Everyone has their own ideas of higher education and what it means, and sometimes the area of study chosen will impact how college students will move forward. Business and finance majors usually are analytical in their courses and tend to be a bit more serious than the average student. From a freshman’s perspective, the ability to make your own schedule, to stay up as late as you want, to eat or not to eat, to sleep or to stay up all night are the freedoms along with the responsibility of academics that are suddenly thrust into your hands.

First and Foremost: Time Management

However, the path that students choose take as freshmen will vary based on many factors. In order to successfully navigate demands students have and perform academically as expected, being a good student of time-management cannot be over emphasized.

Although time management may not be a required course, academic institutions should add it into its student handbook. This will help to ensure that students are equipped for successful integration into college life and that academic success is supported.

College: A Different Environment

Even though students understand that high-school is very different from college, it is not until they are actually attending a college or university do they fully understand the scope of what this means. Business majors will benefit by asking themselves what to expect, what goals to consider, and how a college curriculum will impact their everyday life.

Ø  Be aware that you might have personal conflict with roommates or classmates. It comes with the territory

Ø  This might be a little difficult and certainly not popular, but please consider using the campus library as a resource. In it are many helps, such as additional materials relating to your class, a tutoring center, and a good place to study.

Mentoring support


  Ø Find a mentor. Choose a professor or a working pr'ofessional in your major. As you go through school you will need professors to write recommendations, especially if you apply for scholarships or intend to pursue graduate work. A mentor who is currently working in your field will give you valuable insight.

     Ø  Find study-buddies. Make friends with a couple people in every class you take. You can support one another should you miss or are late for a class. But don’t depend on anyone to do your work for you. It will also help to organize study sessions. The old saying that two head (minds) are better than one, well many times it is true.

Ø  Don’t throw away your syllabus. This is your roadmap to success in your classes. Use it to stay of top of assignments. Also when your grading rubric is distributed follow it to the letter. Every professor is different, some grade on a curve, but most do not. Some have point systems for arriving at a letter grade.

Ø  Whatever the formula for an “A,” make sure that you know what it is.

Ø  Remember that what you do in the first few weeks of class will determine how well you do. Start off by turning in your assignments on time and more importantly coming to class. Always attend your first classroom session. Bring your textbook with you. Your professor may only spend a few minutes on preliminaries and then get right down to business.

Believe it or not, there is other stuff to do besides study. Take school seriously, but finding a balance between school and other interests is important.

Ø  Try something that you have been afraid to do. Find a sorority or a fraternity to join. Try out for a play or join a band. The important thing is that while you are learning about debits, credits, banking, and finance make sure that you also flex your creative muscles.

Ø  Go to a social event. You have heard of these, a party or a concert? Just trying hanging out in the cafeteria every now and then.

Return on investment, capital gains, and interest rates are terms that should be music to your ears. Assets, liabilities and capital are components of a balance sheet. This statement, no pun intended, should send a couple of electric currents to your brain. If you dislike every class associated with your major you might want to rethink, refocus, regroup, and pick something you’re interested in.

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The bottom line is that successful integration as a business and finance student is ultimately up to you. But following these guidelines is something to consider as you navigate the waters of higher academic learning.


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