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Tips for College Success

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - College students are getting ready to head back to school.

Emily Mass, the Intrem Director of Admission at Northwood University, has some tips on what students should do to succeed.

Connect Early with Your Academic Advisor:  With the goal of ensuring your academic journey is a smooth one, your academic advisor is trained to help you avoid unexpected academic, financial aid, and extracurricular snares.

Prioritize academic, athletic and social goals: Taking on too much too soon can derail academic success. Ensure that grades and extracurricular assignments are a priority, and everything else will follow.

Organization is Key to Academic Success:  "Yesterday's lazy makes today crazy!" Prepare for classes and extracurricular assignments well in advance and set-up reminders with helpful hand held devices, organizers and calendars.  

Confirm Your Class Schedule Early: Don't wait until the last minute to register for classes – know where your classes are located, review the syllabus, and read up a little about the subject matter in advance.

Stock-up on Healthy Snacks: Worried about gaining the "Freshman Fifteen"? Stock-up on healthy snacks to fuel your mind during those midnight study sessions.

Take advantage of university study tools: Familiarize yourself with the many resources available to help you excel academically. College libraries and learning resource centers will become invaluable, as will their many online resources.

Connect Early with the Career Services Office: Introduce yourself to the Career Services Office, and stay in touch to learn more about the many internship and employment opportunities that prepare both existing students and graduates for rewarding careers.

Stay connected with your home base: While college life offers healthy independence, it's always important to stay grounded. Check in regularly with mom and dad to help ease the transition for all of you.

Become involved in student leadership roles: A recent university study finds that students achieved much higher rates of retention and graduation and maintained better GPA's when they engaged in student leadership positions.

Don't follow the crowd: College offers an opportunity to discover your passion and to create your own destiny.  When the crowd isn't following the road you'd like, create your own path. You may be amazed at the destination!

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