Advice for Success
Congratulations on becoming part of the Augusta State University community. The Orientation staff have put together advice for being successful at ASU.
1. Remember that you are not alone.
Everyone is nervous when they begin college. Orientation is the best place for you to start meeting your classmates and others who will be important to your academic success. Be yourself, and youíll find yourself at ease before the end of the day.
2. Ask questions of your Orientation Leader.
If they donít know the answer, they will find it. However, they are a great source of information, and they have been selected to participate in Orientation because they are friendly, caring and they know what itís like to be a new student at ASU.
3. Go to all Orientation activities.
The more you do, the more people you meet, the more you learn, and the easier your transition will be to ASU.
4. Branch out.
You may start ASU with the same group of students you knew in high school. Or you may live in student housing with others who share your same interest. However, donít limit yourself. Make friends with other students who may be diverse in backgrounds, ages, ethnicity and race. Be open and respectful of differences, remembering that you are all here for the same purpose.
5. College really is harder than high school.
You may not believe it yet, but it is something youíll find our in your first year at ASU. Everyone may get a bad grade now and then, but the important thing is not to get discouraged. Keep up with your studies and manage your time wisely. ASU has academic resources to help you succeed-but itís up to you to use them.
6. Learn the ropes.
Orientation will help you become more comfortable at ASU right from the beginning. Learn the names of classroom buildings, where to find the library, where vending machines are located and most importantly, learn the hours they are open. The quicker you learn the ropes, the better your university experience will be. Donít ever be afraid to ask someone for help, everyone at ASU wants to help.
7. Know how to succeed.
Introduce yourself to your professors and learn their office hours. Youíll receive a class syllabus on the first day of class detailing class expectations and activities. If it is unclear, ask questions. Also, just because they may not take attendance does not mean you should not go to class. When it comes to a borderline grade, your attendance and participation make a difference. Your professors will get to know you; find opportunities to interact with your major professors. When you are scheduling your classes, use your advisor for help, youíll be glad you did.
8. Be careful with plastic.
You need to carry your JagCard (Student ID) when on campus, which can also be used as a debit card in the bookstore, food court and some vending machines. Students who receive financial aid will also have a Higher One card, which if selected, may be used as a debit or charge card. Be careful, when using any ďplasticĒ so you donít incur debt or go through your money too quickly.
9. Use your cell phone wisely and prudently.
Cell phones are a source of classroom disruption. Turn off your cell phone or set it to vibrate. Tell your friends not to call you during class time. If an emergency situation exists that requires you to have your cell phone on during class (such as family illness), let the professor know before the class begins and exit the room to receive the call. Also, choose to ďOpt InĒ to the emergency text messaging system at ASU. Not only will you be informed of real emergency situations that may arise on campus, you will be notified when weather conditions may force the closure of campus (and save you a trip to ASU).
10. Have fun.
ASU is your home-away-from home. If you live in student housing, life with a roommate requires communication and compromise. Housing offers a wide range of activities, both social and academic, that will keep you busy outside of class. Even if you are a commuting student, the amenties and activities offered at ASU can keep you busy, so you have less time for family. Call home often; itís always appreciated. You will find activities among the more than 70 student organizations offered at ASU that you could join. Find something that interests you and get involved.
Augusta State offers so many activities, clubs, and resources-everything from fraternities and sororities to clubs and organizations to intramurals and a fitness center. ASU also offers athletic events and on-campus social events. Find something youíre interested in and get involved.