Getting Your Mind Ready for College

If you are contemplating attending college someday, there are some things you can do along the way to ease the academic rigors you will certainly encounter. According to Kristen Renn, professor of higher education and associate dean of undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, you should focus on critical thinking, quantitative reasoning and approach the world with curiosity.

news3A great way to improve in all of these areas is to read the daily newspaper. Choose a quality newspaper, online or print. News stories test your quantitative literacy by helping you understand statistics and how they apply to the world around you. Developing the habit of looking at the world with a quantitative mind can be helpful regardless of the field you enter.

Reading the paper also helps hone critical thinking. The articles you read will make you ask “Why is that?” “Why was that decided?” “Why would somebody oppose or agree to that?” They prompt you to think more critically than you sometimes have to do in daily life, which prepares you for the higher-level thinking and academic demands of college.

Newspapers cover a wide range of topics: politics, economy, entertainment, sports, business, industry, commerce to name a few. They will broaden your knowledge and improve your English skills and vocabulary.

You might also consider getting involved in extracurricular activities related to the field you want to major in. Volunteering in an organization provides invaluable experiential learning and helps you acquire life skills that add to your career development.

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