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Starting and Succeeding in College

Applying to and getting into college are just the first steps in your college journey.  Once you enroll, you have to juggle a variety of skills including time management, career planning, how to study, adjusting to a new learning environment – the list goes on.  These links provide information and help in adjusting to and succeeding in college.

Planning for, Beginning, and Succeeding in Your First Year of College.  Starting college?  Not sure where to begin?  Get answers on everything from knowing what to pack and contacting your roommate to learning how to manage your time and balance your finances.

If you feel overwhelmed by your freshman year in college, you’re not alone!  The first semester in college is a difficult time for just about every college student.  Remember, you’re not just learning about psychology, composition, and whatever else is on your schedule. You are learning how to be a college student, and that’s a challenge.  To help get you get off to a good start, here are some basic freshman year survival tips.

One good way to take advantage of college coursework and other campus facilities in the Louisville and southern Indiana area is through Kentuckiana Metroversity, a partnership of colleges and universities that offer cross registration across seven higher education institutions in the area.  In other words, you can enroll in courses at any of the seven institutions without the need for additional application, visiting student status, etc.  You can find out more at their website.

Paying for College

Nationwide debt from college loans is greater than debt from all credit cards combined.  Although loans may very well be part of the solution to paying for college they certainly are not the only way.  Just as wise investments are diversified, your college investments should have the same characteristics, including family contributions, grants, scholarships and work.  Below are some links to sites offering alternatives to loans as you finance your college education.

Holding down a part time job while attending college is one of the best ways to reduce your costs.  Research also shows that part-time work during college (20 hours or less) actually is associated with higher grades.  If you attend the University of Louisville or Jefferson Community and Technical College, you may want to check out Metropolitan College, a program that helps you get work at UPS and get your college costs paid for in full in addition to your work pay.

It is important to have an informed idea of how much college will actually cost you. This site provides many good resources for estimating and paying for your entire college experience.

A lot of students make ends meet and get great work experience by participating in the federal work-study program. Through work-study, undergraduate and graduate students take jobs during the school year to help cover college costs.  This site introduces you to the idea and gets you started on the basics.

If you attend any of the following colleges and universities in the Greater Louisville area just click on the name of your institution to find out more about work-study opportunities at your campus.

Transferring to a Different College

About 30% of college students transfer to a different school at some point. Too often students switch schools for a bad reason and find that the grass is not greener after the move. Here are a few situations that do justify a change . . .

And a few situations you should avoid as a basis for transferring.

If you are considering transfer, make sure you do your homework and find out all you can about the institution you are considering.  Bigfuture, a website set up by the College Board, offers a detailed and comprehensive search process of more than 3,950 colleges. You can select by type of school, location, campus and housing, sports and activities, and other key considerations.

ULtra offers services for students who aspire to earn their bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville but would like to start at Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). These students can take transferable courses and get the benefit of a smaller class size and less expensive tuition. ULtra has an office on the JCTC Downtown and Southwest campuses and supports students while at JCTC and through the transfer process.

Are you ready for what lies ahead once you stroll across the graduation stage? Will you be able to steer yourself through the job hunt and, ultimately, your first job?  Monster.com offers a useful article which provides links to a variety of helpful sites including a career assessment test, information about interviewing, internships, co-ops, and so on.

One of the best places to start your career search is at your college.  If you attend any of the following colleges and universities in the Greater Louisville area just click on the name of your institution to find out more about the career services at your campus.