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					College Survival Guide

          Tips for a smooth
          transition to college!

   With many less hours of class, so many things to do, and little
    adult supervision, being able to manage your own time is
   Get a planner and make yourself a weekly calendar
   Try to fight the existential angst that thrives on college campuses
                     Vladimir: "Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us
                     do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day
                     that we are needed.….In an instant all will vanish and we'll
                                be alone once more, in the midst of

                               Estragon: “Nothing to be done.”
Schedule: Classes (15 hrs)

Time    Sun     Mon       Tues        Wed       Thurs       Fri     Sat
10:00         ENGL 100   PSYC 100   ENGL100    PSYC100   ENGL 100

11:00         MATH 020              MATH 020             MATH 020

1:00          HIST130    ARTH 105   HIST130              HIST130

Schedule: Classes (15 hrs) and
       Work (20 hrs)
Time    Sun      Mon       Tues       Wed       Thurs      Fri      Sat
9:00                                                                work
10:00          ENGL 100   PSYC100   ENGL100    PSYC100   ENGL 100

11:00          MATH 020             MATH 020             MATH 020

12:00   work
1:00           HIST130    ARTH105   HIST130              HIST130

5:00                                  work

Time    Sun       Mon       Tues       Wed      Thurs       Fri     Sat
9:00                                                                work
10:00           ENG 111   PSY 100    ENG111    PSY 100    ENG 111
11:00           MAT 020              MAT 020              MAT 020
12:00   work
1:00            HIST130   ARTH 105   HIST130    study    HIST130

2:00              study               study                study
5:00                                   work
6:00                        study               study
7:00    study     study
Schedule with all commitments

Time    Sun        Mon         Tues        Wed         Thurs        Fri        Sat
8:00             work out    work out    work out     work out    work out   breakfast
9:00             breakfast   breakfast   breakfast   breakfast   breakfast     work
10:00            ENGL 100    PSYC100     ENGL100     PSYC100     ENGL 100

11:00   lunch    MATH 020                MATH 020                MATH 020

12:00   work       lunch      lunch        lunch       lunch       lunch
1:00             HIST130     ARTH 105    HIST130       study     HIST130

2:00               study                   study                   study
5:00                          dinner      dinner       dinner      dinner
6:00    dinner    dinner      study        work        study                  dinner
7:00    study      study
Study Skills
    Prior to an exam, some professors will provide a vague study guide
    outlining key concepts. If so, make sure to cover all of these areas
    when you study!

   Make a Study Guide
     –   Go through your textbook, notes and any other course materials and write
         down information you think will be on the test. Reading through and
         writing down the information will be a good refresher.
     –   Once it’s created, you will likely find it easier to study through one format
         rather than constantly sifting through various materials.

   Make Flash Cards
     –   Flashcards are helpful tools in remembering vocabulary, formulas, and
         key concepts. They are also easy to carry with you so you can study
         anytime and anywhere.

   Quiz Yourself
     –   Create and take a mock quiz with questions you think will be on the exam.
Study Skills (continued)
   Take (short) Breaks
     –   Short breaks allow your brain to process and retain the information.

   Find a Study Buddy (or two)
     –   Studying with other people allows you to ask questions and get
         clarifications on concepts you are having a hard time understanding.
     –   Just remember that you are studying and not just hanging out.

   Don’t Leave it for the Weekend
     –   If you leave all of your studying for the weekend, you won’t have the
         chance to enjoy the free time OR you may find that you put studying on
         the back burner and don’t get to it at all.

   Find a Place That’s Comfortable for YOU
     –   Whether it be your dorm room, the library, or a local coffee shop, find a
         space that is comfortable for you to study. Experiment with different
         locations your first few months at college to get a feel for what works.
College Checklist
   Textbooks
    –   Ordering books online (new or used) in advance will often save you a
        substantial amount of money. Also, it is helpful to have the books the first
        week of classes because most professors will assign reading after the
        first day of class.
    –   Another option is purchasing books right at your college bookstore. They
        usually have a large selection of used books (which are cheaper);
        however, they are often the first books off the shelf so do not wait if you
        choose to take this route.

   Dorm Room
    –   This summer, search the internet for “College Checklists” that outline
        items you will need to pack for college (i.e. bath towels, bed sheets,
        laundry basket, desk lamp, etc).
    –   Check off items as you purchase and/or pack them.
What’s this Roommate

   Roommate Questionnaire
     –   Be honest when filling out the roommate questionnaire since this will
         determine who you live with your freshman year of college.
     –   It will ask questions about your study habits, how tidy you keep our room,
         how you feel about guests, whether or not you smoke, and so forth.

   Create an Agreement
     –   Establish an agreement regarding expectations early on to avoid disputes.

   Residential Advisors (RA)
     –   RA’s are upperclassmen who live in your dorm and are trained to deal with
         a wide variety of situations, including roommate conflicts. If you and your
         roommate are having a difficult time getting along, seek out your RA.
Meeting New People
   Participate in Orientation Activities
     –   The more orientation activities you participate in, the more people you will
     –   You will be creating your first college memories at these activities!
     –   Introduce yourself to EVERYONE! A majority of the people here won’t
         know each other. This is one of the only times you can introduce yourself
         to so many people in a natural way so take advantage of it!

   Get to Class Early
     –   Getting to class early gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself to
         another student or two while you wait for class to begin.

   Join Clubs and Organizations
     –   This will help you make a lot of new friends very quickly. Best of all, this
         group of students will have at least one common interest as you.
     –   Community college students who get involved are 75% more likely to
         complete their degree!
   If You Are a Commuter
     –   Ask other commuters to carpool with you to campus.
    Wellness and Safety
   Physical

    –   Avoid the “Freshman 15” by keeping a
        regular meal schedule, treating yourself
        to fries, pizza, and ice cream only on
        specific days of the week, and keeping
        healthy snacks in your room.

    –   Most campuses have gyms with cardio,       Try to avoid this.
        weights, pools, tracks, etc – schedule
        regular visits, join an intramural team,
        such as Ultimate or Quidditch, or join a
        club that does outdoor activities such
        as hiking and canoeing.

    –   Get enough sleep! It is a small change
        with a huge impact
Wellness & Safety, Cont.
   Mental/Emotional

    –   Find personal time and space – it’s tough to find alone time on
        campus. Set guidelines with your roommate, pick a library cubicle
        you like, or get breakfast alone a couple times a week.

    –   Get engaged! Students who are busy tend to be happier and have
        more friends. At community college, you are 75% more likely to
        graduate if you participate in a club or activity!

    –   Some homesickness, loneliness, and social stress is natural
        during this transition; try to stick it out on campus and avoid
        going home during your first few months – it can exacerbate all of
        these feelings

    –   If you are very stressed out or unhappy, reach out to adults you
        trust – academic advisors, professors, your dean, etc.
        All colleges offer some type of professional counseling service for
        students, although costs vary.
Health & Wellness, Cont.

   Sexual Health & Safety
     –   If you choose to be sexually active, always practice safe sex; 1 in 4
         teenagers has an STD

     –   Many colleges offer free contraception, STD testing, and other services
         at their Health Center

     –   1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted by the age of 26, usually by
         someone they know. Have a buddy system at parties, and avoid walking
         home alone at night. Store the numbers for Security and the Police
Health & Wellness, Cont.

Alcohol & Drugs
–   Again, use the buddy system; make sure your friends
    are safe at the end of the night. IT”S WORTH
                                                               Aim for
–   Understand the effects of alcohol, how it changes in       Audrey,
    combination with other drugs such as marijuana,            not
    caffeine, and prescription meds, and know the
    symptoms of alcohol poisoning

–   Remember that even though underage drinking and
    drug use are prevalent on campuses, they are still
    illegal for most students. Colleges will put students on
    social probation, and any conviction is grounds to
    lose all financial aid
Money Tips                                                                  Stay away from the
                                                                            debt collectors

   Make a budget
    –   For the rest of your life, you should use a budget to manage your money. A budget
        operates on the simple premise that your total expenses not exceed your total
        income. Download the personal budget template from the Guidance website to use
        throughout your young adulthood.

   Education Expenses
    –   Make a comparison sheet for Aid packages, as discussed earlier. Consider additional
        costs, such as housing and food if living off-campus, travel, and one-time purchases
        such as a laptop, dorm furnishings, parking permit, club fees, etc.

   Personal Expenses
    –   On a residential campus, you won’t have too many day-to-day expenses because
        they will be included in your annual college costs, making it a little easier to budget
        your money.
    –   As a commuter, you have more day-to-day costs, such as gas, food, etc.
    –   Put aside a set amount of work study money that you can use for personal spending
        and entertainment. This is money to use for visiting friends, spring break trip, etc.
Sample Budget

                               Total Annual       Parent         Student
                               Cost (After loans) Contribution   Contribution
Tuition/Room & Board               $8,500           $6,000          $2,500

Other Education Costs              $1,200                           $1,200
(books, dorm stuff, club
Other Monthly Expenses             $1,500                           $1,500
(cell phone, car, insurance)

Income                             $5,500                           $5,500
(Summer Job & Work Study)

Expendable Income                                                    $300
(for savings, entertainment,
travel, all other costs)

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