Attending the University is a much different experience than you had in high school. In high school, most things you did were planned by those in authority: teachers, principals, and parents. You would get up, do your morning routine and attend class. Someone took role, the bell rang and off you went to the first class of the day. In college, you are responsible for your academic experience. You have to get yourself up, eat breakfast and then go to class. The professor may or may not take role. There are NO bells to send you to the next class, no prompts ……… you have to manage yourself!!!
In high school, people knew your name and may say hello to you in the halls. At college, you are new and there may be significantly more students than in your high school. People may or may not say anything to you. At ESU, you are in control of your own destiny. You are responsible for your own success and failure. University Professors are not pass you if you do not earn a passing grade. The grade you earn is the grade you will get. Remember, the professor has heard about every excuse that has ever been thought or said, so be careful.
Remember to stay in touch with your family! It is easy to call home and talk with your parents about your bad days and unhappy moments, but don’t forget to call home with good news or when problems are solved!
Getting the most from your University Experience, by remembering a few key points:
- College is not just classes and books. The best education comes from meeting people and being involved in college life.
- Accept and appreciate differences. Don’t write a person off based on looks or a poor first impression.
- College is what you choose to make it. If you spend all day in your room or hiding out in the library, you won’t meet many people!
- You are responsible for reading all material you receive from any class. Read, understand, and save items for future reference.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
- Take advantage of the college campus experience. Join a club or organization and go to campus activities.
Be a Success!!!
- Never miss the first day of class! This is when you get the syllabus, meet the professor, hear the expectations for the class, and learn what the course is all about.
- The syllabus is the blueprint for each class. It contains the professor’s name, campus address, e-mail address, and phone number, as well as the expectations and assignemnts for the class.
- Know your professors’ names. Try your best to let your professors know you care about them and their courses!