One of the first things I do is ask them all why they are here - in college, at community college, and at SCC in particular. It's interesting to find out how they arrived here. Then I ask what they really want to get from the class at the end of the five days. Some are looking simply for logistical information and how to find where to go and who they need to see on campus. Others want to know what there is to do outside of classes and how to get involved with clubs and organizations. Some are acknowledging that they didn't really have to study or take notes in high school, but realize now that they will have to and don't know how. Still others are just feeling a little out of their element and are wondering how they're going to get everything done at school, work, home, and make it to Christmas.
As I was thinking of this wide range of wants and needs of new students and first-time college students, I thought it would be great to have a "What I Wish I'd Known Before I Went To College" list. I started doing to a little searching and found some really good information already available. Here is a video from a student sharing what she wished she'd know as a freshman.
I thought this list was great advice. She talks about realizing your now independent and have to figure things out on your own, that you (and others) will change - just keep it positive, get out of your comfort zone and explore, people are a little crazy and be safe, you have to battle the elements going from class to class - you walk EVERYWHERE, budgeting your money, the freshman 15 is not a myth, be who you want to be, and set your priorities. She does this in a very practical and entertaining way, so I hope you didn't skip the video.
She updated this list a year later with more things to know before college.
Here she jumps into a few other things that came along a year later and with a couple of more semesters under her belt. Still really good advice. It includes finding out about textbooks before buying them, wearing appropriate clothes to class, getting involved in a club - building leadership skills and your resume, establishing relationships with faculty - help now and references later, attending class and taking notes, taking advantage of fun events happening at the college, housing, don't expect to find the love of your life in college, friendships - new and old, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Again, don't skip the video because she gives this advice in a very practical and very entertaining way too. She has great suggestions for note taking.