Dean Lindenmeyr graciously stopped by to share these illuminating tips for success, which she first bestowed upon the class of 2018 at Orientation several weeks ago.
Ten Dean’s Do’s and Don’ts for Academic Success in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova
- DO take the time to get to know your professors. Visit them during office hours. Take advantage of their willingness to get to know you better, and to work with you.
- DON’T skip class. Ever. You’ll miss important information and annoy your professors; and you want to stay on their good side. And never, ever text or phone in class.
- DO buy the textbooks. Open them. Read them.
- DON’T sit in class like a lump. Be an active learner, not a limp, passive sponge.
- DO study with friends. Learn along with them and from them.
- But DON’T cheat. Ever. We know all the ways to cheat, and you will be caught.
- DO take at least one course that seems completely exotic and fulfills absolutely no requirement. It could be Gaelic or Russian history, medieval poetry or the sociology of deviance or the chemistry of art. Explore.
- DO change your mind at least once about your major or your career goals, even if you change it back later.
- DON’T wait until the second semester of your senior year to visit the Career Center in Garey Hall.
- DO take advantage of the academic opportunities that are all around you. Do something daring. When a door suddenly opens before you, walk through it.