Old school know how.
You cannot Venmo your tuition bill (yet) and if computer systems are down, it’s back to basics. Learn how to write a check in a pinch.
Snail mail still exists! A hand written thank you note goes a long way. Learn where the addresses go and where to put the stamp!
Addressing your professor with “hey prof” is probably not a good idea. Don’t use slang and if you need to schedule an appointment with them, give them three times you are available to cut down on the back and forth.
Pay attention to the academic calendar.
Spring break, winter break, summer break – deans and advisors are most likely in the office. Do not use your break as an excuse to delay finding out important information or to miss deadlines.
Visit the financial aid office often.
Really understand the process before you take out more loans than what realistically makes sense for you.
Advocate for yourself.
Advisors won’t know about issues until you tell them.
You need a resume, yesterday.
Start keeping record of all the amazing things you have done. You never know when an internship or part-time job will pop-up that matches your skills. Don’t waste time having to create a resume from scratch. It’s much better to add to it as you go.
Grades aren’t given, they’re earned.
Professors won’t hold your hand through the content so if you have questions, ask! Go to office hours, get a tutor, start a study group with people who are getting the highest grades. And yes go to class. While you may not have to go to class, you must go to class if you want to pass.
Check your email.
In the age of Snap Chat and Instagram, there is still information important enough to be communicated by email.
Get to know your professors.
If they don’t even know your name, how do you expect them to give you extra credit when you (inevitably) ask for it?
Politeness goes a long way.
Say hi before you come in asking/demanding what you need.
Find a place on campus
Find a place (not your room if you are a resident) that helps you feel productive, go there often to get work done.
Save the number to campus safety in your phone.
If you see something or something happens to you, time is of the essence.
When in doubt, respond with positivity.
It can change your mood and perception of a situation.
Invite your parents to campus and introduce them to us.
We love to brag when you’ve done a good job.
Pay attention to deadlines
For example, the school’s insurance deadline or when you should leave the residence hall on breaks. Could save major $$$.
A nice home cooked meal is always good.
Try to have dinner with family in person (or virtually if you are out of state) at least once per week.
Read this freshman success book for tips about academics, staying healthy and getting involved on campus.