Surviving College Like A Pro

Hey everyone! Hope you enjoyed your Hoosier experience at New Student Orientation this past summer and Welcome Week this past week. Now, that we have started the academic year and are basically done with the first week of school, I have a few tips and other advice I would personally like to share with you.

Here is a random picture of me:

These awesome tips are divided into 5 different major categories:

1. Academics

  • Attend class (especially if attendance is part of your final grade)
  • Read course syllabi (this is the document that tells you about assignment due dates)
  • Regularly check your grades (just to make sure your own track to getting all A's)
  • Go to instructor office hours (your professors are good resources to ask for academic help)
  • Get tutoring when needed (don't be afraid of asking for help as it shows you have the initiative to be a successful college student)
  • Participate in class (you learn more in this way and your professor gets to know you better)
  • Utilize weekends to your utmost potential (don't waste all your time on playing video games or going to parties, but strike a balance between academics and socializing)
  • Take fun electives (this gives you a chance to discover a new subject you may like and enjoy)
  • Establish regular study times and locations (essential for college success)
  • Check Oncourse, Onestart, and your IU email frequently (this is how you will communicate with IU officially and offers the student the ability to know about future assignments)
  • Checkout Rate My Professor and the Grade Distribution Database (located on the main webpage of Office of the Registrar's website) to find out more about the classes and professors you will take before you meet them
  • Use to-do lists to plan your weeks and an academic planner to plan your semester
  • Invest wisely in your college summers

2. Professional

  • Please study abroad, participate in an internship, volunteer in the Bloomington community, hold a part-time job, get involved with a campus club, attend career fairs, go to networking events, and start making that polished resume and cover letter now rather than later.

3. Extracurriculars

  • Get involved on-campus wtih campus clubs as studying all the time taxes your brain cells and involvement can reduce your academic stress.
  • Pick clubs you are committed too. Stay involved and attain leadership positions in them. Remember, quality over quantity.
  • For your information, there's an upcoming Student Involvement Fair on August 29th, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dunn Meadow. Over 750+ student organizations will be present in order to recruit those students interested in their respective organzations.

4. Social

  • Dorm roommates should learn to respect each other, communicate with one another, and compromise over issues.
  • Learn your way around campus early because it will help you later on.
  • Always carry your student ID with you at all times and don't lose it
  • Always remember your student ID, IU username & password
  • Never leave your dorm room unattended or valuables unguarded
  • Invest in a good umbrella as T-storms in Bloomington can get real nasty
  • Immerse yourself in new cultures by visiting all the culture centers on-campus
  • Pay attention to your health as without a functional body nothing else can get done

5. Everything else: Final tips

  • Eat regularly
  • Sleep at least 7-8 hours every night
  • Try to exercise at least an hour for 5 days of the week
  • Shower everyday
  • Do your laundry at least every 2-3 weeks
  • Keep track of your wallet or purse
  • Check your bank account for accuracy
  • Use coupons to cut costs while eating out or shopping
  • Remember, it's always good to have some fun too!

Here is a picture of fun for sure!

I am the guy throwing the frisbee with the cool looking PUMA shoes.

Well, those are some of the tips I follow everyday in order to make the most of my college experience here at Indiana University Bloomington! Go Hoosiers! Stay strong throughout this Fall 2012 semester!

About The Author
Kevin KingProud Hoosier Alumni, Warsaw IN, Class of 2015

Hello! I am known as Kevin to many of my fellow peers, friends, and family.

I am a recent college graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, with duel minors in Political Science and International Studies along with a Political & Civic Engagement certificate.

My college life was filled with academics and extracurricular activities, but especially as a senior.  I was heavily involved with the following campus organizations/departments: Residential Programs & ServicesFirst Year Experience, Student Peace Alliance, and the Office of Student Life and Learning. Finally, I was a student blogger for WeAreIU.com for three years.

Fun fact: I have worked Summer New Student Orientation twice as a Program Assistant!

Stay true and have fun Hoosiers!