Take the time to stay on campus. At the beginning, you will want to go home as much as possible, but you should try to stay here. College is a great transition into the real world.
If you’re feeling homesick, call home. Talk to familiar people. Everyone gets homesick at one point; don’t think you’re the only one.
Make new friends! Put yourself out there, don’t be shy, and talk to people. You’ll find your best friends here but only if you look for them.
Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone. Most learning and experiences happen outside your comfort zone. You will be amazed at what you can really do if you set your mind to it.
Doylestown is a great area to be near – lots of nice shops and restaurants. Take some time and walk around – it’s great exercise!
Get involved! It’s a great way to get out and meet new people. There are lots of clubs and organizations on campus to join.
If you want to start a new organization that’s always an option too – any student can start a new club on campus.
If you have nothing to do during your downtime , check out the Student Life Calendar for upcoming night and weekend events
STUDY! High school work may have required little effort, but college work is much more challenging.
Create study groups with friends to help motivate you, along with study playlists on iTunes.
The professors are here for YOU – don’t be afraid to go to their office hours with questions.
Go to class. Even one “C” in a class can hinder your overall grade point average.
Don’t be afraid to seek out peer tutoring in you’re struggling in a particular class.
Pay close attention to classes and all handouts given. Use the class syllabus to mentally prepare for what is to come.
Have fun while still maintaining your work load. You don’t want deprive yourself of leisure time. You still need to have a good time while keeping up with school work.
Manage your time wisely. Schedule everything for the week including classes, work, clubs/organizations, studying…and some time for you.
Time is of the essence, so don’t procrastinate.
Make use of resources on campus, such as the Krauskopf Library, the Center for Student Professional Development, the Writing Center and your advisor’s wisdom.
Don’t be afraid to ask student and professional staff members for help. The professors, professional staff, OLs, RAs, and many others are here for the success of the students.
Get to know upperclass students. They are your best resource for information about teachers, classes, and everyday campus problems.
Check your DelVal email on a daily basis – you’ll receive important information from professors, classmates and offices on campus.
Don’t be afraid to work while you’re in college! The income will come in handy and for many students, Federal Work Study is part of their financial aid package at DelVal.
Try to find a job on campus or with an outside employer that is welcoming of college student employees – your work schedule should complement your academic schedule, not overwhelm it.
To save money, attend events that are sponsored by DelVal when you’re looking for something to do. You’ll make new friends and have fun at no cost to you.
Socializing and Personal Responsibility
Realize that you are in college now and are responsible for yourself.
Don’t try too hard to make friends; it will happen naturally.
Don’t be shy! Make as many friends as you can. Everyone is new and nervous as well.
Be yourself. Be open to new ideas and people. Your fellow peers will be the ones you spend the most time with throughout the next four years.
Just because no one else is doing it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. If you want to go to an event or join a club you are interested in, but can’t find someone to go with you, do it anyway. You will end up meeting people with similar interests to make friends with.
Delaware Valley College is rated one of the best colleges in the Northeast.