Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned

12 Aug

Despite your first year being over, there is always more to learn and to know. Here are a few last minute tips for you to make your second year at the U of A even better than your first.

Organization is your best friend.
This is almost a given in any scholastic setting, but keeping your life organized will help you so much. instead of searching for half an hour for those chem notes, you can spend that extra thirty minutes actually studying. It is amazing what a bit of organization can do.

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Sleep is more important than you think.
So many times students will put off sleep so that they can go out, or work on homework, or study, but sleep is a vital ingredient to success in college. You will be amazed what at least a solid six hours of sleep a night will do for you. You’ll be able to pay attention better, and you’ll feel a lot better.

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Keep your end goals in mind.
There will be points throughout your undergraduate life where you will put something off because “you still have two years left”, but those two years will creep up on you faster than you think. There might also be times when you doubt your ability to finish, but just remember you did this for a reason, remember why you wanted to get that degree. Maybe it was for a specific job, maybe you wanted to be the first in your family to graduate college, or maybe you are genuinely passionate about a subject and you wanted to know more about it. Whatever it is, there is a reason you came here and seeing it through to the end is important.

GO TO OFFICE HOURS!!!
I don’t know how many times or in how many ways we can tell you this, but it really is important. For some professors, this is the only time they can get to know their students and help them with the harder points of the class. Too often, professors sit in their offices alone because no one comes in for help. Utilize the tools you are given.

Remember to have fun.
Yes, of course college is about academics and getting good grades, but it is also about becoming an adult, and learning who you are without the influence of family. Don’t get lost under the weight of classes and forget to have fun while you discover yourself.

-Chrissy

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