Preparing for College

Starting college can be an exciting and overwhelming time for students.  Here are some tips to consider when preparing for the semester ahead:

  1. Time Management – Get organized with your class schedule and plan to create a study schedule that works for you.  Be aware of what distractions may be time vampires — such as social media — and eliminate them so you can make room for more valuable ways to spend your time. For help with time management, see the Academic Strategist … me!
  2. Be Resourceful – Resourceful students are successful students. Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness, so be open to reaching out for help.  You will most certainly face challenges, and knowing where to get help when you need it is key to managing those challenges effectively.  Find out what services are available on campus, and consider introducing yourself to MHC support staff early on.  Here is a link to the services available: https://www.mhc.ab.ca/Services
  3. Attend Orientations – There is a lot of valuable information given at student orientations.  Be sure to attend those that apply to you and take detailed notes so you can refer to them later. This can be a good opportunity to meet instructors and fellow students, and can help you get connected.
  4. Self-Care – Starting classes can be overwhelming, so looking after yourself should be a priority. Consistent, healthy habits create consistent positive results. Proper sleep, exercise, time with friends, music, and time in nature are all examples of self-care practices. Identify what activities and habits work for you and be sure to add them to your schedule.

Author: Justine McKennie

Academic Strategist at Medicine Hat College. I am passionate about genuinely empowering students to take control of their academic experience and habits of working so they can have the most fulfilling journey possible at MHC.

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