Congratulations! You took a huge step towards being independent. You are finally able to embark on a new journey and further discover your own sense of identity. Before you start this new chapter of your life, let me offer some key tips to have a successful college experience.
Don’t Stress About Your Major
You have so much time to make a decision about what you want to do with your life. I have had FOUR different majors in my time at EMU ( and I’m a sophomore). The best way to find out what you are interested in is to make an attempt to join organizations on campus. Some of my best experiences from this school year took place during my involvement in student organizations.
Don’t Skip Classes
Skipping classes regularly is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in college. Most professors will deduct points from your grade if you miss their class constantly. If your professor does not take attendance on a regular basis but you still decide to skip class, you will miss out on important information all of the time. Don’t waste your own time and money by purposely missing classes.
Treat Your Professors with Respect
Try your best to be attentive in class and have positive interactions with your professors. One day, you may have to come to them for a Letter of Recommendation. Also, if you find yourself struggling in a class, don’t be afraid to visit the professor during their office hours! Some professors tend to explain concepts more elaborately when speaking to an individual rather than a group of students, individual attention from a professor could lead to a better understanding of the content they are teaching.
Cherish Your Friendships & Don’t Be Too Involved
Unfortunately, I lost a dear friend who was the most influential person that I met at EMU. His death was very unexpected of course, but I truly wish that I would have spent more time with him instead of trying to be involved in nearly every organization on campus. Cherish the true friendships that you establish during your time in college. It’s great to be involved, but don’t overdo it to the point where you never see the people that you care about the most. Please do not take them for granted.
I hope these tips have helped and I wish you the best of luck with your college experience!!!
About the writer:
My name is Dominick Brooks and I am a sophomore majoring in Public Relations with a minor in marketing. I am a member of the Go Social Team and I thoroughly enjoy working for the Division of Communications. When I am not working, I love to sing and perform on trumpet. I am the lead male vocalist for the EMU Jazz Ensemble and perform at venues in the Ypsilanti area.