How to acclimate to a new college campus after transferring
Financially speaking, it is worth it to spend two years at a community college, and then transfer to a university. Many schools offer a dual program, where you can transition from one school right to the other. Take advantage of this program and if you are still in a 2 year school, make the connections now.
You may think that you will have trouble meeting new friends, but this should not be a problem. Live in a dorm, and you will probably have more friends than you even wanted.
If you are living off campus, you should be familiar with where are living. This is true, especially if it is a new town. Don’t be shocked by a squeaky floor, no working heat, or a roach infested place.
It may be just a tad bit harder to get a good education if your living circumstances are bad. Not impossible, but also not the best option. Check things out, so you know what you are getting into.
Before you get to the college, you may be nervous, which can actually be a normal and healthy emotion. A little bit of anxiety will help you to perform better. Keep a little nervous.
Let’s remember that what is more important than getting friends, will be getting good grades.
One of the major changes you will notice is the teaching styles. If you transfer from a community college to a university you will see a major difference in the academic challenge.
Feel prepared for more work and a higher standard of learning. Be careful to not let your GPA get low. If you feel you need help, get a tutor immediately. Do not wait, because you will get kicked out of school. They do not give you much adjustment time at all, if you can’t perform well, you will get academically dismissed.
Get to know your professors on ratemyprofessor.com but don’t take everything to heart. This website gives you an idea of what to expect, but I know from personal experience, that some teaching styles just do not mesh with certain students.
The statements could be accurate or just an opinion. With a tenured staff, they are likely to not even worry about what the students say after a certain amount of time teaching there. The difference between tenured staff is that their spot is basically reserved, they have invested a lot of time and energy into the university to get where they are.
Your professors, although they may seem like the enemy at times, are there to help you. Take advantage of your academic advisors. They are there to help you also. They can assist you in finding ways to transition more smoothly to the college.
Talk to them when you need help, especially if you are having trouble adjusting to the class. Be honest with yourself, and others. You should never pretend that everything is alright, if it is not. Your academic problems will not go away, if fact they will amplify. It is important to handle your battles early.
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Please make sure that you are not making an over zealous academic decision. You came to succeed, not to fail. If you are leaving another university, make sure this is what you really want. Why are you leaving in the first place?
After you get accepted into a university, you should prepare your academics. Organize your books; make sure you know the campus, where all the buildings are and where to park.
Parking availability on campus can be a major deal, especially if you are a commuter. If you don’t know where to park, you might be in for a rude wake up call or a 2 mile walk.
Get familiar with the campus right away.
When it comes to a university college, you will especially need to discard any habits which cause you to procrastinate. This is the time that you must discipline yourself to get your work done on time. Do not get into the habit of asking for extensions. It will reflect poorly on you in the event that you actually have an emergency, must miss class, or need help from the professor.
Get things done and get them done early. If you have dorm mates, you may need to study in the library.
Get to know where the library is on campus, you will be spending a lot of time there.
If you are put into groups for projects, meet at the library. Do not avoid your groups, embrace the time that you are granted to work with other students, and do it at the library. This is really the beginning of networking. You are developing relationships at all times in college, but you must be willing to embrace these opportunities.
Be a mentor! This is a great opportunity to meet new people. In addition, the best way to learn is to teach others!
You will have many internship opportunities presented to you, embrace them.
Go to all luncheons and get together’s that your major department has. This is a great way to make friends and also to network.
Go to university events. Not only are they fun and a great learning experience, you will meet lots of people and get to know what your school supports and what they are really about.
Another great way to meet new friends, is to ask someone to give you a campus tour who has already been at the college.
On your first day of class, talk to people. A lot of those people have not been in the same class together and just because they go to the same university does not mean that everyone knows each other. I have formed most of my relationships on the first day of class. Don’t be shy! It is not so hard to talk to people.
In college, you can start a conversation with anyone you want who is a complete stranger. This can easily be done by asking the simple question, “What is your major?” I have never met a person who will not answer this question. It opens up a world of topics to continue from there.
Keep in mind, if you are shy, that people love to talk about themselves. Ask questions, and you will earn instant friends.
Congratulations on your decision to continue your education and good luck!