Tips For IncomingCollege Students By: A Fellow College Student
BioGreetings future college student! My name is Mike Swormstedt, and I amcurrently a 4th year mechanical engineering student at the University ofCincinnati. From personal experience, I know that making the transitionfrom high school to college is fairly intimidating. I had many questionsand I was unsure if the information I was reading online would apply tome. In creating this Wiki I hope to answer some of the questions you mayhave about engineering and/or college in general by providing tips I foundto be useful. This PowerPoint will cover information that is important forall incoming college students, such as how to meet people, what to bring toschool, how to pick a good class/professor, and how to manage schoolworkwith social life.
How to Meet PeopleMeeting people is important, especially if you do not knowanyone at the same school. Some ways in which you can meetmany people at your school include:• Attend organization meetings and join if interested. Most organizations, and even colleges, will have meetings that first week you are on campus before classes start. Attend any you might be interested in joining.• Go Greek. Joining a fraternity or sorority may not be for everyone, but it can be a good way to meet a lot of people and get involved in school activities. If interested, participate in RUSH week.• Meet students in your major. These are people that you may have classes with all 4 or 5 years of school. Getting to know these people will not only allow you to build friendships, but also provide you with a group of people you can study/do homework with.• Meet people in your dorm/apartment. If anything, go around an introduce yourself to the people you live around.
What to Bring to SchoolWhen moving away to school, the firstquestion that often arises is “What should Ibring?” College is going to be your home awayfrom home, so you want to make sure you haveeverything you need to live comfortably, whileavoiding bringing too much. Most collegefreshmen are required to live in dorms, andthe rooms in dorms are typically small. Acommon 2 person room doesn’t allow formuch more than 2 beds, 2 closets, 2 dressers, 2desks, and a minifridge/microwave combo. Ifyou know where you are going to live, see if itis possible to take a tour before you move in.This will give you a good idea what the spaceavailable is, and how much you can bring. A dorm room similar to the one I had Freshmen year
Essential ItemsSome items I found to bemandatory to have included:• Clothes and hangers • School Supplies (paper, folders,• Shoes pencils, pens, calculator, etc)• Shower shoes • Coat/jacket• Bedding (pillows, sheets, comforter, • Cell phone blankets, etc.) • Medicine (Advil, cold medicine,• Clock/Alarm band aids, etc.)• Desk lamp • Health insurance card• Toiletries (toothbrush, soap, • Power strip shampoo, deodorant, etc.) • Umbrella• Laundry detergent • Paper towels• Snacks • Batteries• Book bag
Optional ItemsItems that are nice to have aroundto make your room feel like home,but are not mandatory include: • More comfortable chair• Laptop (Ethernet cable if internet • Extra drawers isn’t wireless) • Posters• TV • Basic tools (screwdrivers, hammer)• Stereo • Printer• MP3 player + headphones • Office supplies (stapler, hole punch,• Video games paper clips, tape, etc.)• Movies • Kitchenware (plates, cups,• Books silverware)• Personal fan • Personal items that will help make your room feel like home
Additional ItemsHere is a link that includes a list of items studentsshould consider bringing to school. Use it as achecklist! http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/college-success/9763.html
Choosing Good Classes/ProfessorsObviously, the most important partof college is the classes. In mostcases you will be required to takecertain classes for your major, andtherefore will be unable to chose aspecific time/professor if there isonly one opening. This is especiallytrue later in your college careerwhen classes are major specific.There are times, such as choosingelectives, in which you havefreedom to pick a class you wouldlike to take. If there are multipleofferings for a class, you may havethe ability to pick what time and/or A sample course offering listprofessor you want.
Tips for Choosing a Good Class/Professor• Find something that interests you. Universities offer hundreds of classes. Electives are your opportunity to get away from your major if you choose. While you may be tempted to pick an ‘easy A’ class, try to pick a class that you will enjoy, or that will benefit you from a career standpoint.• Use websites such as Rate My Professors. Websites like this allow students that have taken certain classes or had certain professors to share their personal experiences. http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/index.jsp• Talk to upper classmen in your major. Again, there is a good chance that upper classmen in your major have taken the same classes/had the same professors as you. Ask them what to expect and/or how to succeed in a given class.• Sometimes you will get stuck with a poor professor! If this happens and you find yourself struggling, seek help from other students or learning centers.
Managing School with Social LifeTaking class is the reason you go to college, but it is alsoimportant to enjoy your time there. Here are some tips tobe successful in class and enjoy life outside of it:• Get away from schoolwork for a while! Don’t get overwhelmed with schoolwork. Make sure to set aside some time to do things you like such as exercising, playing sports, hanging out with friends, etc.• Manage time wisely, use breaks in between classes to get things done. Getting work done during random breaks will free up time later.• Get most of your homework done before the weekend. Weekends should be a time for fun and relaxation. In order to keep up with your schoolwork and keep weekends free, get homework done during the week when less is going on.
ClosingCollege is a big moment in your life. Follow these tips andyou will have a great time while also being successful.Any links I have posted in the slideshow are available onthe helpful links part of the Wiki. Good luck!
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