As I inch closer and closer to graduation, I can’t help but think of the things I wasn’t informed of as a freshman that would have greatly helped me throughout my college career at Eastern Michigan University.
When you dedicate your time and, hopefully, all of your effort to an institution for a long period of time, there are definitely things you should know.
Your professors are your friend. Many are under the impression that their professors are against them from the moment the syllabus is handed out in class. This is not true – everything they are doing is to help and prepare you for the real world. Professors have office hours for a reason, so utilize them for any and all of your needs in your class.
Ask and answer questions and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. Although your professors might not always have the time to work with you one-on-one during class, they are ready and able to clarify anything that’s unclear during class. You’re most likely not the only confused student. Trust me!
Snag and professional and personal mentor. The key to mentors is finding them early. Especially those that are for professional purposes as they usually have a certain number in their head of the number of students they’re willing to take on as mentees. They don’t want to overwhelm themselves and the number is usually just a few.
Mentors are an excellent source of information to help you navigate through the professional world. They help with everything related to what you need to know to be successful. They have experience and you need experience. Get it? They can usually relate to what you’re going through, and can give you great advice.
Your personal mentor can be even more beneficial to you if they attended the same university that you did. They will have tricks and tips to make your college experience a good one. I would advise (for both professional and personal mentors) to picks someone with similar interests as you do. Also, make sure they are reliable and dependable. If you keep the communication between the two of you, prepare yourself for a beautiful and fulfilling mentor-mentee relationship.
The financial aid office is not personal enemy number one. Most people look at the financial aid office as the worst place on campus. They’re known to be slow and not very helpful, but here’s a quick lesson: if you treat them like they’re important to you, they’ll reciprocate.
Try to stay away from smacking your gum, using profanity, or doing anything else that may cause annoyance while visiting financial aid. Let them know you take your business seriously and they’ll be a lot easier to work with.
Check back soon for part two!