10 Tips for College Success: Advice for Your First Year at SLU
Somewhere between turning the key to your dorm room for the first time and being handed
your first college class syllabus at Saint Louis University, you'll also get some
Fall Welcome at SLU is full of tips for college success from current students and
university leaders. Here are some of our favorite.
10. Take Care of Yourself
Eat right. Drink moderately. Exercise. Get enough sleep.
Most of you are on your own for the first time. Don't use your independence to eat
junk food, be a couch potato or turn into a zombie.
9. Be Resilient
Here's the truth: college is hard work. It is a challenge — one that requires resilience,
commitment and serious dedication. Reflect, pray, meditate and go for your dreams
with renewed energy. Whatever your challenge, give it your all.
8. Ask for Help
With all of the pressures that come with being in college, you may feel at times like
a tribute in the Hunger Games. Your SLU safety net includes Student Health and Counseling, Campus Ministry, and, of course, your resident advisers. Trust them. And please remember: there is
no shame in asking for help.
7. March to Your Own Beat
This is your time to find your footing, to discover your voice and, perhaps, even
to reinvent yourself in discovering your true potential and to fulfill it. Trust yourself.
Take a chance. Take prudent risks! You might fail, but that's OK. After all, trying
is a true act of bravery.
6. Stand Up for Others
Saint Louis University is committed — in words and in actions — to social justice.
We believe in helping everybody. Embrace people of all ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs and sexual orientations.
Interact with people from around the world. With people who are different than you.
Remember, it's not enough just to be tolerant. Be accepting.
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat (the_billiken) and text messaging are great ways to stay in touch, but
don't forget to build real-world, person-to-person relationships. You will make lifelong
friends at SLU. So sign out, log off and shut down your electronics — at least from
time to time.
4. Play Hooky
Well, not really. You owe it to yourselves (and your parents) to attend every class,
to complete every lab assignment, and to pay close attention to your professors' lectures.
But get involved. Volunteer for a worthy cause, join a club sport, explore our SLU-Midtown
Neighborhood or visit the Saint Louis University Art Museum or one of the city’s other
3. Lighten Up
If you remember to laugh — especially about yourself — you will arrive at your college
graduation with a grounded perspective, an abundance of coping skills and an appreciation
for the joy that is all around us. So, don't take yourself too seriously.
2. Make Prudent Choices
Now that you are beyond school bells and curfews, please make choices that do not
embarrass yourself or, even worse, your family. Avoid unnecessary risks and unwise
behaviors. One night's bad judgment could wipe out your future. So use common sense
and make wise choices. And know that it's OK to say "no."
1. Have Faith
Consider your relationship with God. Nurture that relationship. Respect others' beliefs,
and live by your own values, principles and ethics, as well as by "The Golden Rule."
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