November 2017 Peer-to-Peer Advice from First Year Seminar Students

When my teacher asked everyone in our FYE class to share something they learned so far, I thought – I haven’t learned anything. I’m the last one who should be giving advice. I was a really social person in high school, but now I sit in my room a lot, and I need to get out more. I only took four classes so I wouldn’t be in over my head, but now I don’t have anything to do. People in my dorm are always studying or going to labs, and I’m just not part of that. I should be taking more classes.

I really got myself in a bind because I didn’t understand how much I’d have to do to keep up my first semester here. I missed a few classes, and then I told myself I’d start going on Monday, and then it was like time just got away from me. When I saw my midterm grades, I kind of freaked out and knew I had to do something fast. It was really hard to talk to my parents, but I figured I’d better tell them before they got a letter or something from UD. My advisor was a big help with explaining options like auditing a class to my mom.

Nothing is different about you just because you’re at college now. I have ADHD and had to take medication in high school. I stopped when I got to college because I thought I could handle it. But just because where I go to school changed, I’m still the same person I was before I came to UD. So things got pretty messed up my first semester, and then I took off in the spring. When I came back this fall, I registered with DSS. Now I take my meds, see my counselor, and go to whatever offices I need to when I have a problem. I’m doing a lot better this time around.

 

 

 

Helpful Tips: Create Your Zone

Everyone has their perfect study environment. For some, it’s a quiet, well-lit reading room at the library, while others prefer a  corner table in a bustling coffee shop. Some people listen to music while they study, while others need complete silence. Try a few different kinds of environments  and see what works best for you.

Remember to take a five-to-ten-minute break about once per hour to stay in peak mental condition. This is especially important if you have been staring at a computer screen. Stand up, stretch, blink your eyes, (pet the cat!) and drink some water before you return to the task at hand.

 

In the Know: Choosing and Declaring a Major

There is no University policy restricting students from declaring a major based on GPA. Restricted majors are limited by accreditation or other academic requirements (e.g. prerequisites) and the availability of resources and facilities.

Many departments accept applications for unrestricted majors at any time during the year and admit students on a rolling basis. For example, students may earn the B.A. in Criminal Justice by completing 30 credits in CRJU classes, 15 credits of related social science coursework, and the breadth and skills requirements for the University and the College of Arts & Sciences.

This major offers undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue studies leading to law school, graduate school, or a career in the administration of justice. Job opportunities include detective, probation officer, corrections counselor, and court administrator.