College can sometimes be overwhelming. When I get overwhelmed I tend to not do anything until it is absolutely necessary, and then I just stress myself out even more. Here are a few tips and tricks that I felt were the most important in having a successful start at a community college.
1. Don't get yourself into debt if you don't have to. There are a lot of resources out there to help you pay for school. You can apply for FASFA which is a grant through the government or you can apply for scholarships. The high school you go to will have resources to help you apply for scholorships, or if you are going back to school a few years after highschool the community colleges typically have a resource to help you with that as well.
If you do end up having debt, check out a company like Earnest to help refinance your student loans in order to make your payments more affordable and save you thousands.
2. Live at Home If you can.
I get it... people usually want to go to college to get away from their parents so that they don't have to be told what to do or so that they can party with their friends in their own space but so many of your friends will have their own spaces that you can crash so why not save money by living at home? you have your whole life ahead of you to pay bills, so why rush it sooner then you have to??
3. Go see a counselor at the community college so that you can make sure you are enrolling in the right classes. It is important to go see a counselor at the end of every semester so that you know what you need to take the next semester. No one wants to waste their time taking or paying for unnecessary classes.
4. There is this great website called ratemyprofessor.com where students from all over will rate their teachers and give you some information on homework or personality of the teacher, so that When you are selecting the classes you want to take, you can consider the professor you are selecting. This website saved me from crazy teachers and crazy homework schedules. For the most part I loved all my professors, and the ratings were prettt true to who they were. Don't forget to rate your professor at the end of the semester so that you can help other students pick good teachers.
5. When you enroll in a class they usually send you a list of books that you should buy, but never do this until after you have attended your first class. Teachers change their mind about books they want to use, classes get dropped, and sometimes you can find a used book or an electronic version.
6. My final tip: which to me is the most important is make time for yourself to play and have fun. Yes, college is expensive and yes it is important to study, but if you don't leave some time for YOU or the things you like to do, you will have a really hard time being successful. Don't spend all your time playing and not studying because that won't help you be successful either but make sure you find a good balance, and all the success will be yours!
If you found any of these tips helpful or if there is anything you think I should add, please email me at email@example.com and let me know, I love to hear feedback from my readers.
MY YOUR COLLEGE JOURNEY BE SUCCESSFUL AND FUN!!!
PREPARE DON'T WAIT!!!