Scott Greenberg

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Ten tips for surviving your first year.

Tips for First Year College Students


2. DEVELOP A WISH LIST and send it to your family. They may not want to give you extra money, but they may be willing to send you stamps, quarters (for laundry) and gift certificates. Think about the practical things you might spend money on.

3. ASK YOUR PARENTS TO SET UP A TOLL FREE NUMBER. It’s the cheapest way for you (and them) to stay in touch.

4. SIGN UP FOR CLASSES ASAP. The longer you wait, the more likely some of your choices will be filled. If your school offers multiple orientation sessions, go to the earliest one you can.

5. GET YOUR READING DONE EARLY. Find out what texts you’ll have to read and start now.

6. LET YOUR ROOMMATE BRING IT. A lot of stuff gets stolen or damaged in the dorms. If your roommate is willing to supply the TV or stereo, let ’em.

7. TAKE A VARIETY OF CLASSES. This is a time to explore many different subjects and specialties. It’s perfectly OK to change your major. Don’t limit your classes to subjects you think will help you get a job.

8. GET INVOLVED in the university social life by joining some clubs and societies. Don’t just join up and forget about it after Orientation. Clubs and societies provide an excellent opportunity to meet people with the same interests as you.

9. EXERCISE as much as possible to avoid the “Freshman 15,” referring to the pounds new college students tend to put on from stress and dorm food. Exercise will also give you more energy for studying.


For over 10 years, Scott has been a motivational speaker and leadership consultant. A graduate of UCLA, Scott has devoted his life to studying personal growth, leadership, and group interaction. Scott’s positive attitude impacts his audiences and shows them how to use laughter to overcome their fears and meet any challenge head-on.

Scott has given presentations for the United Nations and the California Department of Education. Today Scott is an established Hollywood screen writing consultant working within the movie industry. For more information visit: www.scott

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