“At our convocations, I give our freshmen an idea of what’s ahead and how to better manage their time,” says William Van Buskirk, Ph.D., provost of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). “All colleges are difficult but being in any college, let alone a competitive technological university like NJIT, can be a demanding experience even to seniors. To freshmen, though, it can be downright terrifying. ”
Nevertheless, if freshmen begin their year with strong, productive habits, they will encounter a richer and more rewarding college experience. At NJIT’s recent convocation, Van Buskirk offered the newest class a half dozen practical tips.
1. Work Hard At School
2. Limit Outside Employment
3. Join a Study Group
4. Teach Your Study Group
5. Befriend A Professor
To meet professors out of class, visit them during their office hours. And don’t be put off, if a professor seems cold or reserved. “You may be surprised to hear this, but many of my colleagues are simply shy and need you to break the ice,” Van Buskirk says.
6. Play Tourist
For Newark, which incidentally happens to be a growing college town, Van Buskirk suggests reading Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, American Pastoral. He also advocates visiting Newark’s famous Ironbound section, the world’s largest Portuguese community outside of Portugal, attending cultural events at the nearby downtown Performing Arts Center, and hopping a train to take advantage of nearby New York City’s vast cultural offerings.
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