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Running Start

Strategies for Success

  • If you need to park on campus, purchase your parking permit  before classes start. (Students attending in Sammamish are not required to pay for parking.)
  • Purchase textbooks before the quarter starts. Faculty will expect you to have required materials the first day of class and will probably assign reading right away. You can find out which books you need for each class when you view your schedule in your MyCWU account.
  • Pay any fees you may have incurred on time. Failure to do so can result in a block on your ability to register and request transcripts.
  • Check your CWU email!  Every student admitted to CWU has access to a free CWU Outlook e-mail account. It will be important for you to check your CWU e-mail on a regular basis. Information is generally not sent to your home.
  • Work closely with your high school counselor and your Running Start advisor to make sure you are on track regarding high school requirements and college goals. Your high school counselor is the authority regarding high school graduation requirements. Your Running Start advisor can help you understand university requirements at CWU or other institutions you are interested in applying to.
  • Pay attention to important dates regarding advising, registration, and the change of schedule period. Make sure to register on time each quarter.
  • Attend class every day. Some faculty take attendance. Others do not require regular attendance in their classes. However, you are more likely to excel in your university courses if you are there, actively participating, every day. If you need to miss class, make sure to contact your instructor or a fellow student to find out what you missed.
  • Read required material before you attend class. If you are assigned Chapter 2 for Tuesday, make sure you have read the material and taken notes before you attend Tuesday’s class. If you do not do the required reading, you will not be prepared to take part in classroom discussions.
  • Be an active learner. Take notes during lectures. Ask questions. Participate in classroom discussions. Start or join a study group. Schedule time every day for studying.
  • Ask questions. If you are unsure about when to register for classes, how to check your email, where to find the bookstore, how to complete a specific assignment, etc., then ask someone. Running Start staff are available to assist you with a variety of issues that may come up. If you encounter an issue in class, ask your instructor for help.
  • Attend office hours. All faculty have designated time each week when they are available to meet with students who have questions or need extra help. If you are struggling with a particular class, attending office hours allows you to meet with your instructor on a one on one basis to ask questions and get help on topics you don’t understand.
  • Get involved in campus activities. There are a variety of clubs, events, and other activities students can participate in (activities will vary between Ellensburg and Sammamish). Getting involved and becoming a part of the campus community will help you to make friends, become part of the campus community, and gain confidence as a college student.
  • Pay attention to important dates at your high school. Your high school is a great resource for keeping you on track for scholarships, college testing, and completing out-of-class graduation requirements like state testing and senior projects. Make sure you keep in close contact with your high school counselor to make sure you are meeting all requirements and taking advantage of all opportunities available to you.

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