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CONTENTSIntroduction to College SuccessIntroduction to College Success....................................................................................................................................................................................................1Introduction to College Success........................................................................................................................1IntroductionIntroduction....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................4Personal Identity................................................................................................................................................4Types of Students..............................................................................................................................................9College Overview.............................................................................................................................................15Defining Success.............................................................................................................................................22Goal Setting and Time ManagementGoal Setting and Time Management..................................................................................................................................................................................3030Defining Goals.................................................................................................................................................30Your Physical Environment..............................................................................................................................37Your Use of Time.............................................................................................................................................42Career ExplorationCareer Exploration........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5454The Big Picture................................................................................................................................................54Career Paths....................................................................................................................................................61College Majors.................................................................................................................................................69Professional Skill Building................................................................................................................................74Career Development........................................................................................................................................80Networking.......................................................................................................................................................84Résumés and Cover Letters............................................................................................................................88Interviewing......................................................................................................................................................96Social Interaction and DiversitySocial Interaction and Diversity..............................................................................................................................................................................................102102Socializing......................................................................................................................................................102Diversity and Accessibility.............................................................................................................................108Campus and Student Life..............................................................................................................................114Thinking and AnalysisThinking and Analysis..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................119119Patterns of Thought.......................................................................................................................................119Critical Thinking Skills....................................................................................................................................123Creative Thinking Skills.................................................................................................................................132Thinking with Technology..............................................................................................................................138Learning Styles and StrategiesLearning Styles and Strategies..............................................................................................................................................................................................144144The Learning Process....................................................................................................................................144Class Preparation..........................................................................................................................................148Class Attendance...........................................................................................................................................152The Role of Memory......................................................................................................................................157Active Learning..............................................................................................................................................160Study Skills and Classroom SuccessStudy Skills and Classroom Success............................................................................................................................................................................165165Reading Strategies........................................................................................................................................165Writing Strategies..........................................................................................................................................171Presentation Strategies.................................................................................................................................178Working with Instructors................................................................................................................................182Deep Learning...............................................................................................................................................188Academic Honesty.........................................................................................................................................197Evaluating Results.........................................................................................................................................200Mental and Physical Health ManagementMental and Physical Health Management..............................................................................................................................................................205205
Nutrition.........................................................................................................................................................205Exercise.........................................................................................................................................................208Sleep..............................................................................................................................................................212Substance Abuse...........................................................................................................................................216Stress.............................................................................................................................................................224Mental Health.................................................................................................................................................228Sexual Health................................................................................................................................................234Safety.............................................................................................................................................................242Financial ManagementFinancial Management........................................................................................................................................................................................................................249249Personal Finance...........................................................................................................................................249Financial Aid..................................................................................................................................................252Working..........................................................................................................................................................256Saving............................................................................................................................................................260Budgeting.......................................................................................................................................................264Credit.............................................................................................................................................................268Wrap-upWrap-up......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................272272Conclusion.....................................................................................................................................................272
INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE SUCCESSINTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE SUCCESSDestiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing tobe achieved. ―William Jennings Bryan, politician and oratorYour College, Your Success(Note: "Degrees Conferred by Postsecondary Institutions, by Level of Degree and Sex of Student: SelectedYears, 1869-70 through 2024-25."Degrees Conferred by Postsecondary Institutions, by Level of Degree and Sexof Student: Selected Years, 1869-70 through 2024-25. National Center for Education Statistics. Web. 16 Mar.2016.) (Note: "Enhancing First Year: The First Year Experience."UCD Teaching & Learning. UCD Dublin. Web.16 Mar. 2016.)Welcome to this course on succeeding in college! You are here as a result of many life decisions and fortunatecircumstances that bode well for your future. You are in good company, too. Consider the following:An estimated 20.2 million students attended American colleges and universities in fall 2015.This year, colleges and universities are expected to award 952,000 associate’s degrees, 1.8 millionbachelor’s degrees, 802,000 master’s degrees, and 179,000 doctor’s degrees.

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