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I just want you to know: You can do this. You belong here. This was not a mistake. No one gets through college or life on their own, So when you hit those walls — and you will — don't be surprised, don't be shocked, don't think it's you, don't think you're not supposed to be there. Go get some help. Don't sit in your room alone. Do not stew or stir. Go out and build your base of support."   -Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Successful students use a variety of available resources to build support systems. There are many free resources to help students transition to college and get personal, health, financial, and academic support. There is no shame, embarrassment, or anger in asking for help. You belong there, and the staff wants you to succeed. They have experience helping students overcome obstacles. Self-advocacy is a major key to success.

  • Get organized. Stay on top of assignments and tests with a planner or calendar, and keep loose papers in a folder or binder so nothing gets lost.
  • Get help. Ask your teachers, classmates, parents, and siblings for support if there’s something you don’t understand.
  • Sit front and center. Students who sit in the front have been shown to achieve higher average test scores.
  • Attendance matters. Be sure to attend classes regularly.
  • Hang out with friends who work hard in school. Research shows that good (and bad) grades are contagious, so choose your friends wisely.
  • Have a growth mindset. Transitions are challenging for everyone. 

Need help connecting to resources? If you are in GEAR UP, you can email Annie, our GEAR UP Program Associate for Student Support Services (and friendly support navigator) to help you understand your options.