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- Remember, life at college is very different from what you experienced in high school. You can recreate yourself to be anything that you want to be.
- You may feel like you have a lot of free time, but remember that you must take the initiative to buckle down on your own. If you are used to someone (family, teachers, etc.) always asking you if your work is done, this will be very different. It is now your responsibility to know what you have to do and when it is due, and then budget your time to make it happen.
- If you have had an experience at a different college or university, be open-minded to the opportunities at MCC. No two places are the same. It is important to get to know the MCC campus, offices, and people who can help you.
- Get to know the students in your classes. These may very well be the students who you will see throughout your time at MCC and can be a very important support group. You will be expected to work in groups, so it helps to know who you may be assigned to work with in a group project.
- Know where your time goes and use it wisely. Use your family or other support systems to help you identify areas you may have to change or adjust.
- Get to know your professors. They will be invaluable to you as you pursue your education.
- Get involved outside of classes. It is a proven fact that students who make some connection to the institution – by being involved in a club or organization, in an on-campus job, or by getting to know the other students, faculty and staff – are more successful in the long run and tend to stay to meet their educational goals.
Returning Adult Students
- Be patient, relaxed, and focused when dealing with school related people and situations.
- If you have been away from MCC for a period of time, take a fresh look at the campus. Do not assume that things are the same now as they were the last time you attended. Policies, procedures and other information may have changed so save some time by reacquainting with the campus.
- Do not be intimidated by the idea of returning to school as an adult student. Remember: you are not alone.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Take a campus tour and learn where buildings and offices are located.
- Become familiar with school administrators. It will help you to know your financial aid advisor, admissions counselor, and academic advisor. MCC has specialized staff personnel who specialize in nontraditional student populations.
- Ask about your educational options. MCC offers night and weekend classes. Classes may also be offered at more convenient off-campus locations. If you have young children, take time to learn more about the on-campus day care.
- Get involved. You can meet many of your fellow students by attending the Returning Adult Orientation. Take advantage of study groups and labs.
- Be efficient and creative with your study time. Utilize shorter time spans to study rather than trying to set aside two hours at once. Review your notes at lunch or while waiting for a doctor's appointment. The amount of possible study time will surprise you.
- Be flexible with your normal routines. Don't get stressed out over a dirty house or an overgrown lawn. Ask your family or friends to help you out.
- Be positive and enthusiastic about your educational adventure. Everyone can succeed!
(courtesy of ecampustours.com)