1.) LEARN HOW TO DO LAUNDRY. Check out freshmen laundry tips athttp://www.siue.edu/ALESTLE/library/FALL2000/august22/fl.html.
2.) DEVELOP A WISH LIST and send it to your family. They may not want to give you extra money, but they may be willing to send you stamps, quarters (for laundry) and gift certificates. Think about the practical things you might spend money on.
3.) ASK YOUR PARENTS TO SET UP A TOLL-FREE NUMBER. It’s the cheapest way for you (and them) to stay in touch.
4.) SIGN UP FOR CLASSES ASAP. The longer you wait, the more likely some of your choices will be filled. If your school offers multiple orientation sessions, go to the earliest one you can.
5.) GET YOUR READING DONE EARLY. Find out what texts you’ll have to read and start now.
6.) LET YOUR ROOMMATE BRING IT. A lot of stuff gets stolen or damaged in the dorms. If your roommate is willing to supply the TV or stereo, let ‘em.
7.) TAKE A VARIETY OF CLASSES. This is a time to explore many different subjects and specialties. It’s perfectly OK to change your major. Don’t limit your classes to subjects you think will help you get a job.
8.) GET INVOLVED in the university social life by joining some clubs and societies. Don’t just join up and forget about it after Orientation. Clubs and societies provide an excellent opportunity to meet people with the same interests as you.
9.) EXERCISE as much as possible to avoid the “Freshman 15,” referring to the pounds new college students tend to put on from stress and dorm food. Exercise will also give you more energy for studying.
10.) DEVELOP GOOD STUDY HABITS EARLY. Read the article 10 Tips for Studying.
For tips on how to set yourself up for success, check out the Jump Start Leadership Workbooks or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
To read more motivation, check the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Scott Greenberg, Speaker, Author, Leadership Consultant
Providing motivation, skills, team building and leadership training for groups and individuals looking for optimum performance.