Based on my own experiences as a freshman in college, I would like to share with you my best advice about college and how to prepare for it. At this point, some of the information may seem unnecessary or useless, but I can safely say that it will make sense of the things you are soon going to be facing. . . .
It’s very useful to know what you should bring with you to college, so I’ve made a list of the top 10 things I think you should have with you and what to bring to college:

  1. A computer
  2. A writer’s reference book and office supplies
  3. An alarm clock and a watch
  4. A variety of clothes for all weather conditions
  5. A shower caddy, to carry all your bathroom supplies back and forth
  6. Medicine for every kind of illness and a first aid kit for emergencies
  7. A refrigerator
  8. Lamps and plants (to brighten up the room)
  9. Quarters for your laundry
  10. A good attitude

Students guide to collegeFor several years, I’ve been looking for a book for my freshmen on how to succeed in college. It turns out that there are a lot of them, but none of them do quite what I had hoped they would. They talk about study techniques, using the library, keeping a project calendar — that sort of stuff. Now, all of this is useful, but it doesn’t get to the heart of what I think students need to know in order to really thrive in college — not just survive. So, what follows is based on my almost-thirty years as a professor, my work with students, and my discussions with other professors.