1. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Everyone has opportunities, you have to swallow your pride and admit there is an issue. 2. Utilize your professors office hours. I know its heard all the time, but your professor can clarify things in a one on one setting better than maybe as a class. Plus it gives the professor the opportunity to get to know you. 3. Use your planner, and stick to it. Your Terry planner or any planner for that matter, is your biggest ally. You can plan your semester, and ensure you don't miss any due dates. 4. Network with others in your major. The Terry organization is filled with some of the brightest minds the university has to offer traditional and transfers alike. The individuals in your major can help you with everything from creating study groups to choosing the best professors. 5. Don't spend so much time studying that you forget to rest. This was a huge lesson I learned during my 1st semester. If your are not getting enough rest, it won't matter how much your cram for an exam, you will be too tired to remember any of it. 6. Join student organizations. There are student organization for everyone at Tech not matter who you are. I learned first hand how beneficial some of these can be, especially events that are designed for first generation students. 7. Do any and all extra credit that is given. Some professors don't really care to give extra credit, but when they do its wise to take advantage of it. Trust me you will not regret it. Some professor even use the extra credit as an add on to your final average. This can me the difference in a one letter grade. 8. Go to Class. You will hear this often, but really attend class unless there is a necessary reason for you to be absent. Professors may not take roll as they do in community college, but they know who shows up for class, and who doesn't. 9. Visit with Heather often. She loves visitors Especially Terry visitors, plus she can give you some great advice when things get tough. Picture her as your Texas Tech mom. 10. Set free time aside to catch a game at tech, watch a movie, or just read a book. You will truly go insane by studying too much.