Tips for First Year Engineers
Are you a first-year student? If so, welcome to CSU! We’re so happy to welcome you to the RAMily and to the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering! Read on for some handy tips for first-year engineering students.
12 tips for first year engineers:
1. Get to know your professors and advisors
CSU staff are amazing, and no one knows more about your major than them! Don’t be afraid to attend your professor’s office hours just to ask about their academic path or to stop by your advisor’s office to say hello. Find out who your advisor is here.
2. Leave your iClicker in your backpack
Just pick a pocket and leave it there after every time you use it. Trust me, this will save you for any class that consistently uses iClicker (looking at you, Chem111).
3. Check out the ground floor of Academic Village - Engineering
Seriously, this is the hub of all first-year engineering study sessions. There’s sure to be someone working there any hour of any day, plus free printing and tutoring Sunday-Thursday in the evening! (Also, Ram’s Horn is just across the plaza in case you need a study snack…)
4. Attend office hours
Go early and go often! It’ll pay off.
5. Find a study spot that works for you
7. Get in the habit of coming to class
Yes, even the 8ams! Once you get behind it can be hard to catch back up, so make it a habit to come to class. Try grabbing some tasty breakfast at a dining hall before your first class to fuel your day!
8. Ask questions
10. Attend the Engineering Career Fair
Even if you’re not currently looking for a job or internship, attending the Engineering Career Fair can be a great way to find out both what you’re interested in and what companies are doing! You can check it out here.
12. Take a deep breath and realize you’ll be okay!
Engineering is hard, but it’s a little easier with the amazing community we have here at CSU. Know that failure is okay, and that it’s a natural part of learning. We’ve all been there and survived, and now we’re here as resources for you. Check out this blog on balancing life as an engineer. If you have any questions, you can contact the engineering student ambassadors at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Author: Kate Boyd
Kate is a third-year student studying Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Spanish. She is a committed Engineering Student Ambassador and member of the Honors program, and hails from Boulder, Colorado.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the engineering ambassador team at email@example.com!