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    How to Prep for Your First Semester in the College of Business

    June 21, 2016

    You are about to start your first days of college, your first semester at the University of Wyoming. There are many things that the College of Business has to offer as well as the University. Life in college is a lot different than high school and there are a few things you’ll need to know heading into your first semester.

    A few of the best ways to prep for your first semester are these tips below.

     

    -Familiarize yourself with the resources on campus

    One of the biggest things to keep in mind especially preparing for your first semester on campus is knowing where all the resources are to help make you successful in your time at Wyoming. In the College of Business alone there is the Johnson Career Center, the Academic Advising offices, the Communication offices and much more.  When doing your research and finding out where your classes are take a look at the resources available and make sure you know where to go because they will be extremely valuable in the future.

     

    -Find your classes ahead of time

    You never want to show up late on the first day of classes and make one of the classic mistakes made year in and year out. To prevent this try finding your classes the day before or leave twenty minutes early the day of class.  Arriving early goes a long way and that way you can start off the year on the right foot. Plus you can start making those connections to your fellow classmates before the class even starts.

     

    -Make a schedule

    During the semester there will be a lot of distractions. Events hosted by the University, hanging out with friends, extracurricular, and things like that. Make sure you make a schedule and plan time in for homework, studying and prep time. If you can stick to that you’ll have a better time with classes and managing your time.

     

    -Always read and keep the syllabus

    The syllabus is best guide to each and every class you will have. It will have information about Supplemental Instruction (S.I.), grading scale, contact information for your instructor and any information you would want going through the course. Keep it handy because it will be your best friend later on in the course.

     

    -Get used to checking your email and WyoCourses

    It may not have been a priority back in high school but in college this will be where you get the majority of your information. It is important to check your email and WyoCourses at least once a day for any changes going on with your classes, what’s going on around campus and of course to communicate between students, teachers and anyone you may need to get ahold of.

     

    -Start making connections

    Going forward the best thing you can do in college is make as many connections as possible. You’ll find that working within your college you’ll have classes with many of the same people. Talking and making those connections with fellow students or teachers will pay dividends in the long run. This is the best way to start making study groups and find people to help with whatever may come up.

     

    -Follow your college’s social media pages

    Following your college’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will help give you information on what is going on in the college. This will be a useful resource throughout the year.

    By doing these steps it will help make the transition into your first semester of college an easier one and help set you up for a great first semester.