2. Common hour is a time for club and campus meetings and for special events on campus. Common hour is scheduled every day—noon-1:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and 1:45-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. There are no regularly scheduled classes at this time; however, some classes are held during common hour on Friday. Check with your professor!
3. Computer labs can be used by any Penn State student with an ID. Students can use e-mail to send and receive messages from friends at other campuses and from around the world.
4. To buy your books, print out a list of your classes and bring the printout to the bookstore. The list of classes can be used to locate your books.
5. Time management is critical. Unlike high school, you may only be in class fifteen hours per week. Professors expect you to study at least one to two hours outside of class for each hour in class.
6. Upperclass students can be great mentors and sources of information. It would be a good idea to get to know some of them!
7. The relationship between faculty and students is very different in college. Faculty expect you to come to them with problems, questions, and requests for extra help.
8. Each class has a syllabus. Read it and ask questions if you do not understand assignments or policies. There are critical dates on your syllabus for exams. If you know in advance that you have a conflict, see your professor.
9. Joining a club and becoming active on campus are great steps to take. Getting involved early on will help you make the campus a better place and also meet new people.
10. A student cannot drop a course simply by just not showing up; you must withdraw or go through a late drop procedure to avoid failing the course.
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