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Starting a journey at a college university can be very nerve wrecking for many people, especially when studying miles away from home in a new environment. The benefit of attending college with new people gives you a chance to “re-create you” and become the best you that you can be. Some people who come to college wanting a fresh beginning get caught up in the hype during the social aspects of their college experiences. I found “college devotions” most helpful in the completion of my first year of college. Here are some devotions that I believe you too will consider helpful throughout your college matriculation.

Individuality: Be an individual and recognize who you are as a person, so that you don’t follow the crowd. Knowing yourself as an individual will give you enough discipline to govern yourself. It is important to know your limits and what you stand for in life, so that you will not follow the crowd. You will find that learning to say no to some college parties, wiser than not studying for a significant college test that will factor into your final grade. Have individuality and make your own decisions based off of what is best for your own academic success.

Perspective: Along with being independent in college is having a perspective; the ability to use wise judgment to pick a side when analyzing sticky situations. Just think about how many people with various backgrounds will be attending your school to achieve a higher education. However, not everyone is at a collegiate level of maturity and love DRAMA! It is helpful to have a perspective to analyze who in college is there to play, and who is there to work. This way you can have a good reputation among your college peers and professors. Also keeping achievers in your circle will keep you challenged on your toes.
Preparation: The moment you set foot on campus the clock starts ticking! Planning ahead will help you stay ahead. It never hurts to review your notes before and after class. Organize your class assignments in a planner according to their responsive deadlines, so that you can check off and manage your work load. This goes for projects, meetings, and campus events. Having a visual idea of your schedule will allow you to plan your weekends accordingly and will allow you to see how much time you have for relaxation. You may even find extra time on your hands to amend your resume. Be prepared and make every second count! There is always a way to be productive. Preparation is key to college survival.

Curiosity: There is a difference between being curious and aware, than being nosey and not minding your own business. Try not to confuse the two. If ever you are in doubt, or in need of assistance about college life ask for help. Many HBCU’s embrace sisterhood and brotherhood, so do ask upperclassman for their mentorship. You may find their experiences about Greek life, financial assistance, and courses beneficial to you. When in doubt ask questions, but please ask the right questions.

Involvement: Lastly, get the most out of your college experience! Whether it is joining a club, studying abroad, or playing a sport stay active and engage with other students to build long lasting networks. Invest in your future and talk to notable alumnae and speakers, who visit your campus that you aspire to become. They may know a few people who can be of assistance to achieving your goals. Most importantly, whatever you do decide to become involved in please and be committed! Don’t join a club just to add it to your resume. It is not all about the numbers, and peers will take note of your work ethic and attendance when writing recommendations in your favor for internships.

Going to college is the best experience I believe every African American should have. Going into my senior year at Bennett College with a 3.9 GPA, I believe my first year of college geared my years that followed toward success. Remember these devotions that I mentioned and don’t forget to focus on the most vital part of attending college. Education! Good luck.
Posted By: Elynor Moss
Monday, October 29th 2012 at 6:07PM
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