Build a Roadmap for Success:

  • Goal Setting: Defining your academic and personal aspirations is the first step towards success. We'll provide guidance on setting clear, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals to ensure focus and motivation.

  • Course Selection and Major Exploration: This section delves into strategies for selecting courses that align with your academic interests and career aspirations. We'll also explore resources to help you navigate major exploration and make informed decisions about your academic path.

  • Demystifying College Terminology: Understanding academic terms like prerequisites, credits, and GPA is crucial for navigating your coursework effectively. We'll provide a comprehensive glossary of essential college terms to empower you as a student.

  • Developing Academic Skills: Effective learning goes beyond memorization. This section offers strategies for honing critical thinking, reading comprehension, time management, and study skills – all essential for maximizing your academic potential.

  • Decision-Making Framework: College is filled with important choices. We'll provide options for effective decision-making, empowering you to navigate complex situations, weigh options, and confidently make choices that align with your goals.

By following these strategies and utilizing the resources available at UMass Amherst, you'll be well-equipped to create a personalized academic plan that sets you on the path to success.

Frequently Asked Questions

First in your family to go to college?

First in Your Family to Attend College?

Pay close attention to this section and let us know if you have any questions. We’re here to help. Also, be sure to check out our page for first-generation college students.