2012 Fall Commencement

Become a Success!

Involvement Opportunities

By getting involved, you can make a difference at Georgia State University and prepare yourself for long-term success. Participation in activities beyond the classroom will help you succeed in college and get the most out of your experience. You will make new friends and find other students who share your interests. When you get involved in out-of-class activities, you will:

  • be more satisfied with your overall college experience, social life, living environment and academic major
  • be more likely to graduate
  • learn leadership skills such as teamwork, decision making and planning which will help you in both your career and community involvement
  • develop closer connections with faculty and reinforce your academic learning

Being involved in college is key to being successful in the workforce after college. Campus involvement means that you will have experiences and examples to share with prospective employers about your talents and skills. You will have a network of friends to use as a resource for future job opportunities, and you will have more confidence to take risks.

Other reasons to get involved:

  • develop new friendships
  • develop mentoring relationships with faculty and staff
  • complement and reinforce classroom learning
  • learn self-discipline, initiative, self-direction and responsibility

The office of Student Activities is the center of student life and involvement, engaging Georgia State University students in co-curricular experiences by providing programs, services and leadership opportunities that complement the academic experience through out-of-class learning. Student Activities is committed to involving students in activities that promote personal and academic excellence, community building, and social and civic responsibility.

For more information on getting involved on campus and with student organizations, visit Student Organizations.

Academic Success Tips

Most new students feel anxious about their transition to college. Adjusting to the academic rigors of college is a very important concern. The following information will help you prepare for the differences between high school and college.

Top Ten Tips for Academic Success:

  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Manage time wisely — don’t cram for tests.
  • Form study groups.
  • Sit near the front of the class.
  • Get to know your professor.
  • Actively participate in class discussions.
  • Read chapters and complete assignments before class.
  • Follow your course syllabus.
  • Attend class regularly and be on time.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.

No More Study Halls…and other differences between high school and college:

  • High school education is more textbook focused.
  • High school education emphasizes the acquisition of facts.
  • High school teachers generally do not have office hours.
  • High school students have much less personal freedom.
  • College classes are larger, longer and do not meet every day.
  • College tests are less frequent.
  • Students write more in college.
  • There is less monitoring of student progress in college.
  • There is less control of student behavior in college.
  • There are more curricular choices in college.
  • College professors and students have more academic freedom.
  • College faculty are more likely to create original knowledge and research.
  • College students have a greater quantity of work.
  • College students often live away from home.

From: Your College Experience, second edition, Gardner and Jewler, page TM 4.1.