21 March 2015
1. When writing a research paper, make sure to get your sources immediately. As soon as you do, create a Works Cited (MLA)/References (APA) page and get them done. It doesn’t matter if you end up not using them, as you can always delete the source later. Trying to figure out how to write a citation, especially if it doesn’t follow conventional means, is annoying to do at the last second. This way, you can also create an in-text citation immediately.
2. After creating the bibliography, get large note cards (or whatever you prefer) and write at the top of each an in-text citation for each source. This way, all you have to do is take notes, and plug in a page number. Trust me. If you end up writing your paper at the last possible moment, this will save you from anxiously sifting through notes and pages trying to figure out what source went where, and what page belongs for whom.
3. Find a study lounge on campus. If it is anything like the one on my campus, you may also end up being able to heat up your lunch, get coffee or tea, use the computers, or just chill for a while. Study lounges are a great place to meet new people!
4. Get involved. Join a club (or start one), join an honor society, hang out in the game room, hang out in the art gallery, join the campus gym — it doesn’t matter which thing you do, just do something. It will give you a chance to meet new and like-minded people as well as to provide a surefire way to unwind while still being on campus.
5. Take advantage of your campus’ Writing Center for every. single. paper. If you are lucky enough to be on a campus that has a center with writing tutors, then do not let this valuable resource go to waste. Remember. You paid for these resources with your tuition. The same goes for utilizing math and science tutors as well. Try all of the writing tutors until you find one that you prefer, and then start making appointments with that person whenever your papers come up. This way, they know your thought process, and can see how much you are coming along as far as writing growth is concerned. This could better help that tutor to be able to be able to help you get thinking in the right direction so that the paper flows even more smoothly than the last one, and so forth.
6. Overheard someone saying they need help on a subject that you excel in? Offer to tutor them. Chances are they may refer one of their friends to you for help as well, which could really come in handy one day because likely that person or others they know are able to help you when you are in desperate need of tutoring on a subject yourself.
7. Network. Befriend the students and other staff who work on campus. They are valuable resources and may even know of upcoming job opportunities on campus. Who knows, you may hang out in one area so much that the staff have gotten to know you well enough that, when an open position becomes available, they just might offer you the job on the spot, without your having had asked.
8. Feeling anxious, depressed, suicidal or any other range of emotions? Always see a counselor. Most colleges have counselors on campus as students have a lot they must endure with school as well as life in general. This is a resource that is often free of charge for students.
Not only will you meet amazing people, but you will also begin to gain more confidence as a student and as a person as the year progresses!