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Preparing for college tips

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Preparing for college: Finances

There are costs that go beyond tuition, fees and books. There are also opportunities that can have a cost associated with them and aren't often, such as:


For a student that is living off campus, whether it is at home or in an apartment, there are traveling fees to and from campus to think about. Students will also have to consider parking on campus and mishaps, such as having to pay for a parking ticket. Budgeting for gas, maintenance, and repairs will be needed. For out-of-state students, thinking about traveling back home for the holidays or special family events can add up in cost.

Clubs and organizations

The best way to get connected to your new campus is to get involved. Becoming a member of a club or organization will not only help boost your resume, but will also help you feel connected to other students on campus. Some organizations have fees associated with membership or will have events or items that can cost extra money.

The unexpected

Trips to the campus health clinic, dropping your phone or having a computer that needs new anti-virus are some of the unexpected things that can come up during a student’s time on campus. It is always good to have a savings for when these unplanned events arrive.

Personal items

Personal items range from buying shampoo to going out to dinner for a friends' birthday. Some may be needed more than others, but all may seem important to a student. Budgeting for these things can help ease some stress later.

Online resources

Paying for college can be stressful, especially as an entering first year student. Here are some resources that can help students and parents ease the stress and answer questions surrounding paying for college.

  • My College Money Plan is a website designed at Wichita State to help college students and parents across the nation to learn more about finances surrounding college. It also offers tutorials on different financial subjects.
  • Money Moments was created by a collaboration from ASU, Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, and MidFirst Bank to help ASU students learn more about loans, budget, savings, etc.

Preparing for college: high school vs. college

College provides students with the opportunity to exercise their abilities as adults. It's the student’s responsibility to keep track of their grades. In high school, a student would usually be at school all day. As a college student, there may be only one class scheduled for that day. The theme in college is that there's more freedom than in high school. Use this freedom wisely! Here are some tips to help you stay successful in college

Get organized

A professor will hand out a syllabus (a packet of information explaining when topics will be discussed and when assignments are due). There will typical there will not be any announcements about when assignments are due, but the professor will entrust the students to keep up with the schedule on the syllabus. Get a planner and use it! Or, enter your assignments on your phone so that a notification will go off to remind you.

Schedule time to study

As mentioned before, there may be a day when there will only be one or two classes on your schedule. It can be very tempting to use the rest of the day to nap or hang out with friends. Beware that college is about retaining the information for yourself. There are no worksheets passed out during class or hardly and homework but to study and retain the information that was given in lecture. Taking time every day to go over the information will be less daunting. Make sure you find a study schedule that works for you.

Take initiative

In college, professors will talk about their office hours (this is time where they will be in their office and students can come in to ask any questions they may have about their grades, course content, etc.) and it will be up to the student to attend to them. Students that take the initiative and meet with their professor in their office hours will see that they personalized tutoring and have an opportunity to ask questions they may feel shy to ask in front of the whole class. Professor will get to know your name and be able to help you succeed in their course.

Tutoring is good

In high school, there seems to be a stigma around going to tutoring. In college, going to tutoring is the norm! There is a great amount of information to remember in college and tutoring helps ease the burden. Do not be afraid to look for help and to do it early on! Waiting until the last two weeks of school to get your grades in order is not the best choice. If you are proactive early on, there will be less stress about getting grades up.