It's a few weeks into the fall semester and you're feeling like an old pro. You're making the adjustment to your new home at Ball State University, and hopefully you've made some new friends and met some interesting people.

You also may have had some of your first assignments graded and found out that your professors expect more than you had anticipated. It's important to remember not to give up! Most students have setbacks that arise that could interrupt their academic careers. However, there are very few instances in which quitting school is the best course of action.

Some people may make friends more quickly than you or make better grades than you. That doesn't mean you won't make wonderful friends here -- probably very soon -- or make a better grade the next time. If you don't already, you'll soon start to feel like there's no place you'd rather be than Ball State!

In this issue of Transitions, you'll find stories with helpful tips on these topics:

Don't forget to attend the presentation by Anand Giridharadas and Rais Bhuiyan, authors of this year's Freshman Connections Common Reader, The True American, at 7:30 p.m., September 20, at Emens Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public. 

Keep working toward good grades and building new friendships. We're confident that you can be a success!