Are you ready to enroll in college? Preparing for college can feel like a daunting task, especially if you’re going to school far from home. While intimidating, earning a college degree can put you on the path to reaching your career goals. Here are several ways to prepare for this important learning experience for a meaningful education.
Tour the Campus
If you have just taken the virtual tour so far, explore the campus grounds in person to check out the classrooms, library, dining hall, and student center. Learn where all the main administrative offices are, such as registration and the bursar. Although much of that work can be managed online, it is a good idea to find out where key places are located in case you want to meet with someone to discuss an issue.
It’s also helpful to find your major’s department offices and any other important places. You’ll always want to take note of where your academic advisor’s office is, as well. For example, if you’re going to study music, it’s a great idea to find the fine arts offices, ensemble rooms, and practice rooms. Science majors will want to find their labs and classrooms.
Contact the Instructors
When you begin to select classes, check out their description in the college bulletin or schedule of classes. Look at online course samples if available. Email the instructors or ask to meet with them briefly to discuss your questions about the class they will be teaching.
Instructors appreciate students who are curious and want to do well, and they will be happy to answer your questions about the material to be covered and class assignments. You can also usually just show up at their office when they have office hours.
A lot of professors decorate their offices to make it easier to start conversations. If you go to your Spanish professor’s office and see travel pictures or interesting decorations, you can ask about them. All of a sudden, you’re having a real conversation with your professor about more than how you did on that quiz. If you’ve made an effort to get to know your instructors outside of class, they’re more likely to help you if you need it later.
Meet with Student Support Services
Visit the student support services to learn more about how they work. For example, does the financial aid office allow you to complete all applications online, or will you need to come in for an appointment? Check out the library resources that are available for course assignments, including interlibrary loans and various media.
You may want to stop by the tutoring center to find out what type of assistance is offered and the hours they are open in case you need help with course assignments. Knowing where these places can be found and meeting people in charge will make you more comfortable in seeking help if needed during the semester.
Understand What’s Expected of You
Colleges and universities with religious affiliations, like a private Baptist university, often have certain standards of living that their students must adhere to. There are numerous benefits to attending such a university, such as a cleaner and safer atmosphere. They also provide a community of like-minded students, professors, and administrators that can help their students feel more supported and connected with their school.
Ask About Extracurricular Activities
Talk to a Student Services adviser or student representative about extracurricular clubs and organizations, such as sports and language clubs. Campus-wide events like Homecoming and Spring Break trips can also be discussed for ideas about fun things to do to socialize with other students.
Get familiar with the college where you plan to take classes. The more you know ahead of time, the better prepared you will be when the semester begins.
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