During Orientation and Beyond

  • Come to Bear Essentials on time, plan to stay the entire time, and come prepared with an open mind and good attitude.
  • Bring a picture ID.
  • Bring a sweater if you get cold easily and an umbrella if rain is in the forecast.
  • Make sure you pay for your classes BEFORE the deadline.
  • Be sure to check your GGC email for important information.
  • Be sure to check the Academic Calendar for upcoming deadlines and due dates.
  • Go to your classes each and every week.

Interact with Faculty and Staff   

  • Talk with your mentor about your interests, your concerns and what college courses/programs can enhance your knowledge.
  • Contact your professors with questions about course requirements or any concerns about your courses.
  • Take advantage of campus resources. Know what these resources are and use them when you need to:

Academic Enhancement Center
Career Development and Advising Center
Counseling and Psychological Services
Disability Services
Kaufman Library
New Student Connections
Student Involvement
Technology Helpdesk
Wellness and Recreation Center

Develop Connections with Your Peers

  • Check Grizzly Days opportunities on the Get Involved website.
  • Participate in study groups.
  • Check out student organizations.
  • Attend student activities. Find out what activities are available on the Get Involved website.


  • March through the Arch.
  • Go to Grizzly Days opportunities.
  • Join a student organization.
  • Learn who your Student Government Association members are. Consider running for freshman positions in SGA.
  • Volunteer.
  • Attend special events with invited speakers who can inform your thinking about a future career.

Develop Good Life Habits

  • Attend class.
  • Regularly check GGC email.
  • Prepare for class (do your homework, preview reading, review notes).
  • Be respectful to other people, in the classroom, in person in email communications.
  • Be open to new ideas.
  • Study effectively (set regular study times, use an organized study plan).
  • Get a planner (paper or electronic) and write in important dates.
  • Avoid behaviors that inhibit your success (skipping class, plagiarism, etc.).

Successful Students Do These Things

  • Interact with faculty and staff.
  • Develop connections with peers.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities and civic engagement opportunities.
  • Adopt responsible patterns of behavior.
  • Develop basic library research skills.
  • Develop basic critical thinking skills.
  • Develop the ability to use appropriate technology to access campus resources.
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