Now that it is the second semester of my junior year, I have learned a few simple things that have helped me be successful at Eastern:
- Get involved.
- Talk to your professors.
- Manage your time.
You have to manage your time in college. Buy a planner and use it. You may have gotten away with not using a planner in high school like I did, but there are so many things going on at ENMU that you are bound to forget something if you don’t write it down.
- Take advantage of the resources offered.
ENMU offers a lot of resources that will help you be successful. For example, you can go to the library to do some research. You can also find some journals from home using the Golden Library’s periodical database, which you can access through your student portal. Don’t forget about the Writing Center and the free tutoring that is offered, as well.
- Maintain balance.
As a freshman, I learned how important it is to get involved on campus. For my first semester, I mostly went to class, did assignments in the library and stayed in my dorm... boring! However, my second semester I began to get involved. I applied for an on campus job and attended more university events. As a result, I made a lot of friends. Being involved with clubs, organizations or even a job on campus will allow you to make connections with people and make your Eastern experience more exciting.
Your professors are here at Eastern for a reason. They love to teach. Getting to know your professors at the beginning of the semester will show you care about what they are teaching and that you care about your grade. Don’t forget they have a lot of office hours available, especially if you are confused about something they covered in class. The professors at ENMU want to help you succeed!
College will be extremely exciting and busy, so don’t forget to maintain balance. While it is great to spend a lot of time studying and making connections with people, don’t forget to rest. Take a little bit of time for yourself each day.