Headed to college? Keep these tips in mind.

You met our intern Theresa the other day when she wrote her first post.

Today, she has a few more tips for those of you who will be heading to college this fall or next. Like the other day, these tips come from Margot Myers, program manager of the TRiO Student Support Services program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

  • Keep up with the news so you always have something to talk about and are never left in the dark when someone else brings up current events. This is especially important when preparing for an interview—knowing what’s going on in the world shows you’re well-rounded, cultured and aware of your surroundings.
  • Talk to your high school teachers about college because they’ve been there and survived. Plus, they know you as a student, so they can give you advice on how to stay afloat in college courses.
  • Be prepared for hot-button issues like human sexuality, abortion and health care. These issues come up a lot at college and everyone has an opinion, so be ready for civil discussion and keep an open mind. You might know where you stand now, but you’ll learn things at college that could lead to a change of heart (or strengthen your convictions).
  • Always take advantage of a professor’s offer to look at work ahead of the due date. Professors make these offers because they want what you turn in to be your very best work possible. Your hard work will be rewarded in the form of a higher grade and your professor’s appreciation.
  • If you’re studying for a career in which you’ll work with people, learn what it’s like to be on the other end. If you want to be a counselor of some kind, go to counseling yourself so you know how it feels. If you’re entering the medical field, pay attention at doctors’ appointments and make note of things you like and dislike about the experience.
  • Choose a major based on your strengths. If you’re trying to decide between two or three majors, check what the graduation requirements are for each. If you’re not so great at math and one of your options requires calculus, you might want to cross it off the list.
  • Keep a resume cheat sheet. Save a comprehensive list of all your activities, accomplishments, honors, etc. and update it every time something new comes up. You can pull from that list every time you update your resume for an application.
  • Know yourself and your needs.If you’re an introvert, the number of people you’ll meet and interact with at college can be overwhelming, so don’t be afraid to turn down an invitation in favor of some alone time. And don’t forget to keep a regular(ish) sleep schedule—it’ll keep you healthier, more alert and ready for college life.We hope these help. If you have any to share just let us know.
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