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 Claw Mail (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:
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.
- Attend special events with invited speakers who can inform your thinking about a future career.
Develop Good Life Habits
- Attend class.
- Regularly check Claw Mail (GGC email).
- Prepare for class (do your homework, preview reading, review notes).
- Respect other people, in the classroom, in person and in email communications.
- Remain 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.