1. Being undecided about your major is okay. College is the time for you to explore and develop your interests. Take a variety of classes in areas that appeal to you.
2. Form relationships with your professors. A good way to do this is to go to office hours. Professors can be great academic and personal mentors, and they are often more than willing to speak with students! Ask questions sooner rather than later if you are confused in classes. Professors are there to help you.
3. Participate in your classes! It’s tough, but participation keeps you focused and engaged, and will improve your learning experience. Reach out to peers in your classes. Create group chats and study groups. Meet new people, even virtually.
4. Make a daily schedule! It’s very easy to procrastinate doing work and studying, which harms you as a student in the long run. Try using google calendar to schedule times for classes, studying, extracurriculars, and fun. Be responsible, and hold yourself accountable.
5. Balance your schedule and form good time management skills. A healthy balance between studying, sleep, socialization, and extracurriculars is conducive to success.
6. Study and take classes in an environment with minimal distractions. Create a study space with all the school supplies and separate this space from your bed. Having different spaces for studying and relaxation allows you to focus better!
7. Ask for help. Don’t wait. Utilize your advisors, friends, peers, and the Waterbury Promise Team if you are struggling, have questions, or even just want to check in. There are people here for you and want to see you succeed.
8. Explore opportunities to engage in your academic interests outside the classroom. This includes things like helping professors with their research, joining an investment club, or writing for the school paper. Be creative and see what your school has to offer.
9. Check out job and internship opportunities on your school’s website. Your school’s career office has many resources for you to take advantage of and explore.
10. College can be stressful! Do fun things outside of class: go see a movie, join an intramural team, or go to events your school is hosting. Make sure to take the time to take care of your mental health. This will translate into academic success.
11. Take breaks. Schedule breaks into your days and study sessions. Looking at a computer screen for hours on end is tough. If you get headaches, try ordering blue light glasses. On Amazon they have great options for about $20. 12. Call your family and friends, and make time for self-care. Engage in the things that you enjoy: extracurriculars, hobbies, exercise, etc... Taking care of your mental health makes you a happier and better student.
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