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Survive First Year of College

Posted by abedjechi on June 7, 2011

After graduating from high school, applied for a specific university and got accepted, you start wondering, what is the next step to be done to be successful in the university as you were in school? Heading to the university with a higher level of education means that you’re heading to whole new different community starting with the professors, students and ending with building and dorms. At the university you will meet and recognize a different generation of students; working students, A-list students, dumb students and the cool ones.

The real question that been facing many high school graduate students is, what can I do to fit directly to these changes? Well, this question had been answered many times but every different answer is only appropriate in the culture or the community you live in. But there are general tips that are applied all over the world that fits in any other country, community and even culture.

There are few tips that can help any freshmen in adapting to the new system at any university:

Before attending

  1. Before going to the university, try to read and understand the history of the university. This helps you in understanding what the university is based on and how it runs.
  2. Try to see the facilities and all the of the university features that interests you. This way when the semester starts, you will have a bright idea about your goals.
  3. If you have any financial issues, reading about the university scholarships and financial aids programs would help you in setting and most probably achieving one of your most important goals.
  4. Try to apply for any financial help before you attend the university, this action will help you in deciding whether you want to attend this university or any other one.

After attending

  1. Try to make new friends, friends are made easily and especially when being a freshmen.  Try to communicate with everyone spontaneously. Friends will help you adapt easily to the new community.
  2. Make a timetable to yourself and try to keep up with it. In the timetable include everything you want to do, sports, studying, hanging out, and attending classes and much more. Try to make your timetable simple but effective.
  3. Explore new facilities and new features in the university. Take a look around; see what fascinates you and what inspires you.
  4. For the first semester, register subjects that interests you, don’t get any subjects, because you are moving from one stage to another so you have to move gradually. Try to register easy subjects that you like. (when your new it’s hard for you to know if the subject is easy or hard, that’s were friends come along; let them help you choose)

These are general tips that are useful and can be done in any culture or community. I hope the information given is useful.

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