Today, I decided to start a new line of blogs with the tag "Freshman Guide", which as the name suggests, are going to guides for our freshman at the University of Minnesota. Please remember that all of these guides will be written from my own experiences and may work for some people better others. Anyway, let us get started.
What to do:
1. Attend the first day of classes at all costs and arrive there early!
I can't believe that I have to write this, but a lot of freshmen think that being the first day, nothing will be covered during the lectures and that it would be pointless to attend. More often than not, this is not the case. A lot of teachers, will actually start lecturing and assigning homeworks the first day of classes so make sure you are present in the classroom. While missing only homework may not cost you more than 1% of your grade, this 1% percent may be the difference between an A- and a B+ at the end of semester. (You would be surprised how often this happens)
2. Read the syllabus carefully
A syllabus is the outline of the subjects in a course of study, so basically it will tell you everything you need about your class, for example when to hand in homework, the percentage the homework has on your final grade etc. The syllabus usually has everything you need to know about the class, and it is usually 2-3 pages, and will not take you more than 5minutes to go through. As boring as it sounds, it will turn out helpful later in class when you have questions about homeworks, grades, absences etc.
3. Try to make new friends and enjoy the class
During the first few weeks, it is relatively make new friends in your classes. Minnesotans are really friendly and nice (hence the U.S. expression “Minnesota Nice”), and they are even more interested sociable when they meet international students and will immediately bombard you with questions about yourself. And at the end of it all, remember to just sit down, relax and have some fun! College it's not just about the classes. :)