THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Plan Your Academics
Academics are at the core of the college
experience, and while TCKs are typically
academically successful, these tips can
help make the first semester truly great.
Most colleges have
an exploratory or undecided option for a
good reason: many 18-year-olds are still
unsure of what they want to study.
Academic advisers will assist students
in scheduling their first semester while at
orientation and even recommend cam-
pus-related opportunities to help students
in their exploration of various majors.
Apply for academic opportunities.
College acceptance letters are just the
beginning of the process. Students are
encouraged to apply for further academic
opportunities such as honors programs,
department fellowships, scholarship
programs, research assistantships and
summer transition programs.
These programs typically have an aca-
demic focus, and many include benefits
such as small scholarships or stipends,
one-on-one mentoring and individual-
ized college planning.
Scheduling courses and understand-
ing “free time.”
The life of a TCK can be
very structured and rigid, while college
can seem flexible. Understanding course
work requirements—the general rule of
thumb is that an hour in class requires
three hours of outside work—and other
commitments is important.
Dr. Wood recommends students
schedule their college time wisely,
because in college, “life is not structured
for you.” Chen suggests students under-
stand that academic schedules do not
always align with athletics or other com-
mitments, which can shorten holiday or
College success seminars.
should register for a First Year seminar or
College Success class. These one-credit