Welcome to the Globe’s SLCC Talks. A new column where the Globe staff answers questions that our readers send in as well as highlighting some of our favorite responses.
In our first SLCC Talks we feature some advice on adjusting to college life from two of our writers.
What advice would you give to new students or even returning students having trouble adapting to college?
Rachael Folland (Copy Editor)
The syllabus, given by professors, is an important tool. There are many times during the semester when I look back at my syllabus to find out what is expected from my professor, and when assignments are due. Also, listen to the professors during class and take note when assignment due dates change.
Make friends with classmates and invite them to a study session. Having friends in a class can make a big difference in your college experience. You learn new points of view, obtain notes from them when you are absent in class, and enjoy friendships. There have been times when I didn’t speak to people in class, and I really missed out.
Aldo Gomez (Web Editor)
I would definitely recommend that organization be your priority. Keep a schedule book, or even the calendar app on your phone or email. It can help you be aware of your busy time like work and classes, as well as your free time. Use it to keep track of big assignments, holidays and trips.
I personally use both a schedule book and my phone. My phone helps give me at a glance information, while my schedule book keeps finer information like due dates for assignments or even quickly jotted down information.
Also, be sure to let us know what you do to make it through the school year.