Dear College Freshman,
I welcome you to your freshman year at the University of Hartford. I will be your support system voice bringing you advice on “How to Survive your Freshman Year” This is a new and exciting venture you will undertake to reach your educational ladder of success. I will be providing you survival tips in many different areas of college life. Lets begin: my letter will be divided into various categories, topics that will benefit you as you begin your life as a college student.
The first category will be “Effective Study Habits “the second category will be Decision Making” and the third will be “Coping while leaving your Family”
Let me begin. College life is a huge step into adulthood. You are embarking on an endeavor that perhaps will change who you are. In this respect, I mean you will become more responsible for yourself than ever before. You will have to take ownership on making many adult decisions that will impact you forever.
Setting Clear Goals –Decide along with your academic counselor if you are taking required classes, or are you taking them because you have a desire to learn about the topic. After you have your schedule, be an active participant in the class, show the professor, you are eager to learn and participate at each session.. Along with that seek a professional relationship with the professor. Each professor has office hours, utilize this time to go and discuss your progress in each class. Set your mind to master the material, don’t think of the class as a credit class, shift your mind to think, I’m gaining knowledge. Your presentation to professors is of most importance, as one never knows, when you need a letter of recommendation from them.
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Spend time if possible, after every class reviewing your notes. By doing this, it allows you to remember the information while fresh in your mind. Keep in mind that the assignments given in every class, is crucial for you to complete. With every assignment or homework not done, it affects your grade and you’re A status starts to decline. Invest time on a daily basis, (of course after a little relaxation) investing in homework for each class that day. Even if an assignment wasn’t given by the professor, it is your responsibility to read your text for that class, look for the pages in the text that correlate with the professor’s lecture for that day.
Set a goal to allocate study time for each class. This entails getting an early start to your day. (Along with a strong cup of coffee) Review what classes you have for that day, and in between your break time, you will find yourself at the library. At this location you can do one of two things. You can re-read your notes from previous lectures, or Look at the syllabus and be proactive in reading beforehand the allocated subject designated for that day. With this study habit, you will be more than prepared to participate in the days lecture, as you are using class participation as a tool for achieving that A grade.
The last classification of my letter to you is “Coping while leaving your family”. You wake up after moving in the night before, and you are all alone. Mom and Dad have left the campus, and you need someone to talk to. Believe me they are missing you, just as much as you are missing them. The final portion of my letter will be perhaps emotional or perhaps not, depending on how close your family ties are.
The first thing is be sure that you have free mobile to mobile minutes with your mom or dad, but there must be one. They are going to be the shoulder to cry on as you struggle your freshman year. I suggest you reach out to dad, mom is still crying. Just by the assurance, that you can call for their kind words, words of wisdom, reality, and much needed advice is the biggest steppingstone to freshman year.
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The loneliness’ is going to feel very real, and just to know that they are a phone call away will help you to get through. Pictures hung around will be a constant reminder that they are always there with you. Don’t just limit your connections to mom and dad, allow grandparents to be that extra voice that you will need to hear. There will be times, when the decision-making process that I mentioned on page two will not be enough for you; you may need to call a family member for advice and guidance.
Let the record show that you are now an adult, and of course you want to be treated as such: parents respect that: Also let the record show, that you make decisions, and not inquire advice from anyone, however be prepared to live and accept the consequences.
Your family is one of love, support, and sacrifice. They want you to be happy. You should never feel alone. On a daily basis, it’s important that you hear there voice, and they hear yours. Just hearing that you are happy, enables them to know you are safe and doing well.
Choose an item from your house that reminds you of “home sweet home”. An object, when held and touched brings a smile to your face. It allows you to remember a family dinner with grandma. Engage yourself with extracurricular activities, so you don’t engage yourself in loneliness. College is a wonderful experience, don’t ponder too much in missing family, because in a moment’s time, you will see them soon. Enjoy your freshman year…