Spring2010-SLS1103-Strategies/success-324378</li></ul>The Start of a New Beginning: Understanding How to have a Successful College Career <br />Table of Contents<br /><ul><li>Who and Where; Where to go for answers to your academic career questions
Who and Where; Where to go for answers to your academic career.
Starting college can be a very frightening experience. Whether you are fresh out of high school or someone returning after 10 years, it can be very intimidating. So you might ask yourself, “Where do I begin?” The best place to start would be your college’s academic advising department.
Usually, you can make an appointment with a counselor in this department to make a game plan. During this appointment you can expect the following;
Where different resources are located throughout the school</li></ul> This will get you started. After this appointment a lot of your questions should be answered. This department should always be your “go to” place when you have questions pertaining to your future education. This is your education; it is what you make it. Just remember there are people out there to answer your questions.<br /><ul><li>lefttopTick tock; the secret to time management
According to Kelci Lynn from about.com there are eight critical tips that will make time management more successful while in college.
Have a calendar. It is very important to know what is due, when it is due and what other life obligations are going to come your way.
Make sure that you keep your calendar with you and that everything is written down in one place.
Make sure that you make time for you. If you over schedule, there is a bigger chance of “burn out”.
Try different kinds of time keepers; paper calendars, phones, outlook ect.
Plan ahead. Don’t wait till the last minute. If you know that you have a paper due in two weeks work at it a little at a time, instead of all in one sitting.
Leave room for flexibility. Know that things will pop up and that you will want to enjoy life while getting an education.
PLAN FOR THE UNEXPECTED. You never know what is going to happen. You could get sick, there could be a family death, and you could have to work overtime. Allow time for all of your subjects. Do not bunch all work together right at the deadline.
Schedule in rewards. If you have a week of exams make sure that you reward yourself for a job well done. This does not have to cost money. It can be a walk on the beach, alone time with a good book, or even a nap.
There are many time management resources on the internet. You might also want to ask a successful graduate what helped him/her succeed.
What do I want to be when I grow up?</li></ul>This could be one of the most frustrating parts of going to college. Fortunately there are many resources out there to help you figure out some options. Some things to think about while you are researching would be what interests do you have? Do you like to work with people? Do you like to work as part of a team, or alone? <br />There are many assessment tests on line as well as student success department at your college. One wonderful resource for how to choose your career is the Holland model. This was John Holland’s theory of how to choose a career. This has been highly researched and is used widely throughout many schools as well as work resource workshops. According to this theory there are six personality types; realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional. To give yourself an assessment you may try the following free website: http://www.onetcenter.org/IP.html.<br />How to avoid common pitfalls <br />While being so overwhelmed with making these life changing decisions, keep in mind what threats to your education are out there. Try to surround yourself with people that have the same ambitions as you. Outside temptations often threaten success in school. Various students have given the following advice;<br /><ul><li>Don’t fall behind. Once you are behind, it is hard to catch up.
Do not give yourself an unreasonable workload.
Don’t give up!</li></ul>How do I pay for this?<br />The majority of all college campuses have a financial aid office. There are deadlines for scholarships as well as the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid). When looking for funding, check and see if your employer has tuition reimbursement. This is free money! <br />You can enter your FAFSA free online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Follow the following when filling this out.<br /><ul><li>Have your social security number as well as dependents.
Have last years’ tax return. This could be yours as well as your parents, depending on your status.
Print your signature page.</li></ul> Remember to use the counselors in the financial aid office. They are there to help you. You cannot do this on your own and nobody expects you to. <br />Sources:<br />The Digital and Technology Revolution:Bridging the Gap Between Minority-serving Institutions & Technology<br />Summer 2005<br />http://www.albany.edu/~da4506/isp523/problems.html<br />Picture of clock<br />http://www.tarjumaindia.com%2Fimages%2FsandClock1.jpg<br />Picture of cap and books<br />http://www.uni.edu/indtech/mastersmain.htm<br />About.com 8 Time Management Skills for College Students 2008 http://collegelife.about.com/od/academiclife/a/timemanagement.htm<br />Time-Management-Guide.com<br />http://www.time-management-guide.com/<br />Picture of kids<br />www.danheller.com/kids.html <br />College Board inspiring minds<br />www.collegeboard.com/html/careerbrowser.html <br />The career Key. Lawrence K. Jones Ph.D.,NCC 1987-2009<br />http://www.careerkey.org/asp/your_personality/hollands_theory_of_career_choice.asp<br />O *NET RESOURCE CENTER<br />http://www.onetcenter.org/IP.html<br />Picture of Van<br />http://www.insurancefraud.org/images/vanCliff.jpg<br />Sallie Mae – College Answer- The Planning for College Destination 2000-2010<br />http://www.collegeanswer.com/preparing/content/prep_college_advice.jsp<br />R. Rambo Advice for College Students: Encouragement 2009<br />http://www2.ivcc.edu/rambo/advice2.htm<br />College Experience.net Real unfiltered advice 2009<br />http://collegexperience.net/<br />Campus Grotto 2006-2010<br />http://www.campusgrotto.com/college-advice-100-tips-for-survival.html<br />Federal Student Aid Website March 28, 2010<br />http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/<br />