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101: First Year Experience Seminar, survival
tips for freshmen.
revised 29 Aug. 2005
by Jeremy Lewis, Flowers 209,
Phone ext. 4521.
Here are some survival tips for freshmen and their parents:
August 29, 2005, from the Montgomery Advertiser online.
Sources: Taken from lists provided by the Alabama Commission on Higher
Education and local college officials
Learn how to do the laundry.
Learn how to balance a checkbook.
Classes will sometimes have older students in them. You will be treated
like and expected to behave like an adult. Older students always do their
homework, and they blow the curve.
Some teachers don't speak English very well. If you don't understand the
lesson, schedule a meeting with the professor.
Find out where you work best -- library, dorm, student center -- and always
have something with you to work on.
Always go to class -- otherwise you fail.
Many professors don't give assignments in class. They expect you to follow
Meet people in college other than those you knew in high school, so your
options and opportunities will be broadened.
Alcohol is available. It is expensive. It is illegal. You don't need it.
It is high calorie and it makes you fat.
Be supportive and caring.
Do not direct. Let your child take ownership of the process.
Encourage your child to take control. This builds responsible decision-making.