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5 Survival Tips For UAlbany Communication Majors

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a person whose job it was to give you tips on how to survive as a UAlbany communication major? Maybe one day we’ll be lucky enough to run into that person casually sitting by the UAlbany fountain. But for right now, communication students rely on each other for support and advice.

5 Survival Tips for UAlbany Communication Majors

As a communications student, there are hundreds of simple tips that can help you become a better COM student. That is why we created a list of 5 Survival Tips for UAlbany Communication Majors.

1. Know Where Your Department Offices are Located as Well as Campus Services

Knowing where your department offices, as well as campus services, are located is important for students to know. The University at Albany’s Department of Communications office is located on the third floor of the social science building in room 351.

Here, communication majors and minors can meet with Undergraduate Studies Advisor Kate Sechler, receive their AVN number for the upcoming semester, and ask questions that you are having trouble finding the answer to. Be aware that you must first schedule an appointment online before meeting with your advisor.

It is also important to know where student resources like the library, security office, parking services, and health services are located. Understanding where these resources are located can help you and your fellow students get to them without delay, especially when you are on a tight schedule or running late.

2. Get Involved in the COM Community

Although we are told to join a club or student group while at school, many students fail to do so for different reasons. But there are more reasons to join a club than there are not to.

Clubs that are based on communication majors allow you to learn more about yourself, develop soft skills, practice working with a team, and create networking opportunities.

For someone who is shy, clubs are a great way to gradually take yourself out of your comfort zone. Just by sitting in on meetings and having a casual conversation with other club members, who may or may not be in the same position, is the first easy step toward developing soft skills.

Soft skills are essential not only for your career but also life in general. Being able to effectively interact with and present yourself to coworkers, clients, or anyone at all, can have a positive effect on your personal and professional life.

3. Get Prepared and Organized Before The Semester Begins

Proper preparation prevents poor performance. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to school. Being properly prepared and organized before the semester begins can make the difference between a smooth sailing semester and a long rocky road.

Gathering the essentials like notebooks, pens, and pencils are more than enough for your first two or three weeks of classes. This allows you to be prepared for class while you determine what further supplies your classes will demand.

To save space, backache, and limit confusion, you can buy a 5 subject notebook on Amazon for $7.59, although it is not recommended to use throughout the semester as the pages fill up quickly and if lost, you’re missing all your notes for each class.

Being organized can make a world of a difference in the pursuit of academic success. Not just organization in school but in your social life as well.

An organized schedule, room, and social life will help you stay on track toward fulfilling your academic goals by creating structure, clarity, and direction.

4. Absorb as Much as You Can

Absorbing as much as you can by asking questions not only in class but questions about the university, your major, academic resources, and general information, is important.

More often than not, students will find themselves in a bind or passing up on important opportunities because they afraid or hesitant to ask questions. Questions can lead to conversation and conversation can lead to new viewpoints, learning opportunities, and a chance to make a friend. Having a friend or two outside of your classes and regular friend group can be beneficial. You can share ideas, learn about different life experiences, and network.

Attending public speaking functions held by the university is a great way to expand your curiosity. You never know what you can learn about a topic just by sitting and listening to a public speaker.

University at Albany invites multiple public speakers and professionals throughout the year. Attending one or two upcoming events can be rewarding by sparking interest in a topic or cause that you otherwise would not have been exposed to.

5. Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Be proactive, not reactive by reading the class syllabus in full to help you better understand the material that will be covered in class. You will also find the details of assignments, due dates, and the required class textbook.

Professors will often tell students to first read the syllabus before coming to them with questions regarding the class. This is because 97% of those questions are answered directly in the syllabus.

One thing most students will learn on their own in their first-semester college is that opportunities won’t just come to you, you need to go out and seize them. It’s easy to put off assignments, chapter readings, and papers until the last minute. This practice will only create unnecessary stress and can result in students cramming in studying, handing in half-written papers, or missing assignments altogether.

Sitting in the first three rows of the lecture hall will help you stay focused on the lesson and the Professor. The first three rows will also give you that one-on-one learning feels and keep you from being distracted.


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