Your first days on campus will likely be among the most exciting and invigorating of your life. Enjoy them while you can, because the experience will soon take on aspects of drudgery that occasionally threaten to dull your freshman shine. To ensure that you maintain your inspiration, Unemployed Professors has put together a list of ‘what not to do,’ or the most common mistakes made by freshmen. By avoiding these pitfalls, you will smooth out your learning curve and get the most out of what will be a highly challenging, but intensely rewarding four years.
- Missing Class
You were partying late, and missed your first class, yet again. Don’t fool yourself that you are okay because you did the readings. While many professors will claim to follow the textbook, and provide everything you need online, this rarely plays out in class. What if the class you miss involves assigning students to a critical group project due the following week? What if a pop quiz is given? What if the prof elaborates on textbook material or readings in a way that illuminates them for those present? All you need to do to avoid this is to plan ahead.
- Failing to Attend Office Hours, or Connect with Professors
One of the greatest errors freshmen make is based in pride or fear. Too vain to ask for help, or too intimidated by a prof’s status or intellect, students will often avoid profs, to their detriment. Be present at office hours, send emails, and be sure to follow their research interests and attend their non-course related presentations. Developing connections with mentors will go a long way to your academic and professional success.
- Ensure all Degree Prerequisites and Requirements are Met
You failed to secure all the prerequisites for Biology. Once you do, you again overindulge in electives beyond your required allotment. In the end, this results in three extra, unnecessary semesters, which in many cases can seriously damage your chance of attaining a graduate degree and/or harm your professional success. Become familiar with the class and credit requirements, and create a concrete plan for how you will advance through your four years. Follow it precisely.
- Don’t Leap into Commitment
Your dad was a lawyer, and your dad before him. The pressure was on from an early age, and you went with it, rather than listening to your heart. In freshman year, a poetry elective revealed your preference for Shakespearean sonnets, instead of corporate litigation. But you’ve invested a ton of money and time, and going back is sure to involve serious financial sacrifice and backtracking several semesters.
- Taking Care in Spending
After your first semester, much dining out, investing in new fashions, buying countless course-required books, and accessorizing your dorm room, you discover that you’ve blown enough money to fund the entire year. The best plan is to develop a workable budget beforehand, and adjust it reasonably on the fly.
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