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Center for the First-Year Experience


Did you know that students who are involved on campus are more likely to succeed academically and complete a degree? What's on your bucket list this year?


First-Year Bucket List

  1. Take pictures of people who have made a difference in your college life.
  2. Join a club. Any club. If you can’t find a club that meets your interests, then create one.
  3. Take a picture of yourself in a cap and gown.
  4. Set some SMART goals.
  5. Become friends with your favorite instructors. Recognize that they can learn from you, too. In fact, that's part of the reason they chose to teach.
  6. Thank your favorite instructor(s).
  7. Try as hard as you can to earn a high GPA your first semester. Your future semester self will thank you.
  8. Raise your hand and ask a question. In every single class. At least once.
  9. Research scholarships and financial aid opportunities.
  10. Thank the people who helped pay your way.
  11. Attend five iFocus workshops and receive a portfolio.
  12. Meet with your academic advisor more than once.
  13. Participate in a student activity.
  14. Read the Toilet Paper.
  15. Thank your favorite staff person or administrator.
  16. Show up to all of your classes, on time.
  17. Have a burger at the Bistro.
  18. Volunteer to help with an ASACC event. Even better, join ASACC!
  19. Ask for help. Often.
  20. Adjust your schedule around when you are most productive and creative. If you're nocturnal and do your best work late at night, embrace that. It may be the only time in your life when you can.
  21. Embrace the differences between you and your classmates. Always be asking yourself, "What can I learn from this person?" More of your education will come from this than from any classroom.
  22. Attend a Human2Human lecture.
  23. Login to your myAims account and read your email. Every single day.
  1. Visit the career center. If you think you know what you want to do with your life, learn what you need to do now to get an internship next summer or during your second year. If you are still searching for a dream career, ask one of our career advisors for assistance.
  2. Visit the Learning Commons.
  3. Stay healthy. Eat well. Work out for free at the gym.
  4. After add/drop, make a friend in each class. That way, if you have to miss class, you have someone you can share information with.
  5. Mix up your study habits. If you always study in a quiet room, try a bustling coffee shop. If you always type your notes on a laptop, try an old-school notebook for one class. If you rely on study groups, try studying alone. You might discover new things about yourself and the way you learn.
  6. Attend a Writer’s Community workshop.
  7. Form a study group and actually meet!
  8. Scout out a super-secret study spot no one knows about.
  9. Find a mentor you’ll stay in touch with after graduation.
  10. Attend all the free activities for a week.
  11. Take a leadership position on or off-campus.
  12. Volunteer your time.
  13. Register for the next semester on the first day of registration.
  14. Take advantage of every networking opportunity. You will need reference letters when you graduate, so start lining up your connections now.
  15. Choose your friends wisely.  Surround yourself with people with strong character, good attitudes, and similar values.  Your success and happiness will be directly related to the people you hang out with most.
  16. Oh, yeah. Last but not least: Have the best time of your life as you grow and discover yourself as a person.  That one’s important. Be yourself. Create. Inspire, and be inspired. 

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