The first year of college is an exciting and challenging time; make the most of it, inside and outside of the classroom. At UNCG, every first-year student should take advantage of all that our campus community has to offer. Explore this website and find ways to meet new people, make meaningful connections, and get a great start with your classes. Let YFY help you figure out what it means to be a successful first-year student at UNCG!
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Your First Year Calendar
Every student is different, but here is a monthly guide to some of the things that many college students experience in their first year.
As college exams and deadlines approach, you may feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. It’s important for students to manage time wisely and find healthy ways to alleviate stress. The Wellness Center and Campus Recreation offer a variety of wellness and recreation opportunities that can provide a much-needed break.
If you are not doing well in a class, talk to your professor! Ask them to review key concepts, ideas, assignment details. Taking the time to talk with a professor can help you better understand the material and what the professor is looking for. Showing the professor that you care about your work can only help you!
UNCG offers a variety of free academic support services and tutoring through the Student Success Center. Additional support for stress management, anxiety, depression, homesickness, and relationships is available through the Counseling & Testing Center.
It’s important for you to take responsibility for your success – this means seeking support and assistance early in the semester!
November is a busy month for students! Classes, tests, campus events, and friends demand a lot of time. Staying focused near the end of the semester can be challenging, yet it is necessary for academic success.
Some students over-extend themselves by signing up for a lot of extracurricular activities at the start of the semester. Now is a good time to evaluate your priorities and improve your time management skills. Other students may still be struggling to find their place on campus. If you want to get more involved, you should visit Campus Activities and Programs for more information.
Students will be registering for spring semester courses. It is your responsibility to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Ask questions and discuss your academic performance, course selection, career exploration, and academic interests with your advisor when preparing for the upcoming term. To learn more about advising at UNCG, click here.
As the semester nears the end, students might also be a little anxious about their dwindling bank accounts. It’s important to monitor and evaluate finances regularly to stay within budget, especially with the upcoming holidays. For tips on money management, click here.
Adapted from UWRF’s “Seasonal Student Issues,” www.uwrf.edu. Click here to view previous months.
Your First Year Newsletter
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