What do experienced undergrads have to say about succeeding academically at Northwestern? Read on for their reflections on what works, what doesn't, and how to keep improving.
Stephany Valladares, Biology major, class of 2017
Focus on the little things.
Take NU day by day, and break workloads down throughout the week, or else ... Read more
Kevin Russell, Political Science major, class of 2017
Keep an open mind.
Don’t have any expectations. If you go into something new with an open mind ... Read more
Megan Burton, Biomedical Engineering major, class of 2017
Don't spend all day in the library.
Spending your whole day in the library does not mean you will study better. In fact, you will study more efficiently if ... Read more
Nicholas Ahern, class of 2018
Do something totally different.
No matter how much you love your major, clubs, or work, it's really easy to fall into ... Read more
Sam Elmi, Sociology major, class of 2017
Don't struggle on your own.
The key to finding academic success at Northwestern is taking advantage of ... Read more
Alexi Stocker, History and Economics major, class of 2016
Talk to your professors.
As a Student Associate, I set out to identify the best methods of ... Read more
Xavier Kirkham, Communication Studies major, class of 2016
Don’t view dropping a class as a defeat.
I thought dropping a class meant that I was admitting defeat. As a freshman, I thought it was ... Read more
Chu Yu, Economics and Math major, class of 2014
Make connections, help others.
Upon entering college, I spent most of my time with other Chinese students who are within my comfort zone.... Read more
Liliana Bonilla, Psychology major, class of 2015
Be supportive of your peers! There tends to be a highly competitive atmosphere on campus when it comes to ... Read more.
Dan Lesser, Economics major, class of 2016
Don't overdo it.
Like nearly everything in life, balance at Northwestern is key. Overdoing anything, including studying and academic preparation, is harmful. College is a time to ... Read more
Melina Yeh, English Literature major, class of 2015
Stop comparing yourself.
Stop comparing yourself to others and believing that life is a competition. You end up ... Read more
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