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Freshmen

Freshman Survival Guide

Welcome! Beginning college is so exciting! It is also a huge adjustment, full of new experiences and choices. These resources are offered to continue your orientation to LSUS and help in your adjustment the campus.

Freshmen Survival Guide

Freshman Survival Guide

Checklist for academic success:

  • Make school a priority. Learn to balance school, social life, and campus activities.
  • Attend all your classes.
  • Actively participate in Freshman Seminar.
  • Meet withan Academic Coach early during the semester.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Freshman Mentor.
  • Participate in campus activities.
  • Develop a weekly study plan...and stick to it!
  • Use your General Education courses to explore areas of interest or programs, especially if your are uncertain of your major.
  • Introduce yourself to your academic advisor during the first half of the semester (Don't know who that is? Go to your academic department chair to find out!).
  • The University Writing Center offers assistance in organizing and formating college papers. Find them in Bronson Hall, Room 114.

Career considerations (yes, even for freshmen!)

  • Visit Student Development for career information (Administration Building, Room 230; 318-797-5365).
  • Attend workshops to learn about job search skills. 
  • Explore career areas using LSU Shreveport career services resources and What Can I Do With This Degree? series on the Career Services website.
  • Register on LSUS Career Pilot where you can look for jobs, internships, career events, and network with employers 
  • Attend career fairs to network with employers and learn about career options for your areas of interest.
  • Let Career Services help you transition your resume from high school to college or write a basic resume.
  • Explore your interests, skills, values, and concerns related to various career fields with the help of Career Services.

Campus involvement

  • Participate in Week of Welcome!
  • Visit the Student Activities Office and get involved in Student Life at LSU Shreveport.
  • Join a student organization or an intermural team. Create one of your own!
  • Check your LSUS email account for weekly announcements of fun activities and recreational oppotunities.