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Breathe deep. Smell it?
Homesickness, it’s in the air. If you’re a parent of a first-year college student, your kid might have caught it. Before helping your kid get through the homesickness, I want to congratulate you on winning. Yes, you won. Do a dance. Celebrate. Your kid misses your cooking, hugs, kisses, conversation, and love. In fact, your child is sick without it. Home is worth getting sick over. Congrats.
The summer has just flown by, and school will be back in session before you know it. You may think that what you do in the beginning of the term isn’t that important, but nothing could be further from the truth! A lot of your future success this year will be determined by how you handle the first few weeks of school. Here are five ways to guarantee that this is the start of an A+ semester:
1. Choose your courses carefully.
Some colleges have what’s known as a “shopping period,” in which students can add and drop courses to their hearts’ content. If you have this opportunity, being a smart shopper can set you up for success. In the first week of school, try sitting in on a number of classes that you’re interested in and qualified for. Getting a sense of the workload and the professor’s teaching style for each class will help you make an informed decision when it comes time to finalize your schedule. By choosing the courses that are best for you, you’ll maximize your GPA at the end of the term.
It is really important to get off to a good start in the first few weeks of college. There is no question that the first semester of the first year is the most critical. Many studies show that this is the time when students are most likely to drop out of college, at least temporarily, if not permanently. It is when many consider transferring (though most don’t).
While there are rules in college, suddenly you are expected to figure things out for yourself. No one makes you do your homework. Assignments are rarely given daily, and it’s unusual to be quizzed on the previous night’s reading. You’re obliged to find help if you need it. There are no curfews or bed checks. No more babysitters!
Incoming freshmen can increase their chances of having a happy landing at college if they attend their first-year orientation program. However, attendance is only half the battle—it is important that students take full advantage of what is offered by these programs. Check out these tips to help you make sure you get the most out of your freshman orientation:
Before You Arrive On Campus
Today being April Fool’s Day, perhaps it is fitting to recall some of the more ingenious contributions to the distinguished tradition of campus pranks.
The Prank That Started It All: The Police Car Hack
On the last day of classes in 1994, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology woke up to an amazing sight: a campus police car resting at the top of the 150-foot Great Dome in the center of the campus, with its flashing lights slowly rotating. By early morning, media helicopters were circling overhead, and word of the prank was spreading around the world.