There are a lot of challenges to face when you start college. Though your family and educational background is a great asset, it is important to remember that you may need extra support from FAU faculty and staff. Here are some things to think about:
What if your parents did not attend college? Since your parents did not attend college, you may need some added support from college staff and faculty to help you obtain basic knowledge about college and how to make your years here successful. Please know that your Freshman Advisor or SLS instructor is here to help you gain that knowledge.
What if English is not your first language? Students who learn English as a secondary language may need additional support in getting through particular courses. The Writing Center (www.fau.edu/UCEW) is a great (and free) resource to make sure your writing meets or exceeds college standards.
In some cultures, people who seek help are seen as weak. Please know that at FAU our BEST students are those who seek help. Even if you are doing well in a class, a little tutoring or extra help from a professor can bring you from a B+ to an A! Multicultural Affairs offers free tutoring and cultural support. Please visit them in SSB room 224.
Do you have to work while you are in college? Well you aren’t alone… 50% of full-time college students work while enrolled. (Kattner, 2001)
If you have to work while in school, find a job ON-CAMPUS. Research shows that students who work ON-CAMPUS part-time are the most successful college students . Working on-campus helps you to meet students and staff who can assist you when you have problems. Campus jobs are also more flexible than off-campus jobs because they tend to work around your class and exam schedules. Part-time work also forces students to manage their time between classes, work, studying and fun!
Students who work off-campus (especially full-time off-campus), are at the greatest risk to leave school without completing a degree program. If you must work more than 20 hours per week, be sure to take advantage of resources to help you be successful. Be prepared to work harder than others to complete your degree while juggling work (and often other) commitments.