Military college students may struggle with going to college and balancing their other duties, but it’s very possible to have a successful time in school. For college students with military connections, it can be helpful to understand a little more about their situation and have some basic tips to help them succeed. These tips can help each student navigate through the academic world and graduate with a useful degree.
College is challenging for anyone to attend, but it is especially difficult for military college students. If you go into this area hoping that it’s going to be the same old thing, then you’ll have a nasty shock. Instead, be aware of your surroundings to understand the differences in this setting. Each school is going to be a little different, but almost all schools have resources to help their students transition. Take advantage of your advisor, student success centers, tutors, and other resources that the college has to offer. If your college has services and aids specifically for military students, don’t be afraid to seek these out. Being successful in college isn’t a solitary goal, it requires a team of advisors, friends, and a willing student.
2. Seek out other people in your situation.
Being in military colleges means that you’re going to face unique challenges. When you go up against these challenges, it helps to have people in your life that can empathize with your situation. Make sure to have a good group of friends who understand and have been in a similar situation. However, don’t make this your entire friend group though. It’s important to broaden your horizons and seek out new experiences. Participate in campus events that may be slightly outside of your comfort zone. By having a good group of people you feel comfortable with and also stretching your boundaries, you’re going to experience the best that college has to offer.
3. Maximize your time in college by making sure that each credit counts.
If you have credits from high school or other classes that don’t show up on your transcript, don’t just ignore them. In some cases, the registrar has not received enough information and may need a course description or a syllabus in order to count it towards your college degree. Also, most classes don’t translate directly from one school to another so you may have to work a little harder to find a comparative one at your school. When this happens, remember that you may have to do the legwork. Your advisor can also be a huge asset in this area as they often have to approve petitions for transferred classes. Work with them in order to avoid having to take classes twice or waste any time while earning your degree. When in doubt, be sure to ask. The worst that can happen is that you’re told “no” and have to do a little more work.
4. Make sure to get the most from your time at college.
Whether you’re in school for a year, three years, or longer, you want to take advantage of your time there. Many students spend their entire college career taking easy online classes or going to an easy college. When possible, go to the school that’s going to challenge you as well as prepare you for a good career. Also, don’t skip out on traditional classwork. Online classes are not designed to be an entire college career, but instead supplement when students are not available in person. Being in a physical classroom drastically improves learning by having real-time interaction with the professor as well as being able to enjoy conversations and group work with other students. When you’re tempted to take the easy route, ask yourself what you’re really trying to achieve in college. Many students graduate without really getting much from their time in school, but as a military student, you understand the value of your degree.
These four tips can help military college students transition to the college life and also make the most from their time in school. By treating school as a priority and taking it seriously, students can grow exponentially through earning a degree and attending an institution of higher learning.
Bernard Naylor is an Online Manager for Vista College – military colleges.Bernard likes blogging about online strategies that are related to SEO, Content, PPC & Lead generation.