David Lettermen, move over... at least as far as Clayton State University freshmen are concerned.
Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes, Jr., unveiled his Top 10 List of “Hints for Success for Incoming Freshmen” during the University’s Fifth Annual New Student Convocation on Friday, Aug. 13. Addressing some 250 freshmen as the keynote speaker for the 2010 Convocation, Hynes underscored the University’s focus on student success by borrowing a page from Lettermen with his list of 10 things all freshmen should do at Clayton State.
Number 10 – Go to class
Number 9 – Master and meet your professors, get to know us, read your syllabus
Number 8 – Get and stay organized
Number 7 – Use your time wisely
Number 6 – Use your textbooks
Number 5 – Get to know your roommates and classmates
Number 4 – Strive for good grades, set the bar high for yourself
Number 3 – Stay on campus as much as possible
Number 2 – Seek help when you need it
And the Number One hint for all incoming freshmen…
Study! Study! Study!
Hynes opened his remarks to the incoming class of 2014 by congratulating them on starting on the path towards college graduation, noting that the ceremony, complete with the faculty appearing in their academic regalia was, in effect, the first part of a set of bookends for freshmen.
“We introduce you here to this academic enterprise, and then, four years later, to graduation,” he said. “It is vital that you view this ceremony as the start of your progression to graduation.”
Hynes also had a few words about Clayton State for the new students.
“This is a very good place to be every day,” he said. “Our faculty can all say they’re here to make a difference. All of our success starts on campus with our faculty, staff and students.”
As it turned out, Hynes wasn’t the only speaker to focus on some aspects of student success. Before his keynote address, returning Clayton State student Annisa Sivil had some words of advice for the freshmen that tracked closely to what Hynes would later list in his Top 10.
“If the faculty see that you are driven to succeed, they’re very willing to help,” said Sivil. “Time management and organizing your priorities are the key for freshmen.”
In his charge to the entering class following Hynes’ remarks, Dr. Brian L. Haynes, vice president for Student Affairs, also spoke on the importance of involvement and academics, emphasizing the need for freshmen to get involved in on-campus organizations (there are almost 80 now at Clayton State), to network (including the use of Facebook and the like) and to focus on academics early on in their college careers.
“Your freshman year is not like 13th grade,” he said. “However, college will be the best years of your life. There will be a need for time management, but remember to also maximize the moment.”
The Convocation was followed the first opportunity for the freshmen to maximize the moment -- a dinner with the faculty in the University’s James M. Baker Center