Be fearless. Yes, this course requires a lot of time, work, and thinking. But I promise, when it's done you'll never regret the work you did.
Don't miss class if you can help it. Much of the information in class is the "best" and can't be found on the Internet or my research materials. It's the "good stuff" that makes the art works come alive!
Don't cheat. Do your own work, take your own tests, don't copy. It's the only way you'll really get to know the material (and be the smartest one in your freshman college classes!)
Take a chance. Be risky. Don't simply sit and not participate in class - the best part is the discussion and your opinions!