Seven Tips to Help You Survive and Thrive in College

Published on 22 August 2018

The start of college can be an intimidating time. But with some effort, your years at St. Louis College of Pharmacy could be some of the best years of your life.  Following is some sage advice for those beginning their journey at the College.
  1. Get involved on campus
  • Join a club, participate in intramural sports or perform in theatrical shows. Also be sure to attend events offered on campus. They’re a good way to meet people you may never cross paths with in class or in the residence halls. See what’s available on campus and discover what you’re passionate about. Getting out and getting involved will help make you feel like you’re truly a part of the campus community.

  1. Get to know your professors
  • Building relationships with your professors will help you develop a professional network quickly. Ask for help, talk with them after class or stop by during office hours. One day, your professors will return the favor by providing a much needed recommendation or some friendly advice.
  1. Take some time for yourself
  • There are lots of demands that come with school and social life, and it’s important to remember to take time to relax. A good place to start is through physical fitness.  Staying active is good for both physical and mental health, and exercise provides an opportunity to de-stress and focus on something other than your studies. The College offers free access to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, so be sure to take advantage of them while you’re here.
  1. Explore the neighborhood and city
  • The College’s campus is located in the Central West End, one of the most famous and well-known neighborhoods in St. Louis. Just steps from campus you’ll find great restaurants, shops, cafes and entertainment venues. Off campus, you also want to explore some of St. Louis’ 79 distinct neighborhoods and the many hidden gems within them.
  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • College can be stressful. If you feel overwhelmed, reach out to your peers and professionals for help. The College offers counseling, tutoring and advising through the Student Success Center. You don’t have to go through the tough times alone. And be sure to call home. Family and friends want to hear what’s happening in your life.
  1. Be open to meeting new people
  • Coming to college opens you to diverse world views and backgrounds. Be open to meeting new people and embracing new ideas. You may learn something new or find a viewpoint you never considered. Welcoming the opinions and cultures of others will aid in your development throughout college and help you grow as a well-rounded individual.
  1. Keep up with class work
  • Don’t get so caught up in socializing that you put class work on the back burner. Finding the perfect balance of socialization and school is the key to success.
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