10 things all incoming freshmen need to know

Jacki Brickner, Opinion Editor

In life we all go through transition periods, whether it be marriage, having kids or something as simple as transitioning from high school to college. Here are 10 tips to help new students at Madison Area Technical College. These tips were developed by summarizing from multiple conversations with advisors and fellow students at the college.

1) The unanimous No. 1 tip from advisors and counselors is to be ready for higher expectations. Counselor John Boyne said “one of the biggest misunderstandings is the shift in expectations of a student and the shift in responsibility, when one moves from high school to college. College is harder with a lot of higher expectations.”

He added that college instructors expect students to “be motivated on their own.” Be ready to work hard. While you can get help for all your needs here at Madison College, you will not be coddled. You need to do the work to get the degree you want.

2) Be prepared to take ownership of all your classes. Unlike in high school, you won’t get many reminders of due dates and other things relating to your class. Be on time, take notes, study hard and you can succeed.

3) Do the necessary work to make a solid career decision. Don’t take classes that have no purpose. Research your career and do the necessary work. If you need help, with career advisors in the Student Development Center.

4) Know why you are here. Promotion? Helping others? Knowing why you are here will help you maintain your motivation and set your priorities.

5) Know your strengths and weaknesses based on your high school record. Some people will never be good at math. Some people like history. Be honest with yourself and you will have an easier time.

6) Fully utilize all the resources at Madison College. From the Student Achievement Center to the libraries there are a lot of valuable resources to be had.  Don’t be afraid to get tutoring help. Have the Writing Center staff give you feedback on all your papers.

7) Attend classes and do all your work by utilizing time management. Having a schedule to help manage your time, and you will be better equipped to handle all aspects of your life.

8) Be proactive. If difficulties
arise, reach out to Student Develop-ment and Retention Services for help.

9) Take care of yourself in all areas of your life, between school home and social life it is important to take care of yourself.

10) And finally, have a good financial plan. By completing your FAFSA early and having a solid budget, you can avoid unneeded stress.

If nothing else, you should follow the bottom-line recommendations of Boyne and “show up, do the work, and ask for help.”