• Be prepared for change – Everything will be new: a new environment, friends, daily routine, different weather depending where you move for school.  It will be exciting and maybe even a little overwhelming to be at college your first year.  Mentally preparing for change will help ease the transition and reduce some of the anxiety in your first days on campus.
  • Advocate for yourself – Now that you’re an adult, people will treat you that way and expect you to be responsible for yourself.  Whether you’re visiting the financial aid office, requesting a transcript or meeting with your professor, make sure you advocate for yourself.  Ask questions.  Be persistent.  Be professional.  Take the initiative.  Make sure your voice is being heard.
  • Daily Schedule – It will be helpful to create a daily routine to ensure you make time for studying, fun, rest, calling family, etc.  Once you set your schedule, stick to it.  Planning your day will allow you manage a number of things without getting behind or missing time for important assignments.
  • Study Skills – College exams will require you to study and master the material.  While you may not have needed to study as much in high school, you will need to study as much as you can for college courses.  Be open to different ways to study.  Try different methods, use note cards, do study groups, be creative, have fun with it.
  • Don’t forget to sleep – As things get busy and you try to squeeze the most out of your day, don’t sacrifice your sleep.  You operate best when you get adequate amounts of sleep every day.  You will recall information better, feel more alert and won’t be falling asleep in class.
  • Get involved, but not too involved – There will be so many activities, clubs, organizations to join and events to attend that you can enjoy a healthy social life in college. But, don’t do so much that it begins to take away from your studies.  So, if you have to cut some activities to focus on your academics, do it.

Make friends, network ­– Friends are a great support system to have.  They can become your family away from home to be there during the good times and difficult times.  Many of them you may end up maintaining friendships with, years after college.

(From American Indian Graduate Center 8/7/2015 e-newsletter.)