Five steps to succeed at a US university

college skillsHundreds of thousands of international students enroll at US universities every year. What makes some succeed while others struggle? Here are top five tips from admissions counselors—and international students—about making the most of your US education. Whether this is your first year at a US university or you are already well under way to earning your degree, their advice should serve you well in college.

Get involved in campus activities. This is a great way to make new friends who share your interests. You may also want to join a study group to strengthen your skills and meet new people.

Ask for help. Visit your professor during office hours or seek advice from your school’s international student services office. They are there to help you.

Explore the area. You are in a brand new city. Make the most of the experience by seeing the sights. Enjoy new cuisines, music, and more.

Eat healthy. It is so easy to be lured in to eating fast food every day, especially if this is your first time being away from home-cooked meals. Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water. This will help you stay healthy during those long nights of studying!

Speak up. Do not be afraid to ask questions in class or to ask a professor to clarify a point. If you are confused, it’s likely that you are not the only one in class who is!