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JUNE 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

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.

Enjoy exploring.

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

summer breaks.

College success seminars.

Students

should register for a First Year seminar or

College Success class. These one-credit