LPC Welcome to ERAU! You have just begun one of the first major life transitions that you will experience as a young adult. Most students find that college is a new and exciting adventure, but one that may come with a few challenges along the way. Here are 15 tips to help you succeed at ERAU

1. Go to all orientations. Do you really need to go on yet another campus tour? Yes. The faster you learn your way around campus — and around all the red tape — the more at ease you’ll feel and the better prepared you’ll be when issues arise.

2. Get to know your roommate and others in your residence hall. The people you live with, most of whom are going through similar experiences and emotions, are your main safety net — not only this year, but for all your years.

3. Get Organized. In high school, the teachers tended to lead you through all the homework and due dates. In college, the professors post the assignments — often for the entire semester — and expect you to be prepared. Buy an organizer, a PDA, a big wall calendar — whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due.

4. Find the ideal place for you to study. It may be your dorm room or a cozy corner of the library, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done while avoiding as many distractions as possible.

5. Go to class. Obvious, right? Maybe, but sleeping in and skipping that 8 a.m. class will be tempting at times. Avoid the temptation. Besides learning the material by attending classes, you’ll also receive vital information from the professors about what to expect on tests, changes in due dates, etc…

6. Become an expert on course requirements and due dates. Professors spend time preparing your course syllabi and calendars so that you will know exactly what is expected of you and when. One of the lamest excuses a student can give a professor: “I didn’t know it was due today.”

7. Meet with your professors. Speaking as a professor, I can assure you there are only upsides to getting to know your professors, especially if later in the semester you run into some snags. Professors schedule office hours for the sole purpose of meeting with students. Take advantage of that time!

8. Seek a balance. College life is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don’t tip the balance too far in either direction.

9. Get involved on campus. A big problem for a lot of new students is a combination of homesickness and a feeling of not quite belonging. A solution? Consider joining a select group — and be careful not to go overboard — of student organizations, clubs, sororities or fraternities, or sports teams. You’ll make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school.

10. Strive for good grades. Another obvious one here, right? Remember while good grades could have come naturally to you in high school, you will have to earn them in college — and that means setting realistic goals for yourself and then making sure you work as hard as you can to achieve them.

11. Take advantage of the study resources on campus. Use ERAU tutoring services or form a study group.

12. Stay healthy/eat right. A lot of problems first-year students face can be traced back to an illness that kept them away from classes for an extended period of time that led to a downward spiraling effect. Get enough sleep, take your vitamins, and eat right. If you haven’t heard the jokes about college food, you soon will. And without mom or dad there to serve you a balanced meal, you may be tempted to go for those extra fries or cookies. Stay healthy and avoid the dreaded extra “Freshman 15” pounds by sticking to a balanced diet.

13. Learn to cope with homesickness. It’s only natural that there will be times when you miss your family, even if you were one of those kids who couldn’t wait to get away. Find a way to deal with those feelings, such as making a phone call or sending some email home.

14. Seek professional help when you need it. Make an appointment with a counselor at the Wellness Center Counseling Services. If you’re sick or feeling isolated or depressed, please take advantage of the many services this office provide students. You don’t have to face these issues by yourself.

15. Be prepared to feel overwhelmed. There’s a lot going on in your life right now. Expect to have moments where it seems a bit too much. As one student says, be prepared to feel completely unprepared. The trick is knowing that you’re not the only one feeling that way.

You have done all the prep work, you have gotten good grades in high school, scored well on a standardized test, and have been accepted into ERAU! So enjoy all your hard work. Be determined to make it through your freshman year and beyond. Take advantage of all ERAU has to assist you.

ERAU Counseling Services is available, and fortunately, for ALL students here at ERAU, counseling is free! Counseling Services is located at the Wellness Center, Building 73, in Haas Commons. Counseling services can provide a confidential and secure place to help you figure it all out!

One-on-one and couples counseling is available to fit your needs. Making an appointment to see a counselor on campus is easy! Just stop by or call the Wellness Center (928) 777 6653.

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