by Ashley Spratley and Ian Wheeler, Graduate Communications Assistants
As we spend the summer preparing for the start of a new school year, here are some tips that we have for incoming students that we hope will make your transition to VCU successful.
- Note the major that is a best fit for you! When choosing your major figure out a list of topics that you know that you are passionate about. When you figure out the major stick to it so that you can graduate in a timely fashion.
- Do the Math! – So you may wonder what does it mean to “Do the math.” In order to graduate in four years, we strongly encourage you to register and complete 15 credit hours per semester. When you do this, you can make sure you save money (by graduating in four years instead of six) as well as complete all of your degree requirements on time.
- Continue looking ways to pay for college — apply for financial assistance via grants, scholarships and loans. The financial burden can be hard when it comes to college, but one tip is to stay focused on your studies by trying not to work a full time job. Maybe a part-time job can be beneficial to help with dealing with the financial burden that comes with being a full-time student in school.
- Meet with your advisor regularly to make sure you’re on the right track to complete your coursework in a timely fashion.
- Join clubs to start networking to meet colleagues who have similar goals!
- Begin looking for internships in your field of study, so you can build a more marketable resume’. If you’re not looking for internships but want more insight, try shadowing someone in your desired field to gain a deeper perspective. Learning what you don’t want to do is just as important as learning what you do want to do!
- In his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” famed educator Stephen Covey discusses the importance of “beginning with the end in mind.” Your four years at VCU may seem like a long time but keeping your end goals in mind will help the time pass and keep you on track!
Keep these tips in mind and you will be well on your way to a successful start. We look forward to seeing you around campus this fall!