College freshman checklist helps students

September 20, 2011 2:38:56 PM PDT
The first year of college is exciting, challenging, but also scary, but being prepared can be one of the biggest keys to success.

Hetika Shah is a freshman at Drew University.

"It's amazing. Stressful,but amazing. You get to meet a lot of new people and it's just great," she said.

By now, most college freshmen are settled in. So, how do you make sure that this first step in your college career winds up being a success?

No freshman wants to be part of a troubling, national statistic.

"25 percent of incoming freshmen don't finish to complete their degree, and that's an astronomical number," said Erin Davis.

Erin Davis heads a new unit at McGraw Hill publishing, which has researched and written a college readiness checklist. It says freshman should get to know a recent graduate of their college, for advice, and that they should know the "ins and outs" of college finances. Freshman year may not be too soon to build a network of contacts.

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