Commuters are college students, too
Today's frosh orientation guest lecturer is Daniel Sullivan, director of first year and transitional programs at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also has two daughters in college.
Commuter students are sometimes overlooked when it comes to "preparing for college" advice, so here are some tips.
View college as a full-time job
If a student commits to spending eight hours a day, five days a week in pursuit of their academic goals, he or she will have a more rewarding and memorable experience. Limit other employment to 20-25 hours per week. Working on campus is a great option.
Spread out your class schedule
Build breaks into your schedule between classes so that you have time on campus to complete homework, meet with study groups and make friends.
Students who invest time in campus life through clubs, organizations and other activities report that the experiences they gain are often as rewarding as their academic coursework. Join at least two clubs or organizations. Your academic transcript is not enough in these tough economic times. Also, look into joining a pre-professional organization and a "fun club" related to your personal interests.
Often students who remain at home view college as "grade thirteen" -- but this is a time to practice life skills as adults in your decision-making and time management. Don't lean on your parents. If you were 250 miles away at another college, you would need to figure out what to do when you have a problem, get sick or need to navigate the university administrative bureaucracy.
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July 28, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
Categories: College 101 | Tags: Frosh Orientation, Nova Southeastern University
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