What factors—choices, behaviors, attitudes, and actions—make for a good start in college? How can a student (you, perhaps, or your child?) have a successful freshman year rather than one that is mediocre or worse? College professors, especially—perhaps psychology faculty members—are asked questions like these each year when August and September roll around. The calendar is changing and so are the lives of many young men and women enrolling in college and universities for the first time (and some not so young men and women, too—those who are returning to post-secondary studies after a long hiatus from high school following a plunge into the world of work).
I am at the beach with my family for a final summer hurrah, but talk of all the students who begin their studies next week prompted me to write this blog entry (and because I am on vacation, it is admittedly breezier than most, which is somewhat fitting). Here are a few suggestions—none divinely inspired, but several easy to forget, overlook, or otherwise neglect:
Have an exceptional first year—good luck, do well, make us proud!