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Life Skills Academy: Your First College Class

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/23/2016 - 6:14 PM

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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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Submitted by Makenna Ma on Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:37 PM


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I discovered this blog from the Spring into Reading program challenge. This post is really helpful in assuring me that I won't be alone in college since everyone is going through the same thing. I'll also try to keep in mind the advice about making sure to not be distracted by other things when taking notes on a computer, and that there's no attendance requirement for lectures but the knowledge is needed for graduation. It sounds like I'll need to develop some more self-discipline for college, but I'm really excited for the college experience!

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