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COLLEGE SUCCESS!

This guide provides you with resources to help you succeed in your college career - and in life! Click on the tabs above to navigate through the guide, and ask a librarian if you need more resources on a particular topic. Here's to your success!

In Butler's L.W. Nixon Library 378.198 BAI 2012

Things I Wish I Had Known as a Freshman

GO TO CLASS. Class attendance really does correlate with your grade

COMMUNICATION IS KEY - especially when dealing with roommates or professors.

BE ON TIME TO CLASS. Walking in late distracts both the professor and other students. 

DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. 

COLLEGE IS NOT A CONTEST. You don't have to compete with anyone else for your grade. Learn at your own pace and don't feel inferior if you don't understand something the first time around. 

The bureaucracy of higher education is overwhelming. Stay calm, ask questions, be sure you know the name of the person you are talking to. 

SUPPORT SYSTEMS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR SURVIVAL. Make friends. Talk to everyone. 

EXPECT TO FEEL LONELY, FRIGHTENED, AND ISOLATED. But also remember - you are not the only person experiencing these emotions and it all gets better with time. 

READ WHAT YOU ARE GIVEN! Read your mail! 

Don't take policy advice from other students, check with offices on campus. 

JOIN IN ALL THE ACTIVITES YOU CAN. 

DON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY FACULTY AND STAFF. Your tuition dollars pay the salaries of university and college personnel. You are the customer; they work for you; so ask questions. 

YOUR COLLEGE CATALOG IS YOUR BIBLE. You have to open it in order to reap the benefits of what is inside. 

Get a copy of your school's code of ethics (honor code). A simple mistake could cost you your degree. 

MAINTAIN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE, be a good listener, stick to your own convictions, and strive past your dreams. 

 

--- from Columbia Gorge Community College

 

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