Emily Derrenbacher—With the first day of classes two days away, here are some of the most important things I think freshmen should be thinking about
1) Double Check Your Schedule. Class times and locations occasionally change right before classes begin. To access your current schedule, log in to banner.
2) Forward Your ANGEL Mail. This is my number one tip for all Brockport students. Most of us do not check ANGEL as regularly as we should and may be missing out on emails sent by professors and classmates. It is a good idea to have these messages forwarded to an account you check more frequently. To do so, log in to ANGEL and click on the ‘Preferences’ icon along the left side. Next, select ‘System Settings’ and scroll to the bottom of the screen. You should see the box where you may enter an alternate email address as well as a drop down menu as to how you want the emails to show up in your mailbox.
3) Know Where Your Classes Are. Ask your RA or Peer Mentor if you are unsure about how to get to any of your classes. It is typically a good idea to give yourself about 15 minutes, especially on the first day, to get to class from anywhere on campus.
4) Be Prepared. Always have something to write with and an empty notebook on the first day. The first day or two are typically devoted to reviewing the class syllabus, but professors may have email you about bringing an assignment or other class materials.
5) Ask Questions. The first week of college is a lot different from high school. It is better to ask questions in the beginning, than to be surprised at the end of the semester. If you aren’t comfortable talking to a professor in class, you can always email them.
6) Attend Office Hours. Professors love when they can put a name to a face, especially in large lecture classes. Make a point to go see them during office hours early in the semester. This opens up a line of communication between you and your professor and may be beneficial later in the semester.
7) Order Your Textbooks. It’s important to do this sooner, rather than later, when books may sell out. Professors list the required materials on the syllabus, but they are also available on line. Students can visit the college bookstore online and fill in their classes to see the required and recommended materials (http://brockport.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=18052). Books can also be found on websites such as Chegg or Amazon, but just make sure it is the correct edition.
8) Start Out Strong. It is so much harder to bring a low GPA up than it is to bring it down. SO, make your first semester a strong one because this semester sets the tone for you college career.
9) Get Involved. Being an active part of campus is one of the best ways to meet people with similar interests. If you are considering a club or activity, go to a meeting or two and if you decide you don’t like it, you don’t have to go. There is a full list of clubs and organizations on myBrockport. Also, Club Craze is this Thursday, 8/29 from 8:30-10:30pm in SERC.
10) Have Fun. My freshman year was about experiencing everything and I had a great year; meeting new people, trying new things. Yes, we are here to learn but college is so much more than academics and i think it is important to get this most out of the experience.
Good luck and enjoy your freshman year!