14 Suggestions for Incoming Freshmen

While strolling around the internet (as we all tend to do) we found this list of suggestions for college freshmen from Cornell University English Professor Daniel Schwarz that we wanted to share with you:

1) Keep your career and life goals in mind and remember why you enrolled where you are. After a reasonable amount of time--at least a semester--if you and your academic program are not a good match, think about transferring within the college or to another college.

2) Try to find some campus or community activities that parallel your goals. If you need or want a part-time job, try to get one compatible with your goals as another way to test if you are on the right path. But also use jobs and activities to expand your horizons and interests.

3) Manage your time because time-management is crucial to success. At the outset, keep a chart of how you are using your time. Work on your course work every day but not all day; do something that is fun and relaxing every day.

4) Be sure to get enough exercise and sleep, and be sure to eat regular nutritious meals. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor performance and poor judgment.

5) Remember the three R's: Resilience (Falling down and getting up are one motion.); Resourcefulness (Use your skills and intelligence.); and Resolve (Pursue goals with determination and persistence.).

6) Look at setbacks and problems as challenges to be met and overcome; when you do so successfully, you will be gaining confidence to meet the next challenges

7) Think about your classes as communities of inquiry where you and your fellow students and the professor are sharing intellectual curiosity, love of learning, and the desire to understand important subjects.

8) Get to know one professor reasonably well each term. You will not only have necessary references for programs within college, work positions, and graduate school, but also you will feel part of your college community.

9) Be sure to participate in one or more of the many campus activities, but the first term chose a limited number until you are confident you can handle your course workload.

10) Take advantage of lectures outside courses, special exhibits, campus theatre, musical programs and other campus resources as well as the natural and/or urban treasures of the area in which your college is located.

11) Find a few comfortable and quiet study places on campus, places where you work effectively and are not easily distracted.

12) When you enter a new situation such as the first weeks at college, you might feel somewhat desperate to make friends quickly. But it is important to retain your core values and judgment and to avoid becoming part of a herd or doing things only because others are doing them.

13) Take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Seek help when you need it, no matter what the issue. Know that substance abuse is a problem on campuses, with alcohol being the most abused.

14) Laugh a lot and continue to develop your sense of humor. When things are not going well, remember you can't fix the past. But you can start where you are.

Article originally appeared at The Huffington Post