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Qualities Of A Top Undergraduate Student

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There used to be a time when attending college after high school was not the given that it is today. The realities of the job marketplace have made a college diploma more or less a prerequisite for a wide range of entry level jobs, and so now, whether students love learning or not, most feel that getting a college degree is required of them.

While those of us who teach in academia are aware of the "I can't do anything without a degree" phenomenon taking place today, most of us like to think that our students have come to college not only for that important piece of paper, but also to develop their minds and broaden their intellectual horizons. Convince your teachers early on in the semester that intellectual curiosity — a love of learning — burns within you, and you'll have gone a long way toward creating a positive impression in the classroom.

Show Up and Show You're Prepared
Of course, you can't convince your professors of anything if you develop the bad habit of skipping class. For many college freshmen, college represents their first invigorating dose of freedom to live by their own rules. While your grade may be docked for absences and tardiness, cutting class might seem astonishingly consequence-free until the end of the semester when your grades come out. Don't fall prey to the temptation to "get away with it." Your GPA does matter, and so does your professor's opinion of you.

It's an old saw that success is 90 percent showing up. If that's true with respect to class attendance, then the other ten percent is composed of your level of preparation and your level of participation. Most professors will not test you on your homework during every class, but that doesn't mean we can't tell if you're not prepared when we call on you. Why not remove all doubt and participate in class discussions? Paying attention, taking notes, and asking questions all speak well of you to professors, as they are all signs that you are intellectually curious and engaged with the material.

Check High School at the Campus Gate
Getting into college is a tough competition, and to matriculate where you have, you've probably done very well for yourself in high school. Congratulations, you made it in. What many first year students find hard to accept is that their college grades often are not as good as the ones they got in high school. Hearing you're not alone probably won't help too much, but it's true. What's also true is that a top undergraduate student will come to college armed with this knowledge as well as with the determined attitude to work even harder than they did in high school.

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Top 5 Ways To Have A Satisfying College Experience

1. Learn
Learn. Learn as much as you can. For many people, college is the last time in their lives when academics take center stage. This might sound great if you’re in the midst of cramming for the SAT or working on your admissions essay, but paying attention to your academics in college will be rewarding in many ways. If you’re not a "learning is its own reward" person, focus on the fact that the more you learn, and the better you do in school, the better your chances are of securing a great job down the road. In some careers, you may even end up providing a transcript as part of your job application. So think twice before cutting class.

2. Meet people
a lot of people say that they learned more from the students around them than they did from any of their classes. Whether or not this turns out to be true for you, another aspect of college that makes it an once-in-a-lifetime experience is the community of people you’ll be living with. Take the opportunity to get to know about people from different parts of the world.

3. Take risks
Whether it’s going abroad for a semester, or taking skydiving lessons, do something outside your comfort zone during college. You need something for the stories you’ll tell in the future about your days as a crazy college student, right? And beyond the potential for spinning a good yarn, taking the opportunity to do something that seems unlike the you in high school may teach you that there’s more to you than even you knew.

4. Prepare for the future
While you should invest as much as possible of yourself in the present moment of your college experience, you should also give some thought to what you’ll do on the other side of the graduation platform. Visit the career services office. Talk to a favorite professor about how he chose his career at your age. Get a couple of internships during your time at school. You might find something you love during an internship, which could lead to a job down the road. Or, you might find that what you thought you’d love is really not for you. Either way, it’s good information to have.

5 Take care of your health
No, this doesn’t mean sit inside on Friday night and do nothing but eat broccoli, but it’s easy to lose perspective on taking care of yourself in the intensity that is undergraduate life. There is so much you need to do, and so much you want to do that sleep and nutrition might not even come up as priorities for you. But you can’t do anything if you get the flu or mono, so balance your flurry of activity with some solid sleep and nutrition.

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10 Tips On Surviving Freshman Year

1. Orientation activities are a must.
Even though they might make you feel awkward, even though there might seem to be 500 of them, you should go to as many orientations as you possibly can. Remember, most of the other people attending them feel just as awkward. Lean over to one of them and ask: "Haven’t we already been to 500 of these things?" You might make a friend for life, or at least for dinner. In addition to the opportunity to begin meeting your classmates, orientation activities also provide useful information about the school, its campus, its activities, and its policies.

2. Meet as many people as you can.
Beginning with your new roommate, take the time to get to know the people around you. Although some students show up to college with friends from their high school, for most people, this is not the case. You’re all in the same boat. Take that boat to dinner together, to campus social events, etc. Making friends with those around you will help ease you into the atmosphere of college.

3. Go to all of your classes.
After 500 plus orientation activities, the start of classes might seem like a brutal slap in the face. Or maybe you’ll realize that nobody is going to give you detention if you skip, so you start skipping. Whatever reasons you have for cutting class, they’re bad. Learning is really what college is for. Don’t deprive yourself of it.

4. Do your homework when it’s assigned.
Again, the freedom of college can be intoxicating, but don’t become so infused with it that you begin blowing your work off. Like skipping classes, procrastinating on your homework has toxic consequences for your grades.

5. Learn time management skills.
You might not believe it at first, but going to all of your classes and doing all of your homework does not equal having no free time. Once you get your course schedule, you should look at where you have blocks of free time. You should dedicate some of those to studying intently, so that you have time for other things. Don’t spend freshman year with something always hanging over your head. It’s a bad precedent to start.

6. Get involved in extracurricular activities.
With your time management skills, you should be able to handle at least one activity outside of classes that excites you.

7. Make sure you eat.
And make sure you eat right. Cap’n Crunch is delicious, agreed, but it is not a breakfast, lunch, and dinner option. Eat a vegetable occasionally, and try not to get too addicted to caffeine.

8. Make sure you sleep.
Which you’ll be able to do, if you don’t become a Starbucks junkie, which you won’t have to, because of your time management skills.

9. Get some exercise.
Even if it’s just going for a walk. The fresh air is good for your mind and body.

10. Make time to have pure, unadulterated fun even after the start of classes.

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