Life Skills Academy: Your First College Class

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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.

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Professor's Commandments

  • 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.

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