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5 Tips Every College Student Should Know

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My little sister graduated high school last week. I am still trying to wrap my head around how quickly she became a teenager, let alone that she will be starting college in a couple months!

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Isn’t she so adorable? (This isn’t the best picture but I love it because of how perfectly posed our little man is! These days it is next to impossible to get him to even look in the direction of a camera.)

College is a very different world from high school and I wanted to give my sister a few nuggets of wisdom to help her navigate through it with ease. Well, with as much ease as possible anyways. Every college student, new or returning, needs to know these 5 tips to help have a successful time at college.

1. Buy used textbooks. Textbooks are EXPENSIVE. I once bought a $140 book for… wait for it… $16! Why spend hundreds of dollars on books you’ll only be using for a short time? Take a look at this list of five best sites to buy cheap textbooks and save yourself some money.

2. Apply for scholarships. Many college students stop applying for scholarships once they start their first semester. Don’t do that! You should be applying all throughout your college career for scholarships because every penny towards your tuition adds up.

3. Take advantage of your student discount. Movies, the gym, restaurants.. There are so many places that you can get a discount if you just show your student ID. If you’re not sure a certain place offers a student discount, all you have to do is ask.

4. Look up professors before you commit to taking the class. It is a lot easier to know what you are getting into and what you need to avoid before registering for classes. My first semester of college, I had a professor who I really thought didn’t like me because the class wasn’t difficult, yet I was getting C’s on everything. Had I used Rate My Professors I would have known that 53 out of 56 students reviewed that teacher to grade too harshly (many of them recalled him saying he never gives out A’s…ever) and to spend class time talking about his personal life instead of teaching. I haven’t complained about another professor since discovering that site.

5. Develop a relationship with your professors and your classmates. Exchange numbers with another student so you can fill each other in if you miss a class. Most professors don’t want to be bothered with catching you up, nor do they have the time. Although, if you talk to them often and let them know you will be absent, there is a good chance professors will sympathize and offer you extra credit or let you turn in your assignments late with a few points taken off.

If there is one thing I have learned about going to college, it’s that it doesn’t have to be as hard or as stressful to get through as it seems to be. Do you have anything to add on to this list? Let me know in the comments!

 

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  • Nita Ulloa-Pedroni

    great tips on using used books! A few years back I only had places like Half.com to buy books from, I am so glad to see there are more places to buy books than just the college’s bookstore! Congrats to your sister and you keep up the good work at college too!

    • It’s so great. I forgot to add in that some colleges have an online community, where students sell their books as well. So many options! Thank you very much 💕

  • Another good place to look up professors is myedu.com, I find that they have more up to date reviews of professors and classes. You can even plan your courses before signing up for classes. It was a really useful website. Make sure to have her check it out!

    • Thank you I will definitely have to check that out for myself and for her!

  • mamasweethometeam

    This a good list of advice for college students today. i wish i had been able to get my textbooks online 15 years ago.