Chancellor’s 5 Tips for Student Success:
- Check your Mizzou email account regularly. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you should check your Mizzou email account every few days. Aside from staying on top of important class information, your email account is an invaluable resource for on- and off-campus opportunities, events and need-to-know university information, like the completion of the Memorial Stadium South End Zone project (2019 isn’t that far away!). Plus, your email account is the key to my Inside Mizzou campaign, where you can listen to my new podcast and read my newsletter to see what makes Mizzou so extraordinary year-after-year.
- Know important academic dates. Make sure you get into the courses you want by keeping track of important dates. (For example, fall 2018 registration ends on Aug. 27, and the last day to drop a class without a grade is Sept. 24.) I know firsthand how life can make college difficult. While I can’t stop time (though sometimes I wish I could), I can encourage you to keep track of the academic calendar so that you can make the most of it.
- Use campus resources to excel. As a comprehensive research university, Mizzou has extensive campus resources dedicated to helping you excel — from the Learning Center to the Career Center, the Student Health Center and the Disability Center. If you’re having particular difficulties with a class or an assignment, I encourage you to seek out some help: Office hours are an excellent opportunity for one-on-one time with your instructors. Your instructors, advisors and the administration are all dedicated to making Mizzou work for you, so don’t hesitate to tell us what you need to succeed.
- Get involved. With more than 600 recognized student organizations, Mizzou offers students countless opportunities to build on what you learn in the classroom by participating in service activities, meeting new people and expanding your skills. Check out Mizzou Life to learn more.
- Unwind. Play some pick-up basketball at the Rec, shoot some pool in the Student Center (one of my favorite pastimes!) or cheer on Mizzou Athletics to show your Tiger pride. Creating a healthy work/life balance can broaden your college experience and actually make your more productive once you return to your studies. Beyond campus, you can also check out the MKT Trail or attend one of the several music and arts festivals hosted in Columbia throughout the year.
And don’t forget my upcoming one-year event, “University for Missouri: Where People Meet Possibilities.” The event will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22 in MU’s Student Center. I hope everyone can attend! But if you can’t, check out our livestream on Mizzou’s official Facebook page.