TIPS FOR INCOMING STUDENT IN USA

first yr

THINK OF THE LONG GAME
If you can, double major. Do one that is practical and likely to get you a job (engineering, computer science, etc.) for the security and so your debt is slightly less crippling, and one that is for discovery and self-improvement. — Aaron Dunbrack, University of Massachusetts, Amherst,

CHOOSE CLASSES WISELY
Don’t be afraid to drop or change classes if needed. Sometimes, the class just doesn’t end up fitting what you want, the teacher’s style of teaching isn’t right for you, or you’ve overloaded on too many difficult classes. If taking two 400-levels and three 300-levels ends up being too much, it’ll be better for your health (and G.P.A.) to drop one and take it in a different semester. — Larissa R. Dillon, The College of New Jersey,

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
If you don’t exercise, start now, before you go to classes. It will help you concentrate and be a stress relief as well. Once classes start, it’s harder to get that routine going since the course load will be a shock, and you will feel compelled to focus on this instead. — Tamiko Lagerwaard, Calgary, Alberta

LOOK BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Get to know your roommates. They can be your best friends or your worst enemies. Try to resolve conflicts instead of creating drama surrounding them. And go to class and socialize with classmates and your professors. You never know when that winter flu will have you out and you need help from all of these people. — Alicia Smith, James Madison University,

 

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