2012 Fall Commencement

Become a Success!

Involvement Opportunities

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

  • be more satisfied with their overall college experience, social life, living environment and academic major.
  • be more likely to graduate.
  • make new friends and find other students who share their interests.
  • learn leadership skills, such as teamwork, decision making and planning, which will help in future careers and community involvement.
  • learn self-discipline, initiative, self-direction and responsibility.
  • develop closer connections and mentoring relationships with faculty and staff.
  • develop a network of friends, faculty and staff who can serve as a resource regarding future job opportunities.
  • develop more confidence to take risks.
  • have experiences that complement and reinforce classroom learning.

Student Involvement 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 students 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 the professors.
  • Actively participate in class discussions.
  • Read chapters and complete assignments before class.
  • Follow the course syllabus.
  • Attend class regularly and be on time.
  • Meet with academic advisors.

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.