College Tips

My name is Cari Miller and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Broward College in May 2013 with a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management.

After taking Advance Placement (AP) classes my senior year of high school, I thought I knew what college would be like when I started. It did not take long for me to realize that I was wrong. The AP classes I took, believe it or not, were so much harder than the average college class. This does not mean that the college classes were not hard, but in my experience, I was expecting my college courses to be similar to the AP courses I took. Here are some tips that will help you get your college experience started on the right track.
First off, be prepared to become overwhelmed! It will be inevitable your first year of college and any time you start something new and different. When you are signing up for your first set of classes it may sound like a great idea to take more than the minimum to be considered full time (often four classes) but don’t do it! Take the four classes, or less if your part-time, so you can get a taste as to what college courses will be like. If you feel that you can handle more then consider taking additional classes the next semester. You do not want to psych yourself out right away and even thought I said being overwhelmed is inevitable, this does not mean you should purposefully ask for it.
It was not until after my first semester started that someone told me about this amazing website called Ratemyprofessor.com. This website will become your go to before you sign up for any classes! It gives you insight from other students about the professors teaching at your school. Students can rate their professor’s helpfulness, clarity, easiness, and even hotness (even though this shouldn’t really be considered when you are looking for a professor to take). You can also read comments other students wrote. The comments range from students writing if they liked the professor, giving hints as to how to pass the class, whether extra credit is available, etc. It is a great way to get an idea of what your class will be like. In addition, students can write what course they had with the professor, which is helpful because sometimes the professor’s teaching style can be different depending on the course they are teaching. Do not pass up this great opportunity that can be so helpful and it is free to use the website. So why not?
Do not feel pressured to make a decision about your major before you start college. If you know what you want to do and what major you wish to pursue that is great, but not required. I changed my associate’s degree to Liberal Arts after changing it at least two or three times and this is okay. I did not decide on my major until my last semester before I received my Associates degree. While this time crunched me on applying for the bachelors program, it was still doable. We are young and we are meant to change our minds often.

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