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How To Make a Big College Seem Smaller

Watch more College Freshman Survival Guide videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Make a big college seem smaller with these insightful tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get involved in your major All departments have a plethora of academic groups, research opportunities, and mentoring tracks. If you have a major in mind, getting involved with these activities can help shrink an intimidating school and introduce you to students with similar interests. Step 2: Interact in lectures At big lectures, sit in the first few rows of class and don't be afraid to throw your hand up occasionally to ask a question or make a comment. Not only will you make new friends by sitting in the same area everyday, but if you get the professor to notice you, those 300-seat lecture halls will start to feel like actual classrooms. Tip Each semester, try mixing in at least one class -- whether it's an elective or a requirement -- that only has 20 or so students. Step 3: Talk with your professors Visit professors during office hours. Whether you stop by to seek help with an assignment or just to chat, talking with your teachers one-on-one is a great way to get specialized attention. Step 4: Join activities One upside to a big school is that it offers a ton of campus organizations catering to specific interests. Intramural sports, the student literary journal, Greek life, improv comedy -- it's hard not to find at least one activity that suits you. Tip If there's a specific club or activity your college doesn't offer, start one yourself. Step 5: Make dorm friends Being comfortable and happy where you live is crucial. See if your university offers any catered residence halls -- such as alcohol-free or 24-hour quiet dorms -- where you can meet like-minded students. In regular dorms, create a sense of community by organizing study groups and movie nights. Step 6: Find old friends If you stayed in state for college, there's a good chance some of the people you went to high school with are just around the corner or down the street. Look up any classmates you know -- even if you weren't all that close -- and see what they're up to. Chances are they're just as anxious to have a few familiar faces around and would be thrilled to hear from you. Tip The summer before school starts, find upperclassmen from your high school or hometown that can share some advice about college life. Step 7: Become a regular Find a restaurant or coffeehouse near campus where students converge and become a regular there. Securing a designated hangout spot is a great way to give a campus more of a homey feel. Did You Know? With over 53,000 students, The Ohio State University in Columbus is the biggest U.S. college.
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