Are you getting ready to go to college or university? This checklist will help prepare you for college. Get ready for the most exciting, challenging, and fulfilling years: the best is yet to come!
- Tour the campus before classes begin
- Change your address
- Get in touch with your academic advisor
- Plan how to get involved
- Know where and how to get medical help if needed
- Study the academic calendar
Checklist for College
Tour the campus before classes begin
Most colleges and universities organize campus tours. Schedule one before you begin! Once you have your schedule, take a trip around the campus before classes actually start. Make sure that you know how to get to each of your classes. Also consider:
- Where you can park and lock your bike (if biking)
- Where you can park your car (if driving)
- Where the bus drops off (if taking the bus)
- How to get from one class to another
Insider tip: take a photo of your class schedule and make it the screen on your phone. That way, it’s easy to access during the first few weeks (while you are still getting used to your new schedule).
Change your address
If you are moving, make sure you change your address with the U.S. Postal Service. If you are an international student, you also need to change it for your visa. Check out IEC@DVC’s Change of Address form online.
Get in touch with your academic advisor
Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor immediately. Come to the meeting prepared with a list of questions about the school and your studies. Be prepared!
While meeting, let your advisor know what your academic goals are, including if:
- You plan to transfer to a four-year university after community college
- You plan to attend a UC and need a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
- You plan to attend a CSU and need to know the requirements
- You’d like to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Sciences (AS)
- You’d like to earn an Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate of Sciences for Transfer (AS-T) before transferring to a CSU
- You are considering one year of legal work in the U.S. through Optional Practical Training (OPT)
If you do not know what OPT, TAG, AA, AS, AA-T, and AS-T are, contact IEC@DVC for information.
Plan how to get involved
Remember that the college experience in the United States is about more than classroom lectures and studying: students are encouraged to become involved in their campus and community. Consider joining a club or organization to help you meet friends and network. Some of the many possibilities include:
- Joining a club that is related to your major (Chemistry Club, Math Club, History Club)
- Joining a club that is related to your interests (Chess Club, Golf Club)
- Joining a club that is related to your culture (Japanese Student Club, Latin@ Student Club)
- Volunteering for an organization or charity
- Playing on an intramural team
- Running for office with the Associated Students of Diablo Valley College student government
Be sure to visit the Student Clubs Fair at the beginning of the semester (so you can meet representatives from each of the campus clubs) and visit the Diablo Valley College student clubs web page for information on DVC’s many clubs. If you don’t see one that interests you, create your own! Students can create their own clubs.
Know where and how to get medical help if needed
Do you know what to do if you get sick? Make sure that you understand your health care coverage, know who your doctor is, and know when to make a doctor’s appointment versus when to visit urgent care. While you are touring campus, stop by the Student Health Center and ask some questions about their services and when to make an appointment. The nurses are here to help!
Study the academic calendar
When are your exams? Know when midterms and finals are scheduled. Make sure that you do not schedule trips or make many plans in the two weeks before exams: you will need this time to study and sleep!