Survival Tips for A&S Freshmen
Go To Class
That's the least you can do. Would you buy a car and never drive it?
Remember, this is college.
It will be more challenging and demanding than high school. Expect to study more to get what you want. Going to class is the most important thing to do, and you have to be prepared when you get there. A good rule of thumb is to plan about two hours of preparation and study outside of class for every one hour you spend in class.
Remember the grades from the first semester of your freshman year count just as much toward your GPA as those from your last semester.
Yes, classes get harder. Pad your GPA now!
Be true to yourself
Remember, it's OK to change your major or directions. A critical aspect of the college experience is to explore your interests. Don't forget to take a class for your soul.
Ask upper class students which professors they like best.
Write down the names of the professors you think you would like to have for a class.
Keep track of your academic record.
Remember it is your responsibility to know where you stand academically. Get a UK folder and keep important information in it (i.e. transcripts, letters of recommendation, financial aid information).
Take a library tour.
The day you need to do research will come, and just knowing where to find information is a great place to start.
Develop good relationships early with your professors.
When you need letters of recommendation for scholarships, internships, and honorary organizations, those contacts will serve you well.
Be active in asking for help.
Your advisor is an incredible resource. Go to see him/her often - at least a couple of times each semester. Go see your professors, too. Instructors schedule office hours for a reason - to help you. Take advantage of free tutoring services provided byThe Study, Student Government Association, the Residence Hall Association, and college departments.
Investigate opportunities to study abroad.
Spending a semester in Europe (or elsewhere) is easier than you think. (Visit Room 112 Bradley Hall for more information).
Get involved with groups and organizations on campus.
Nothing makes you feel more at home than finding a group that shares your similar interests.
Take care of yourself, eat well, exercise, and get a good night's sleep.
Prioritize your activities. Don't let too many extracurricular activities or too many hours at a job get in the way of your studies. It sounds obvious, and it can happen easier than you think. Develop a regular, yet flexible, schedule for your time. Along with your classes, include studying, extracurricular commitments, work, and (just as importantly) rest and relaxation.
Don't let technology leave you behind.
You can activate an e-mail account at any campus computer lab. A wealth of useful information can be found on the College of Arts & Sciences website. You can find links to virtually every office on campus, including ,nyUK where you can check your grades, the Registrar's office as well as academic departments to check syllabi. Also, join an e-mail listserv specific to your major or interests. It could be a great resource for letting you know what's going on.
Live on campus at least a year.
Residence halls provide a great place to easily make friends, form study groups and connect to campus life.
Remember if you do have unresolved academic issues with a class or professor, an academic ombud is available to assist you.