smile: Statistics prove people who smile attract attention and are more popular. And who doesn’t need a little popularity in their lives?
- Join a Study Group: This is a no brainer, you will meet new people and get some studying done!
- Rush a Fraternity/Sorority: If this is your cup of tea, go for it.
- Got Roommate? Get Alternative Study Space: See if you can work out a schedule, so each of you have the whole room to yourselves 1 to 2 nights each week. Post the schedule and find your alternative study space [See “Find an Alternative Study Space” below]. Plus, you get your dorm room to yourself some nights as well.
- Join Groups: Free food is just the beginning. You will find all sorts of interesting groups exploring different topics of interest. Shop around!
- All Semesters Count: Do not be lead to think you can blow-off your first semester or any semester, for that matter. Your grade point average GPA is calculated on ALL your courses taken within your entire college career. Oh, and prospective employers do ask for college transcripts.
- Schedule Your Time and Stick to Your Schedule: You are responsible for your study, work and deadlines. Once you have all your syllabi, chart your due dates on whatever calendar you will use: paper, PDA, your computer, which ever way you will remember. Then, check your calendar daily and plan accordingly. Don’t be tempted to party the weekend before a big paper is due. Stick to your schedule.
- Find an Alternative Study Space: It might be the library, an alcove in your dorm, the union, the local coffee shop, or maybe all of these! Where ever your auxiliary study spaces are, use them when ever you need to get away from your dorm room or just want a change of pace. [Tip: Your alternative study space should have an electrical outlet and you should travel with an power strip complete with surge protector].
Stealing these tips will help you have a great college experience.