14 Things to Know Before Starting College

college-student-lifeIn this sharing world of digital era technologies (which I love) it is easier than ever to read truly insightful articles and essays.  I was alerted to one such article in today’s barrage of social media alerts.

Vivian Giang of Business Insider has written today’s gem in “14 Things High Schoolers Should Know Before They Go To College.”  I didn’t know these things when I attended a local university 45 years ago.  I wish I had.  These 14 nuggets ring true based on my experience as a professor.  Each one of these is important.  Please read the article, but here is my summary.

  1. You don’t have to start college right away.  It is OK to wait a year or two.
  2. Your professors aren’t your parents. They are there to teach you, not to lecture you on life lessons.
  3. Being cool in high school doesn’t mean you will be cool in college, and vice versa.
  4. Go to networking events. Learning how to meet, interact with and establish relationships with new people is one of life’s most important skills.
  5. Invest in your professors. They can be much more than talking heads. Some are worth establishing a relationship with.
  6. Get an internship. It gives business people a chance to meet and discover who are you.
  7. Get a job.
  8. Learn how to write.
  9. Research and learn how college loans will affect your life after college.
  10. Take your scholarship seriously. Losing it will negatively affect your life.
  11. Get up when your alarm goes off.  In other words, get up in the morning.
  12. Always go to class.
  13. Try new things.
  14. Make new friends and be social.

by David Albrecht

2 Comments

Filed under College Life, Student issues

2 responses to “14 Things to Know Before Starting College

  1. David, I think you are right on with this list. High schoolers tend to go into college with the wrong impression of what they need to do. It’s a relief to see you list writing skills as one of the things to do before going to college. It amazed me how few people could coherently write a properly formatted paper in my freshman classes. Honestly, it was pathetic. Your list is right on. Thanks for posting it!

  2. You’re right about that. Also, importantly, the student should know and feel if he likes the course or not. For instance, if he has a liking for accountancy career then he must go for it. After graduation he can land a job as a income tax specialist rancho cucamonga or proceed to law studies plus accounting post graduate studies.

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