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Helpful Hints for a Successful C-N Experience from Current C-N Students

  • Go to class! It is vital to your academic success, and your professors will notice.
  • Learn to manage your time.
  • Participate in Welcome Week activities and Howdy Hoot. You will meet some lifelong friends there.
  • Learn how to wash your clothes, sheets and towels, and then do it on a regular basis.
  • Learn how to manage your money.
  • Introduce yourself to your professors and interact with them on a regular basis. They are real people, too.
  • Try not to register for 8:00 am classes if you think you won’t be able to make it.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Academic work in university is a lot more intensive than in high school, and it can really pile up.
  • Start building your resume now. Think about how your choice of summer jobs can enhance your career goals.
  • Do some volunteer work. Investigate some cool internships.
  • Call your parent’s frequently - and not just to ask for money.
  • Social activities are important, but remember that your primary purpose for being at C-N is your academic achievement.
  • Know what resources C-N has and use them when you need to.
  • We have free tutoring, free personal counseling and free academic support.
  • Get out of your comfort zone. Try to meet people who are different from you. Take classes that sound interesting. Take advantage at the diverse opportunities C-N has to offer.
  • Take time to relax and exercise. We have a great student center - use it.
  • Do some community service. Community Connections can help you find a place to serve. You will be glad you did.
  • Be yourself. Starting university is like starting over. Become the person you wish you could have been in high school.
  • Take advantage of the free stuff and events at C-N.
  • Remember to apply for financial aid all four years.
  • Place your alarm clock out of arms reach, so that you will have to get up to turn it off.
  • You will have to study a lot harder than you did in high school.
  • Avoid getting a credit card. It is easy for college students to get into major debt. If you have to have one, make sure you have the funds to pay it off each month.
  • Look into study abroad opportunities. It will open up a whole new world, plus it is harder to travel after you graduate and get a job.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Chances are you are not the only one who wants the answer.
  • If you live on campus, don’t go home every weekend. You will miss out on a lot of stuff if you do.
  • Take some risks! Life is about the adventure.
  • Find a church and get involved. There are a ton of churches in the area with college and university student programs.
  • Don’t cheat. It hurts you more in the long run.
  • Attend our sporting events. We have some of the best university athletics in the area, and it is a blast.
  • Have fun and enjoy your years at Carson-Newman.

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