Starting College? Here’s More Advice For A Successful Career

In my article “So You Are Going To College: Advice For Freshmen” I gave you 3 pieces of advice regarding your relationship with your professors. Let me give you 4 more and explain why following up on them is not only important, but also very beneficial for you.

1. Ask for help. You don’t need to make appointments all the time; once every month or two should be more than enough, but if the situation requires that you get extra attention, by all means, use their office hours for this purpose. Students forget that professors are there to help them and more often than not, professors pass the semester without any visit from their students. Do this especially if you are having difficulty. Don’t treat your professor as a tutor, though. Seek the Tutoring Center for that purpose. And don’t spend more than 15-20 minutes in the office at a time.

2. Bring related stuff to class or to the professor. For example, you found something interesting that could fit the subject you are studying. By all means, bring as much as you can. This will show that indeed you have an interest that goes beyond the classroom. Professors like that tremendously.

3. Turn off your cell phone. Never, ever, answer or look at your cell to check who is calling you, and worse, to play games while the class is going on. This shows disrespect and no professor will take it with a smile. Also, don’t eat in class. The smell of your food interferes not only with the teaching per se but also with other students’ tastes. What is delicious for one may make others puke. Be considerate.

4. Don’t have parallel conversations. Remain focused. Talking in class is a no-no, unless you are between tasks or group activities. Sending paper notes is even worse. High School is over. This is another ball game altogether.

Now, why must establish a rapport and be interested in the course? For many reasons. Here are two:

1. Professors are people too. No matter how much they strive at being quintessentially fair and just, there is bias and it will go to your benefit if you were a committed student. For instance; when you are perceived as interested and dedicated, you may get an upgrade of your final grade. For example, instead of a B+, you may get and A- or even an A. It also means the difference between flunking and passing the course.

This may not seem much, but it sure makes a huge difference when you see your transcript and/or are applying for a job. Let alone having the nightmarish position of having to repeat the course. With the same professor! Yikes!

2. Professors don’t work for money. In fact, more often than not, they struggle financially. This means that they do what they do out of sheer passion. By your being a committed student, you are showing them that you respect and appreciate them. Everyone likes that. But, as an added benefit, you may need this person to write you a letter of recommendation later in you career. Never underestimate the power of a good rec., trust me on this. You never know from whom you will need a hand in life. So, appreciate, be grateful, show interest, and treat well those who teach you, even if only as a good insurance policy.

None of this is really too difficult to pursue. And you will be a better person for it, too.

Now that you have some ammunition to start your college career; go for it. And much success to you!

High School Students Can Start College Early With Online College Courses

Many high school students can start earning college credit by taking advanced level classes, such as Advanced Placement or IB courses. These courses allow you to satisfy your high school graduation requirements, and then use the knowledge you gain from these college-level classes to earn college hours through testing. Many forward-thinking students with an eye to the future are also taking advantage of online college courses to earn credit before their graduation date.

While not all colleges and universities will allow high school students to take courses, there are some that permit students, typically juniors and seniors, to attend classes and earn college credit. Juniors and seniors are incredibly busy, as many are involved in after-school and weekend jobs, varsity sports, clubs, and other similar activities, not to mention homework and taking time out for their social lives, too. However, with online college courses, busy students can earn credit and get a head start on their college academic plans around their busy lives. These classes are perfect for taking during winter break or summer vacation, but since you can log on and attend your class anytime, many students also can squeeze in a course or two during their junior or senior school year as well.

Most juniors and seniors have an eye to the future. Many will begin earning college credit through their advanced-level high school courses, and online college courses offer students with an additional way to earn college credit before graduation. This is a great way to spread out the cost of a college education as well as to put you on track to graduate a little ahead of time. If you are interested in taking college courses before you graduate, check with the school or schools you are interested in attending after graduation to see if this is an option for you or you can always take classes from another school and transfer credit to that school after you are admitted.

College Competitiveness

After high school, most college students will not be headed to college for a sport. Instead, they will be looking to discover what they want to do in life. Students then have to figure out what they’re gonna major in and how they’re gonna spend their time. This is the time where most people forget about what they learned in sports and if the person never played a sport in the first place, then they are at a huge disadvantage because they never got to witness the competitiveness that only sports bring out of a person. People always seem to think that being competitive simply means trying to beat someone. A true competitor just wants to win and in the real world, someone doesn’t have to get beat down in the process.

So how are you gonna win at life? That is how you have to think when starting college because if you’re picking a major because it seems fun or simple, you’re not asking the real question of “will it allow me to be the best me I can be?” I picked business and more specifically risk Insurance because I knew that would fit my strengths and allow me to be successful post graduation. Now whether you’ve picked a major or not, you have to figure out what you’re gonna do with all this free time. In sports you had to manage your time very well so that you could practice at your craft, in this case it’s your major, and still have fun and enjoy yourself. College really tests your competitive edge as lots of students lose theirs and become lazy and eventually perform poorly.

There are multiple parts that go into being successful at your job. The first part is finding that job. You can never be truly happy just from the amount of money you make from your job, you need to actually enjoy what you’re doing. This means aggressively searching for the right job for you. You do this by utilizing your inner competitive nature. People who settle for an alright job are those that aren’t competitively looking for a job.

Once you find the right job for you, now you have to receive the offer. It’s not enough to just find a job that seems like it would be nice for you, you have to do what it takes to make the employer think you’re right for them. You do this by studying the company, learn what skills they’re looking for and being able to convey that you obtain all those necessary skills to be successful for them. You also practice your interview skills over and over and over. It’s in the interviews that you separate yourself from the rest. A resume really doesn’t mean much now a days. If a company really cares that much about your resume, then they probably also care much more about the school you attended. Other companies look at resumes to see if they’re eligible for an interview but it’s at the interview where it matters. Finally, how are you gonna perform once you receive the job? Some people get the job and just coast because they’re happy about the job and are fine with staying in that position. Competitors are never satisfied and know that now is where they really start working to show off their talents. All the other things are just behind the scenes until you receive the job, then it’s showtime for competitors. Now is where you use all your skills to get yourself ahead and show the company what you’re capable of so that you can continue to strive and achieve success.