Don’t Skip Class
Brandon Hoto is a fourth-year English student.
Welcome to university the place where you are paying an arm and a leg to get an education. And even if you’re not the one paying for it, there is someone who believes in your potential to succeed enough to dish out all their hard-earned money.
This doesn’t even begin to cover all of the time spent studying, working, and more just to get accepted. So you owe it to yourself and everyone that helped to get you here to make it worth your time and small fortune.
The easiest way to do this is to actually attend your classes and get to know your professors. I remember in high school consistently being told “your professors in university aren’t going to help you if you are struggling”. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Your professors are there to help you if you need it. This can be easy in a small seminar class, and potentially more difficult if you’re in a class of several hundred students. Nonetheless, make an effort to interact with your professors.
A tip, often professors are more likely to help you out if you’re a student who has attempted to make a connection with them beforehand. As well as someone who consistently comes to class and doesn’t sleep through their lecture. When you physically go to class, make sure that you are mentally present as well! This means making an effort to remain actively engaged.
Even for a professor who has taught for many years, standing in front of a lecture hall can be nerve-racking. So try to stay off your phone during lectures, because while you may think you’re being a stealthy texting ninja they do notice and it can be both distracting for others and your professor. In the immortal words of one professor, “no one looks at their crotch and laughs.”
Remember: You are paying a great deal of money to go to university. So make this experience the best it can be. Get involved in extracurricular activities, and make sure you are studying something you enjoy. While it may seem like obvious advice, the easiest way to succeed is to attend your lectures, seminars and tutorials. Your professors and many other wonderful resources on campus are there to help you if you are struggling, so make an effort to become familiar with them now!