Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 343 Make your new college your home If you are living on campus and this is your first time away from home, it’s only natural for you to miss your family, friends, and the comforts of home. Life is a series of transitions and this is a major one. Of course you will want to stay in touch with family and friends via phone, texts, social networking, email, and visits home. Most established students, however, suggest that new students avoid the temptation to text or call home too often, or to go home every weekend. Staying on campus over the weekends speeds up the transition process. It also gives you the op- portunity to socialize, study, and find out what else your college has to offer. Learn the rules and regulations Enrollment at a new college requires learning a new set of policies, rules, and procedures regarding pretty much everything—classes, course registration, financial aid, scholarships, residence life, study abroad, meal plans, campus jobs, parking, wireless and email access, etc. Confusing—yes. Rocket science—no. You just need to spend some time gathering information and learning the ropes. If you thoroughly familiarize yourself with your new school’s regulations and deadlines, you will be at a distinct advantage. Many students make poor educational de- cisions or miss out on valuable opportunities because they didn’t take the time to review their college catalog or website. Expect courses to be tougher Whether it’s because your new college is more academically rigorous, or because you are enrolled in upper division courses, it is likely that you now have more reading, more challenging assignments, and tougher exams. But major and upper division courses should be tough. If you ask alumni which classes they derived the most benefit from, they’ll generally report that they were the ones in which the professors were the most demanding. While major and upper division courses may be tougher, most stu- dents’ grades improve in their junior and senior years. This is because students generally find the topics in upper level courses more interesting. Smaller classes and greater classroom participation also make for a more dynamic and personalized learning environment.