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7 simple steps to college success

August 18, 2014

EmilyHallstrom_thmb.jpgEditor's note: Our marketing intern in the Office of Strategic Communications is a double major, the advertising manager for The Doane Owl campus newspaper and a member of the Gamma Phi Iota sorority. Basically, Emily Hallstrom '16 (left) knows what it takes to be successful at Doane. Here is the second installment in her series of tips for students. - Lucas Fahrer, Doane Blog editor

Coming into a new school with new faces can be daunting for an incoming college student. With the stress and lack of sleep that comes with the territory, my first week at Doane was one of the most excitingly hectic times in my life. The week will fly by in a blur of new people and new opportunities, so make sure to take advantage of every second. These tips will help new students make a seamless transition to life at Doane.

1. Scope out a study spot: Look for a few places indoors and outdoors around campus. Studying will go a lot smoother when you find your ideal scene. Whether you prefer complete silence or you enjoy some background noise, there’s a study spot somewhere on campus with your name on it.

2. Find a buddy: One of the scariest things for a new student is trying to make new friends.  Find someone—anyone—who could be a good companion. Make it a point to go out of your way to talk to people. You’re all in the same situation and by approaching someone, you could also be helping them out.

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3. Establish your oasis: Find a place where you can relax and regain composure. Everyone needs a place of their own to debrief their day and reclaim their sanity.  Go drive around with your music blaring or curl up on your futon and watch Netflix.  The first week of school can be stressful, so the sooner you find that spot, the better.

4. Start well, finish strong: Develop good habits at the beginning of college and you won’t regret it. Time management should be your top priority. Set aside times to do your homework before classes, determine when you have time to workout or even practice your tuba. Starting college off with structure will help you the later you get in the semester!

5. Get enough sleep: For anyone who has heard of the dreaded “Freshman 15,” the best way to fight it is with sleep—plenty of it on a regular schedule. Good sleeping habits help because college students experience different sleeping, eating and living patterns than they did in high school. That irregularity makes it much simpler to grow a couple inches around the midsection. Make time for shut-eye!

6. Keep yourself organized: With a new school and different schedule, it could be easy to get you’re your things mixed up.  Color code your binders with your textbooks. Label your notebooks. And, whatever you do, don’t use the same notebook for several classes. 

7. Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! One of the best things a student can do is create ties with people in all different realms of the college world. Doane’s faculty is here to help students get where they need to go (literally). So if you don’t know the different between “the caf” and "the Con," ask around.