Your actions, too, bring these values to life every day. Sometimes in our generation, people seem to accept that things are the way they are and that they have no power to change them. That is a lie. Every day is a chance to change and make things right, a chance to take action steps toward the person who you want to be and know you can become. Understand that this time is precious, and you have such a source of vast knowledge literally at your fingertips. Going to class will ensure that you are getting the information you need (not to mention that’s what you will be paying for). Know you are capable of working incredibly hard. Never let anyone convince you otherwise. Go to the tutoring centers if you need help. That is what they are there for, and you’re paying for it anyway. Put in the time, work really hard, be humble but confident, and you will achieve success. Also remember to appreciate how lucky you are right now to have been born in a place and time that allows you to simply have the opportunity to gain an education.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be Johniah
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What a great question and you have some solid answers here.
I'll add, as a fellow Chicagoan and someone who attended college out-of-state, think about what it is you want to accomplish most from attending college and what you might like about your future possibilities. Of course, as John mentioned, your education is priority and what you make of it.
And as Darren wrote, I too found it helpful to join clubs or committees and help with activities on campus, so I could meet fellow students, professors and begin growing my network. It was particularly helpful for me because being from Illinois attending school in Michigan, I didn't know anyone and it was my first time living away from home. But my college roommate and many people I met in college are still life-long friends of mine that I'll forever cherish knowing!
For me, I found that staying active and meeting new people kept me from getting homesick. My freshman year of college I took a job on campus and even stayed for the summer rather than going home, plus it gave me a chance to make some money for my next year there.
Make yourself a checklist of the things you want and work towards those goals.
Best wishes to you for success in your educational and career goals!
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What an exciting time you have ahead. My advice would be to pick subjects that you enjoy and you are good at, that way you will get far more from the academic experience. I totally agree with Darren, join as many groups as you can, look at opportunities to volunteer or work part time, these will not only look great on your CV but will give you great experience to take to your career after college.