Tip #1 Don’t get kicked out of school.
Well this one is obviously a no brainier right…? Well many students don’t realize just how easy it is to get kicked out of school. Unfortunately for myself, I have actually gotten kicked out of school my very first year and had to work to get back in. I did very well my first semester, but I tanked my second semester. Every single upperclassmen I have talked to ensured me “You’ll be ok, its only one bad semester. You might get an academic warning just try harder next time,” and it’s very likely you will hear the same thing. But that one bad semester dropped my cumulative GPA below the University’s standard to stay in school and I was instantly dropped out of college.
What you should do: READ the university’s policy on academic probation and dismissal. Rutgers has a plenty of room for error, but you need to understand their standards and timing of when low GPA’s hit you the hardest. Have fun and try new things in college, but don’t think disregarding your school work for one semester is going to be ok.
Also know that if you happen to find yourself in this situation, its not all doom and gloom. Rutgers is very forgiving during your first dismissal. All I had to do was explain what went wrong my failed semester and they set up an academic plan for me to get back into school. All I did was take two summer courses and got back in.
A link to Rutgers’ academic policy: http://sasundergrad.rutgers.edu/academics/academic-performance-standards/academic-warning-probation-suspension-dismissal
Tip #2 Motivation
A lot of students struggle to get by due to a lack of motivation especially when they get off to a slow start. A friend of mine showed me this video when I told him I was about to give up on school, I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.