College, for me, is a little different than most of the others on here. I did not finish my senior year at high school, and already had a family, house, and a very good job when I started college at the age of 24. I had a lot of responsabilities going into college that I could not forgo. For me, grades are the most important thing to me in college. I go to every class, spend the adequate amount of study time and still take care of my other priorities. I feel that I must excell in college because bad grades+GED=maybe not the person we are looking for. I find reaching my goals easier, in that I am already mature, and most importantly, I am determinded. Paying for college is not an issue with me because my employer reimburses my tuition, as long as I pass the class.
A few helpfull hints for you. Never by your books early. Wait untill the first day of class so that you can make sure the professor uses the ones called out. Books are expensive (my employer doesn't reimburse that
). Make sure that when you schedule classes that you consult a map of the campus. Nothing is worse than scheduling classes five minutes apart but having to hike clear across campus to get there. Last, all prfessors I have had love class participation. Read your material ahead of time, then go to class and ask your professor questions about it during lecture. Really, they love this. It lets them know that you are interested.