College is very different from high school. College is really the best time of your life. When you get older, you will likely look back at your college experience and wish you could do it all over again. No more detentions, hall passes, standardized short haircuts, endless hours spent in academy -- college allows you more freedom in what you learn or do in your spare time. But with this freedom there are some things you must keep in mind.
First, get to know your campus. Get the scoop and be involved in everything your university will have to offer. Attend orientation programs, find out about your department, courses, and professors, and get information about campus events and club activities. Knowing your campus and the people in it will make your transition to college life much easier.
College is an entirely different learning environment. In college, guess what? You are expected to have an opinion! Unlike high school, asking questions in class is not a deviant behavior. You are no longer a passive learner who just sits in class and do nothing. In college your professors are expecting you to voice your thoughts. Active class participation is very important to succeed in the college learning environment.
One of the best things about college is having the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of cultures. Some of your classmates may have different personalities and backgrounds from yours. Making friends and developing lasting relationships will help you become more comfortable in the college setting.
When you were in high school, you have your parents to help you make choices. In college, you are now considered an adult. Therefore, you are expected to make your own decisions and be responsible for the consequences. Being a first-year student can be socially overwhelming. Aside from lectures, there are many social gatherings open to you-- evening and weekend activities, club/organization meetings, and of course, parties. Some students get too involved in social activities and neglect their academics. Don’t fall in the same pit. Try to balance your social life and academics.
Last but not the least, have a positive student behavior. Professors love having students in their classes who are there to actively learn, participate, and show their commitment to learning. Professors hate students who fail to come to class regularly and those who have a terrible habit of making excuses for turning in late assignments and missing exams. You have to avoid these behaviors because they will lead you to be seen as less than the ideal student. You must do your best to be the kind of student who takes responsibility for his own education. I wish you all good luck in this first semester!
by Cecile Hwang, Language Education Center
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