Know the tricks of campus!

Know the tricks of campus

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.

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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