For those who attend school at any of the Los Rios Community Colleges, the first week is behind you. You are enrolled in classes, you've got your books, well most of you, and the new semester is rolling right along. But how do you stay afloat this semester?
Two really important things that are required in order to successfully complete a semester at an school are prioritize and ask questions.
You have to prioritize. What is more important, books or Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz tickets?
For Los Rios students, this past Friday was "Financial Aid Day" or First Disbursement for many students. Many students misuse their financial aid money to go to concerts, go clubbing and other non-school related purchases.
"I can't even count how many people I know who are going to blow off their financial aid." said Trevor Le,a third year and Sacramento City College.
But prioritizing funds is not the only issue.Community College has it's share of partying. Should you go to that party, or got to bed early because you have class at 7:30? Even if you're not a party animal, things come up. You may have to prioritize between work, school, friends, and family. You must figure out what is more important to you.
"Part of going to school is giving up parts of your social life at times." said Tanisha Hargrave, now an incoming third year transfer student to Sac State." You'll miss some hangouts with your friends, some parties, maybe even family get-togethers because you have a paper due."
Ultimately you'll decide what's important and what can wait.
Asking questions will get you through your semester more than you would think.
According to University of Louisiana, Lafayette, "Asking questions prevents many unnecessary and totally avoidable headaches by both the student and the instructor."
Yes, in college you do have access to you instructors while not in class but it is best to ask questions in class for the following reasons
- The instructor is in front of you. In the digital age, you can just email, maybe even text you instructor. But more often than not, you will not get an immediate response. It's best to ask any question you have in class, when you have the instructor there. This will also lessen the chance for miscommunication or misinterpretation.
- Your instructors have lives too. Do you think your instructor wants to spend their free time answering student questions all the time. Let them live.
- Someone else may have the same question. Have you ever had the same question as someone else and they dared to ask but you didn't? It helped didn't it? Chances are someone has that exact same question but they are afraid or don't know how to phrase the question. You may be helping someone else in the process of helping yourself.
So now that the college ball is rolling, roll along, but don't let the ball crush you. Prioritize your life and ask questions and you will have a minimal stress semester!
Even if you're not a community college student, you should prioritize and ask questions, maybe a bit more.
Here's a video about surviving college, although they barely hit on some of the point we addressed today, it's still very helpful information. Have a great semester!