Sarah Churchill April 2012
F I R S T - G E N E R AT I O N , L O Wâ€“ IN C O M E S T U D E N T G U I D E TO C O L L E G E Providing YOU the Resources and Tools to be a Successful College Student Congratulations and Welcome to College Life!
You are about to embark on a whirlwind adventure of academics, social activities, and identity development! To help you in this adventure, this guide will provide you the tools and information needed to be a successful college student. Remember to use this guide anytime you have questions or are unsure about your next steps. Keep in mind this is just a guide and you may find some advice works for you while other advise does not. Remember, you are NOT alone in this journey! We wish you luck!
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U NDERSTANDING Y OUR R OLE
1.GET INVOLVED 2.FIND CLUBS & ACTIVITIES YOU CAN JOIN 3. ASK FOR HELP 4.TALK TO YOUR PARENTS ABOUT COLLEGE LIFE 5.GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE YOU LIVE WITH 6.FIND A SUPPORT SYSTEM 7. BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PROFESSORS 8. USE YOUR COLLEGE RESOURCES 9. STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR HOME 10. MANAGE YOUR TIME AND MONEY WISELY
As a college student you are
RESPONSIBLE for your own decisions. Your parents, professors and staff members are not going to tell you when to do your homework or when to go to bed. Find a schedule that works for you and stick to it! Remember–
help when you need it!
N AVIGATING R ELATIONSHIPS You and Your Parents: As you adjust to life at college you need to talk to your parents about expectations. As a firstgeneration student your parents may not understand what it is you do at college– so be sure to talk with them and explain to them about your new life. Try and involve your parents by doing simple things like…
Invite them to Family Weekend
Have them meet your roommate
Bring them to a school football game
Roommates: If you are living on campus be sure to build a positive relationship with your roommate. Be respectful of their time and space and expect the same in return. If you run into issues do not be afraid to talk to your roommate about it. If that doesn’t work, talk to your Resident Advisor (RA).
Professors: College IS different from high school. Your professors will be willing to help you, but you need to ask them for help. Find out when their office hours are and visit them if you have questions!
R ESOURCES K NOWING W HERE TO Where to go when you need
help withâ€Ś. Choosing classes or deciding on
Academic Counseling Office
your major Dropping or adding a course
A roommate issue
Resident Advisor (RA) or Residence Life Office
Understanding course material
Talk to your professor and visit an Academic Support Center
Finding an internship or on-campus
job Getting through a rough time or when you just need to vent to
someone Studying abroad
Study Abroad Office
Understanding your financial aid
Financial Aid Office
package Getting involved on campus
Student Life/ Activities Office
M ONEY S ENSE U NDERSTANDING F INANCES
Talk to your financial aid office about your financial aid package
Pay attention to scholarship and financial aid deadlines
BUDGET– know how much money you have and don’t spend more than this amount
Distinguish between wants and needs (books may be more of a need then the $50 dress you want to buy for a party)
Find an on-campus job– this way you can stay involved on campus while making money
Make sure to keep your grades up to keep any existing scholarships
Be careful with the use of credit cards– DO NOT spend more than you have!
A DDITIONAL R ESOURCES : http://www.360financialliteracy.org/Life-Stages/College-Students http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ http://www.finaid.org/