How to have the best college experience

Christy Graham graduated from Ashford University with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. Christy earned her degree during her five years of service in the Army, where she wrote intelligence reports and organizational newsletters. Currently, Christy is working as a freelance reporter while attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas for a graduate degree in Experimental Psychology.

Top rated schools, outstanding grade-point averages and stellar test scores are all incredible starting points to begin a fantastic education, which will prepare you for the workforce. Problems arise, however, when the price tags for tuition at the best colleges are taken into account. Not everyone can afford to attend our nation’s best universities, but that does not necessitate a bleak future. Absorbing all the benefits that any school can offer is the ticket to being an attractive candidate for any job position; more importantly, enjoying your experience at any four-year institution.
First things first, do not assume you have to finish your general education requirements at an expensive university. Local community colleges offer the same courses, but for a lower price. Many community colleges and four-year universities have written transfer agreements, so that the student is able to transfer all or most of their credit hours between the schools.
While attending any community college or university join relevant clubs that pertain to your future goals. If you are a psychology major, then join a psychology club. Often, graduate students run these clubs, so they can be a generous source of information about your academic years to come and future employment opportunities. Part of growing up and joining the workforce is accepting the fact that networking is essential – begin to harness these skills now.
If you find yourself in a class with a less enthused professor, then use whatever reading or study materials that are required for the class. What do I mean? Read, read, read, and then read some more. More often than people realize, professors will begin to spark up when they notice that their students are prepared for class and are yearning for knowledge. Reading the material, whether it is assigned to you or not, can be a great avenue for conversation starters and debates in the classroom. Not only will the professor be impressed and inspired, which leads to better teaching, but you will be gaining extra knowledge. Most important, you will be practicing a sought after attribute for the job hunt later in life – the ability to take initiative and be prepared for any task!
Study habits are obviously a vital requirement to a successful college career. Sadly, many fresh college students are unaware of their unique studying necessities. Everyone learns differently; therefore, everyone should have different study practices. Work with different techniques until you find the method that suits you best. Keep in mind, the best study habits are never the easiest. Usually, the more painstaking, hour consuming and nearly labor intensive methods work the best. Always do your reading, use flash cards to study on the go and rework math or word problems multiple times until it is almost second nature. Just doing assigned work from the teacher is not going to be enough – this is intended to familiarize the student with the material. Go the extra mile and find similar problems in your textbook, which you probably paid a fortune for anyway (might as well get the full worth of that textbook).
Lastly, learn to get yourself excited about what you are learning and begin to find other credible sources for information. The internet can be a scary domain, full of information that can be right on point or off by a few miles. Ask your professor what other books, websites or videos will supplement the information from the required reading and lectures.

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