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Tips for Students Starting College Spring Semester

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Posted on February 12, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

Starting college in the spring is slightly different than starting in the fall. There are many reasons that students choose to start classes in the spring, whether they preferred some more time between high school and college, or are transferring from another institution. Regardless of the reason, it's best to be as prepared as possible.

Check out some of these tips for starting at Delaware Valley University in the spring semester. 

Become familiar with the campus.

Before the spring semester actually begins, go to campus and see what buildings you have classes in. Make sure that you know how to get from one to another, especially following your daily schedule. Being aware of your surroundings will help you feel more comfortable and eliminate the fear of getting lost on campus. 

Be prepared for class.

While there may be some leeway the first day of classes in the fall, most professors jump right in to class at the beginning of the spring semester. Make sure you have all the materials you need such as the textbook, notebooks and pens. 

It's also beneficial to review the syllabus before the first day of classes, as well as to introduce yourself to the textbook. Understanding the overall basis of the class could help you get ahead in the class. 

Meet with your advisor.

When you start classes, it's best to meet with your advisor to make sure you're on the right path to graduation. He or she can help you determine what courses you'll need to take for the remaining semesters. 

Your advisor is also a good resource for information about the college in general. They can answer questions outside of the academic realm to help make your adjustment easier.

Tell people you're new.

It might seem awkward at first, but don't be afraid to mention to people in conversation that you're just starting at the college. Most people want to help new students because they were also new at one point or another. They may help you with questions you may have about the campus or maybe some of the classes you're attending. You may even make a new friend or two. 

Join a club or organization.

Between classes and studying, participate in a club or organization to spend time with your peers and engage in an interest of yours. Loosening up and doing something fun is a great way to get accustomed to the college and to feel comfortable. It's also the perfect opportunity to meet new people who share the same interests as you. 

Starting college in the spring semester is different from starting in the fall, but it definitely is not a set-back. Make sure to keep these tips in mind and you'll be ahead of the game in no time. For more information, click here to visit DelVal's blog.