As a college student, I have clearly understood the concerns that seniors in high school may have. By what preparations that they will need to be successful in college, how college life is, and what we can do to fulfill our goals and dreams. The life in college can be viewed as a long journey that is full of obstacles. I have been in UIC for almost one year, and I would like to offer advice to seniors based on my own experiences. This advice is what I wish someone had given me before high school.
Note taking: note taking is a very important skill in college. Students should learn how to take notes while they are listening to a classroom presentation in a useful way that works for them. However, it is not necessary for you to write down everything that the professor says, only to understand what is important and the main ideas; so when you study for the exams those notes become very helpful.
Time management: students should have a good time management in high school in order to be successful in college. Nobody is going to pressure students to be in class or on time. Since most of the professors will not take attendance in lecture, many students decided not to attend. But the materials that the professors talk about in the lecture are likely to be on the exams. I will guarantee that if you attend every lecture, and you will get a higher grade than the people who do not; so you need to be self-motivated to go to class. Often professor will give out a syllabus at the beginning of the semester with all the assignments and exams listed for the term. In order to success, you need to develop a system for keeping track of when the assignments are due, and when the exam is.
Study for exams: this may seem obvious, but it is the most important one. In college exams are the biggest portion of your grade. Try to spend a couple of hours studying for the exams. If you have any questions feel free to ask the professor or attend to the tutoring sections that are available. Don't even try to cheat on the exam; if you got caught you fail, or possibly get kicked out of the University.
Grades and Academic Standing: if you are an undecided major student, GPA is one of most important thing to you. You have to keep a minimum to get into your major .The good grade in school may not naturally come to you; you will have to earn in the college that means you have to set some goals for yourself and work as hard as you can to achieve them.
Friendship: encourage yourself to make new friends in each class or join the study group. It will be a great help when you stunt on your homework, during the exam cram, or anything that comes to you as a problem. It's also important to have friends to help you when you get sick or miss class. Plus, it's a great way to meet more people and make friends to get involve with the society; also it can help to improve you social skills.
Find a balance: don't push yourself too hard. As you spend plenty of time with your textbook, you will also want yourself to be healthy and happy. You can find some activities that help you relax, and take the stress out of your life. Whether it's watching your favorite television shows, playing video game or hanging out with your friends, be good to yourself.
Get involved on campus: encourage yourself to join more clubs, associations, and sport teams. You'll make new friends, learn new skill, and feel more connected to your school.
Utilize Resources: using the resource that UIC provides, such as writing center. If you have a hard time with your writing assignment, stop by the door or call ahead to make an appointment, and they will one by one to help with your paper. Computer lab is also a great resource; if you don't want to bring your laptop to school, you can access the computer by using your NETID. Also, you can print your paper much cheaper in computer lab than printing at home, and each semester you will have fifteen free dollars in your student account.
Picking classes and choosing a Major: meet your advisor before register for the class. It is very important to be aware of what major you are really interested in. Choosing a particular field of profession that you are interested is good because you will be motivated to work hard. However, for all the seniors in high schools, it is important to realize that finishing all the general education courses first is always the right thing to do. It is because these courses are mandatory, and if you change your major, you would have probably wasted some of your time on those major-related courses you have taken. So why don't you spend your time on something mandatory first and continue with your major courses later?