Before your first day of college, learn your class schedule and review any syllabi already shared by your professors. The syllabus for a course usually details when you need to turn in assignments throughout the semester. Keep track of any big projects or papers for your classes in a planner to help you see when you might be especially busy that term. Professors and teaching assistants are great resources to clear up confusion and show your commitment and engagement to a class. Seeking out office hours can help build relationships with professors and potentially lead to opportunities during undergrad or after.
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Doc recommends the following next steps:
Depends if still working through senior year or you know here you are going
If still not decided
1. Improve your GPA and SAT scores if still time - more options, better chance of financial support
2. Pick option A - closet to your passion, what you want, where you want
3. Fight like hell for funding - look everywhere - the less you owe coming out of college the better
1. Look for financial aid/support
2. Put the time in to determine best major and minor, and flexibility to switch to others at ends year 1, 2, or 3 - ie, do not lock yourself in too tight
3. Clear your mind before starting as it will be a big shock - shift from teacher to professors, shift from classes to lectures, independence away from parents, new friends, new options - the risk is you get distracted in your first semester - it then becomes very hard to catch-up. Start your 1st semester 110% focused on doing your best - then you can start to slow down a bit if needed in the following semesters. Both my kids were impacted by this - you have to be disciplined.
4. Lastly - ensure you balance your first semester and first year - study, sports/activities, social, fun, sleep - so
You are not tired and stressed - look for balance - AVOID CRAZY - avoid getting kicke out and having to pick up your studies in local college or dropping studies all together - must AVOID THE LATTER AT ALL COSTS - you need a quality education to compete in this world, to find the right job to fund your dreams👍
To ensure that it will be transferable, use assist.org (since you are in California) and compare at the list of classes from the CC to university. If they have an equivalent lower division, then it should be transferable.
There are situations where you may need to confirm first, like Computer Science courses. Those require that you reach out to the department to validate as some classes do teach different materials or may require to retake the course once transferred.
1. Be yourself! There are going to be a lot of people who will be in a similar situation with you and be very nervous about meeting new people. Being outgoing is a huge part to making new friends. While your high school friends are great to have, try to expand your social circle too! You could do this through a variety of ways such as a sports team, a book club, or other social events that your college will host!
2. Have the willpower to study when you need to. A huge part of college is now having the responsibility to go to class on your own, no more adults to wake you up! Haha! But in all seriousness, knowing when you need to study for a big exam versus hanging out with friends is a huge way to be successful. It is definitely possible to have fun in college and also do well in school! It all comes down to knowing how to manage your time well.
3. Try new things! The best part of college is figuring out what your own values are and who you want to become as a person. College provides a great number of unique opportunities to find out what you like and do not like. Go into college with a positive attitude and a desire to have fun and I know you will have a good time. Good luck!
My advice would be to go into it with an open mind, if you don’t know what you want to major in that’s okay you will figure it out by taking different classes! Another piece of advice is to GO TO office hours!! They not only give you 1 on 1 with professors but it allows them to get to know you personally. Lastly I’d say to work hard but don’t forget to have fun along the way
Good advice for college would be to explore around before settling. When first entering, you may feel overwhelmed by all the organizations and activities provided by the college and the best would be to explore as many that interests you as possible. You may learn many skills that'll not only help you throughout college but translate into important skills throughout your lifetime as well. And most importantly the connections you make along the way may be the most important and have the overall more impact on your professional and personal life.
My best advice is stay focused! It is so easy to get distracted. Surround yourself with motivated, hard working and encouraging friends to hold you accountable. Get involved with groups to connect with your peers. Build connections, it all helps in the long run .
I think the thing I was unprepared for the most was that time management would be put into my hands more than the teacher's. My high school instructors would give us long term assignments that had due dates weeks out and they would continuously remind us that it was upcoming. In college, an instructor may hand you a syllabus, go over an assignment once, and not mention it again until it's due, so be on top of your coursework.
When you do sign up for classes, go the campus ahead of time and walk from each classroom to the next so you're not lost on your first day of school.
One of the things I wish I knew my first semester was that you do not need to fill your hours the same way you did in high school; almost everyone I know had this problem the first semester / quarter. Take the full 12 credits (assuming you're starting full time), but I advise not to go over that the first semester so you can get a feel for the coursework.
Mary Jean’s Answer
Another piece of advice is to get to know your professors. They are there to help you learn but this can be easy to forget, especially in big classes. Getting to know the teaching staff can not only help you academically, but later on can also help you professionally from job opportunities to letters of recommendation. I would also recommend getting to know some upperclassmen to get insight on what classes are worth taking, how big the workload is, etc. so that you can be more prepared.