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What are some tips to remember for college?

I plan to go to college for Secondary Mathematics Education!! #college

Thank you comment icon Hi Marissa, It is always important to keep your end goal in mind. When your classes get difficult or when you are not doing as well as you hope, give yourself a reminder of why you are wanting to do Secondary Math Education. 1. Make school your #1 priority. 2. Seek advice from your advisors and make sure you are taking the classes that you need to be taking each semester. Make an effort to help them help you. When going into an advising appointment bring questions with you that they can answer for you. They are there to help! 3. You are not alone! Chances are your friends will find some of classes/exams to be challenging as well. Talking things through with your friends and fellow students will help you get through defeating situations. Brooke

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Tori’s Answer

Hi Marissa!

College is definitely a learning experience you will never forget!
Tips:
1. Stay focused
2. If it gets tough, never give up. The end is worth it!
3. Stay organized and make sure to write all of your assignments down on a list or create a routine to help you stay organized
4. Reach out to your professor or peers for any help with understanding the work
5. Network! Create relationships with your professors and peers - Once you graduate someone may be able to help you land a job.
6. Study!
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Marissa,

That is a good question.

The biggest challenge in college is you are not going to have a teacher focused on you as much as in high school. Some of your core classes can be with several hundred other studies. If you miss a homework assignment or a paper, you are not going to be called out for it. You have to be very self motivated individual in college. You will also need to be very organized as each teacher feels like their class is the most important. They will not know or care about how much homework you are getting in other classes. Time management will be a key here. You may need to give up some fun activities to stay on top of your homework.

The second challenge is the work load. Some teachers think that you have no other comittments while you are in college. That means lots of homework that can be challenging to complete if you are also working to support yourself. College is a job, especially if you go full time.

I am not sure if you plan to go to school out of state. Being in a new environment can be very challenging which makes school that much more difficult. Everything feels like it is hard simply because you are learning about a new environment along with learning in school.

I hope that some of these insights will help you during your time in college.
Gloria
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Jessica’s Answer

Marissa,

What a great question that I think there are so many fabulous answers for. Looking back at my own college experience, I think the most important thing to remember is you are in control of your destiny. Everyone is rooting for you to succeed, and has the utmost faith that you will, but no one is there to hold your hand and walk you through the various challenges that are bound to be faced. Advocate for yourself, ask questions, and do not stop until you have what you need. You will never be alone, but it is up to you to do the things you want to do! Best of luck!!
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Carolyn’s Answer

While it is super important to focus on your studies and to learn how to be independent, I also think it's important to have some fun!! Some of my best friends were people that I met in college.
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Dakayla’s Answer

Hello Marissa. One tip to remember for college is not to procrastinate. Work can build up quickly and you need to have as much time as possible to complete your work by the due date without falling behind. Another tip is to never be afraid to ask for help. Whenever you are having trouble understanding something in a course, reach out to your professors via email or attend their office hours. You can also attend tutoring sessions or ask your peers for help.
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Adriana’s Answer

Hi Marissa,

I just graduated from GSU earlier this year and looking back, I wish I would've taken more advantage of all the resources offered to me while at school. Make sure to look into all the opportunities offered at your school! You will have the opportunity to go to events to network and meet people within the career you're pursuing. Many colleges offer career counselors to answer questions and lead you. There are so many organizations and clubs you'll be able to join through school. All of these things are just as important as studying hard because they will give you hands-on experience and opportunities in the real world to better prepare you for your future career.

Hope this is helpful. Best of luck to you as you pursue a career in Education!
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David’s Answer

Marissa,

Good question!!! As far as starting out in college, be organized, plan, do not count on reminders to do work. Treat your college classes as it is your job. The better you adapt to on your own leaning, completing assignments ahead of time, and staying up on your studies, the better experience you will have. The better you will perform. Also remember, for those classes that you are not that interested in but still must take, do as good a job on this work as you do for the classes you are interested in. Once you complete your college experience and your are our working for a company, there will be work assignments that you may not necessary like, bust still have to do and do well. So practice all of this while you are learning to be on your own in college. Good luck!!
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Alicia’s Answer

Hey you, so. My advice is to remember that today you are working for tomorrow's dream but not to forget to love yourself! Pamper yourself! Buy yourself flowers! Even if you have someone who shows you love it's equally important to show yourself, love! Also, p.s. everyone wants to look like they have everything figured out, which makes others who don't have it figured out feel left out. Instead, be the person that normalizes the struggle. You don't have to be perfect to be loved or happy! Also, teachers are humans! and a lot of the time they wanted to make a change in the world so make sure the teacher knows who you are and that you also appreciate them! It goes a long way ;)

Alicia recommends the following next steps:

Stay after class to ask questions
Ask teachers for help
Email your dean or mentors to collect feedback
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