To text or not to text

While texting during movies has gained some sort of grudging acceptance, texting during lectures defiantly remains a no-no.  There is nothing worse than having your cell phone confiscated by the professor because s/he caught you texting – and nothing more elementary school either!  So don’t text…You can wait that 50 minutes before responding.

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Check E-Mail On A Regular Basis

Checking your university email account on a daily basis is something you should do involuntary. Kind of like how your body blinks, breathes and beats the heart, you should be checking your email. Your University email account is the official form of communication between you and your adviser, faculty, and instructors. Everybody that is a student or that works for university will have an email account created.

Contacting your adviser is important and nothing is quicker then by email. BUT most universities require advisers to contact their students only through their university email. With so much personal information available to the university, it is important that the advisers can trust who will be viewing the information. You don’t want others to see your grades, personal information, or any notes or conversations that you have while meeting with advisers.

If you ever want to reach your professor, you can search for their university email accounts or locate it on their class syllabus. Most instructors are very good at promptly responding to students’ questions or concerns. Although there are some cases where instructors are so old that they don’t bother learning or don’t trust the technology. They will retire soon and THEN all instructors will be using email.

You can also locate your peers through their university email accounts. If they are like you, they should also be checking in on a daily basis. It can be advantageous to locate students in your class and set up group projects or study sessions. By doing it through email is a more professional approach rather than awkwardly asking them to be friends through Facebook.

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Get Acquainted With Campus

College campuses are so big that it is important to know what’s going on around you. Take a day before classes start to “map out” your schedule. Visit the buildings. Find your classrooms. This will make your journey to class a lot simpler and will relieve stress knowing that you are to your classes on time.  As the school year moves along, you will find shortcuts and alternative routes that may make your destination smoother and quicker.

The University of Minnesota is an example of a huge campus, in fact there are three. The Mississippi River divides the East and West bank campuses while the St. Paul campus is a short 10 minute bus ride away. It is easy to get lost on campuses especially when people call different sections of campus other names. Such examples include Knoll Area, The Mall, Church Street, Athletic Area, Health Area, and CSOM Area. All schools have a map of their campus and usually a building search as well. Using this tool will help you navigate to your desired destination.

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Welcome

Welcome to firstyearstudents.com, a guide for college freshmen as they enter what is known as higher education! College can be stressful, confusing, haunting, awesome, challenging, demanding, knowledgeable and costly. This site will have new posts for you to check out on tips and strategies to having a successful first year.

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