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College is more than just "after high school". It opens up a whole new world to you, and you have many choices to make regarding your life. It's important to take all factors into consideration and prepare yourself for whatever may come.

Don't try to do everything in one semester. It's easy to be an overachiever when there's so much to do and everything's new. You will burn out quickly if you try to take the maximum number of credits and join every campus activity that sounds interesting. Take a reasonable number of credits and try one or two activities your first semester.

Apply for grants, scholarships and loans promptly. Sometimes the deadlines are very early in a student's high school senior year. This money can be very important. Find a solid system for managing your deadlines and submit your applications in a timely manner.

Avoid studying for big college exams the night before by taking in a lot of caffeine or other stimulants. While these things can keep you up and able to study for longer, they will make you very tired in the morning. After using chemical stimulants for a while, you will need more and more and that can be damaging to your overall physical and mental health.

Saying no to things that make you uncomfortable is just as important in college as it was when you lived with your parents. Many students experiment with alcohol or sex during their college years, but if you don't want to do these things, don't let anyone pressure you into them. Your college experience should be about having fun, exploring who you are and preparing for your future via your classes--not about doing things you don't truly want to do.

Pay off any debt in full each month. This will prevent you from having to pay penalties such as late fees. In general, you should try and only use your credit card for emergencies. You may want to use it to go out Awards and Prizes have fun, but your college goal is to learn. Financial worries can undermine your studies.

Buy textbooks secondhand. Textbooks can be quite expensive. Buying used textbook can be a wise investment to save money.

Choose a college that has an environment you'd enjoy exploring. In addition to a beautiful campus, your school should be in a city or town that you would enjoy exploring. You are going to be here for four years and might move into the surrounding community when you finish college, so make sure you enjoy where you will be living and studying.

If you are looking for a way to pay for college, do some research on scholarships. Many corporations and affinity groups set up scholarships that college applicants can apply for, based on a certain set of criteria. You may be surprised at what you can qualify for. Do not rule out an opportunity before you look into it.

Allow yourself to take breaks. While it is important to study, it is just as important to remember to take breaks during these study sessions. For every 60 minutes you study, take ten minutes for a break. Develop a schedule and work on adhering to it.

To get textbooks inexpensively look at a variety of online and offline textbook stores. College textbooks can be extremely expensive; however, with the abundance of places selling both used and new textbooks, you can keep within your budget. The college bookstore also offers textbooks for lease which can save you money.

Make friends with your roommate. Your roommate, or roommates, can be the best part of your college life or the worst. Do everything you can to foster a good relationship with them. You don't have to be the best of friends, but try your best to make sure you are friendly with each other.

Make certain to take breaks. Studying too much can easily burn you out. Your folks may want you to study all the time, but that really isn't wise. To remain on top of your game, take it easy.

Now you've got to start planning, since you have a better idea what to expect. You will be a successful student if you know what to expect and are ready to work hard.
 

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