Freshman Checklist for a Smooth Transition to Princeton

Before You Arrive

_____   Explore the Path to Princeton site fully to get a sense of living and learning at Princeton

_____   Read the Daily Prince and other sources to find out what Princeton academics are really like

_____   Comb through Course Offerings and consider a balanced combination of classes, including seminars and lectures, and a range of topics and disciplines

_____   Consider applying for a Freshman Seminar on a topic that interests you, but which you might not otherwise explore

_____   Get a calendar you will really use-an electronic one like iCal or whatever works

_____   Look at the Academic Calendar to get a sense of the (rapid!) flow of the semester

_____   Don't stress if you feel unprepared; we'll help you figure things out when you get here


In the First Few Weeks

_____   Attend the Academic Expo during Freshman Orientation

_____   Attend at least one academically-oriented workshop or activity (e.g., McGraw's workshop on adjusting to Princeton)

_____   Go to departmental and certificate program open houses to get more specific information about courses and requirements

_____   Get input on your course schedule from your adviser and from an upper-division student-class selection is crucial

_____   Go to the Student Activities Fair, and select a small number (2-4) of extra-curricular activities

_____   Use the Interactive Campus Map to find routes to your classes and other destinations

_____   Look ahead: once you get your syllabi, map out your due dates for all your classes

_____   Budget time for sleep, exercise, and social life; you'll get more out of your transition if you do


During your First Semester

_____   Create a study group for one of your classes-they're really efficient

_____   Schedule a Learning Strategy Consultation with a McGraw Consultant

_____   Visit the Writing Center for help with your first big paper

_____   Go to at least one of your professor's office hours to talk about something you find interesting in the course

_____   Even when things are hectic, take time for recreation - this will actually make you a more successful student

_____   Find at least one mentor among faculty and staff, in addition to your adviser, to meet with regularly

_____   Attend at least one of McGraw's workshops to prepare for your first midterms, finals, and everything in between

_____   Take 20 minutes a week to reflect on your academic approach and ways you might adjust it to meet Princeton's demands

_____   Look around campus for additional resources, workshops, and activities to help make a smooth transition


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