Get involved in the department and on campus! Overwhelmingly, employers and graduate schools are looking for great students with leadership experience. Being involved in your community and on campus helps you become more aware of and informed about the world around you.
Students are strongly advised to meet regularly with their professors and instructors, and to get to know them. Faculty are approachable and deeply value the relationships they build with students. These relationships can be of great importance when letters of recommendation are needed for internships, scholarships, graduate schools, and jobs. Moreover, students who are known to faculty are often approached to assist with research, and serve as teaching assistants.
Ask questions, read, and attend class. When students ask how to be successful in the department, we find that students who are reading, attending class, and working with faculty members are the most successful students. Expect to spend 25-30 hours per week outside the classroom reading and studying.
If at any time you experience academic or personal difficulty, please see your advisor. Your advisor is your conduit to the other offices and services on campus and the community.