Tips for College Freshmen

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Have you just completed four rigorous years of high school? Congratulations are in order. From advanced courses, to sports, clubs, civic activities, leadership engagements and a very busy social life, no doubt your high school experience was fantastic. You clearly had time to study if you’ve received an acceptance letter from your first choice university. One of the major issues many college freshmen wrestle with is the choice of majors. While you may well have a clear idea of your chosen field of study, it’s so important to keep an open mind. There are so many options on fields of study; many of which you most likely have not been exposed to.  College is the perfect place to explore and find your passions. Follow these recommendations from the college admissions experts to uncover your hidden talents.

studentsMost universities require two years of core coursework. It is in the selection of the core courses where true exploration can truly take place. Consider a course in urban planning or anthropology. Challenge yourself to take a course in a new language or develop a skill in an area that’s unfamiliar. Photography classes or horticultural classes may well peak your interest for exploration. If you’re inclined to take a photography course, consider taking advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the incredible variety of photo equipment available to professionals and amateurs alike at Canon.  Photography is a skill and hobby you can enjoy throughout your life. If you’re inclined to venture into communications, advertising or design, photography skills can always be put to use. The key is to explore areas outside of your comfort zone.

Finally, make a commitment to meet with each of your professors during their office hours the first week of classes. It’s important to establish a relationship for many reasons not the least of which is when you may need additional help as course requirements become more stringent and you’re in the market for additional assistance. Get to know at least one other student in each class. You’ll learn something from them and they’ll learn something from you. Not every class is black and white with right and wrong answers. College is a time to look at issues from all sides, develop your analytical skills and keep an open mind. Best of luck to you identifying an area of study which sparks a passion and where you can truly make an impact.