Do upperclassmen have tricks to success? YES!
Starting off in higher education can be difficult. It was difficult for me when I sent my oldest off to school to the other side of the country. Preparing her to leave was a feat! An Olympian feat! Packing. Purchasing. Clearing out her home bedroom. Preparing her schedule at school. Organizing financial aid. Learning about housing. I soon felt like my lists were making lists of their own! My planner bulged with tasks and I kept shoving more into it! I was overwhelmed, but I learned some vital tips to help my daughter succeed at school.
Tips of the upperclassman -to do in the first days on campus:
- Know where essential offices are.
- Financial aid, Bursar, Registrar, Dean of Students, Academic Advising, Career Center, Health Center
- Know library and computer lab locations.
- Find classrooms before classes start.
- Buy books early.
- Talk to upper class men -ask them for their best tips and advice.
- Be prepared for a lifestyle change.
- Know department leads -undergraduate head, dean, department head, academic advisor, etc.
- Get off campus and see what is in the surrounding community.
- Go to your professors’ office hours and meet them.
By Tracy Harrington-Atkinson
Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, a master’s in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. She has published several titles, including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.