Welcome and prepare for success
Greetings students! The beginning of the academic year is right around the corner. You’ve had Orientation, moved into your housing, and now its time to begin your Georgia State journey. Here are a few tips to consider as the semester begins:
- Take a walk. Before the first day of classes, walk your entire schedule. That way, you know where your classes are and how to get to them. You don’t want to be late on the first day trying to find a classroom or find out that a short break between classes isn’t enough time to get where you’re going.
- Take a ride. Get to know the transportation options around campus. Panther Express, MARTA, and the Street Car are great options for getting around Georgia State and the greater downtown area.
- Make a plan. For many of you, this will be the first time that you have large amounts of unstructured free time during the day. This is both exciting, and worrisome. On one hand, you have time for homework, hobbies, friends, and exploring the area around campus. On the other, no one will be making sure that you accomplish all of your tasks each week within that time. Buy a planner or calendar and schedule things like class assignments, laundry, and errands. That way everything gets done and you enjoy your free time.
- Come together. Get to know people in your class and start studying and reviewing class material well advanced of your first assignment. That way you are ready when it comes time for a test or paper and you have made a group of friends you can socialize with.
- Don’t be afraid to engage. This is a new experience, and it can seem overwhelming. You’re in a new place with new people, studying new subjects. There will be opportunity to speak in class, meet new friends, and be apart of enriching clubs and groups. Don’t let the fear of putting yourself out there hold you back. You are apart of the Panther Family, and you are here to grow. Have a great time!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. While this is an exciting time, sometimes, you might find yourself in need of assistance. Use the campus resources available to you like the Counseling and Testing Center, Student Health Services, and the University Advisement Center if you need them. Don’t know where to look? Ask an Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Professor or Administrator.
- Have fun. This is such an exciting time! You are embarking on a journey of development and enrichment. Enjoy every minute of it!
- Participate in Panther Welcome programs.