31 things you need to know about college

Getting ready to start college? Or, do you have a son or daughter who is? Well, as you can imagine, there’s a lot you need to know. The College Bound network  offers 31 things you need to know.

We’re not going to list all 31, but here are some of the highlights:

Someone on campus will try to get you to sign up for a credit card
It’s going to be tempting, but don’t give in. After all, how easy is it to spend, spend, spend using that credit card. And then, you’re going to have to pay it all back, which won’t be nearly as fun as the spending part.

Meet your professors and take advantage of office hours ForJuly10Post
It’s a good idea to get to know your professors and have them get to know you. There are many ways to do this, including asking questions in class, talking to them before or after class, or talking to them during their office hours.

Don’t skip those first few classes
It may be tempting to skip. After all, what will you be doing anyway? But don’t. In those first classes, you’ll get your class syllabus and find out everything you need to know for the semester. Plus, missing class will send a bad message to your professor.

Packing all of your classes into a couple of days may not be a good idea
While it seems like a good idea – doing that will give you a class-free day or two – keep in mind that those all-classes days will likely mean you won’t have any breaks in between. And, if you happen to get sick on a class day, you’ll be really behind.

SecondPhotoforJuly10PostGet to know your fellow students
Knowing who is in class with you will come in handy if you miss a class and need someone to fill you in or if you’d like to have someone to study with for a test.

Talk to your roommate before school starts and figure out who’s bringing what
You don’t need two TVs or three bean bag chairs. In fact, it’s a good idea to check with the school and see what it provides for its residence halls first. You might also want to check out our Top 10 Secrets to College Success:

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