Life Skills Academy: Your First College Class
Your First College Class
SJSU Students Brenden Ramirez and Jacob Fraker reflect back on their college experiences and give you a firsthand account of what college is like. Then, watch SJSU Digital Arts Instructor James Morgan talk about the expectations, challenges, and advantages of college classes and the college experience.
- How to Succeed in College (While Really Trying): A Professor's Inside Advice by Jon B. Gould
A professor's account of the things they want you to know before going to class. Great for building on the topics discussed in this workshop.
- The Naked Roommate: and 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen
Pick it up for the title, read it for the practical, informative, and often hilarious behind-the-scenes look at what college life is like. It covers everything from dating to roommates to getting the grades you want.
- 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know by Harry H. Harrison, Jr.
The chapters in this guide are far more practical than the title would suggest and deal with both the academic problems like how to study and the more pragmatic problems of partying, relationships, and just being an adult.
- The Freshman Survival Guide by Nora Bradbury-Haehl
A great book that primarily covers the transition to being a college student including food and nutrition, mental health, and coping with pretty much everything changing.
- 30 "Must Haves" for Surviving College
There's a lot of guides to preparing and packing for college, but this list covers a lot of things you might not think you need, and gives you the reasoning behind why you should bring them.
- Surviving College
A little dated, this site is none the less is full of great articles to help you cope with becoming a first year college student. There's a few dozen to choose from but “Here's what to do when you have 20 minutes to kill between classes” is particularly good.
- Shmoop's College 101
While some of the information is behind the paywall. This site has one of the most accessible guides to finding more information about college and what it's like.
- Study what you want and love. Your dream job may be created by the time you graduate.
- Get to know your professors; it's harder to fail someone you know personally.
- Choose the best classes and experience by talking to the students in your field. Campus clubs are a great way to meet these students.
- The University is invested in your success. There are many resources available if you need help.
Tips & Tricks
- Know your schedule ahead of time. Practice the route so you don't get lost.
- Don't be overwhelmed! Everyone's in the same position.
- You can take notes with a computer, but beware the temptation of Facebook. Pen and paper work too.
- There are often no potty breaks or attendance requirements. Come and go as you like, but remember that you'll need the lectures to graduate.