My college life begins tomorrow

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    Aug 19, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    Got any advice on classes, clubs, workout plans, guys(lol), and college life in general?icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 19, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
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    Aug 19, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    Get a good night's sleep before your exams.
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    Aug 19, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    Do your best in everything that you do and always look forward. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 19, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    Congrats!..
    You made it this far...
    Don't forget the hard work you had to do to get here...

    1) Choose your friends wisely..
    2) Study..
    3) Find the safest ways to have tons of fun..
    4) Study..
    5) Be very careful with boys...
    6) Study....
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    Aug 19, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    Biggest tip: go to class. Seriously your grades will be so much better if you show up!
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    Aug 19, 2012 7:38 PM GMT
    Buy lots of redbull.

    Claim your spot in the library.

    Schedule your naps

    Learn where all the free food are

    ratemyprofessor all your teachers

    be friendly and make new friends

    ...finally enjoy your time because it goes by really fast.
  • robevans912

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    Aug 19, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    Respectfully question your professors and those around you.

    Everyone is a mammal with the same mammalian imperfections, shortcomings, and problems; no one can walk on water.

    Don't look at people as the final say for most things, there's usually an alternate that will work.

    Study and take classes early in the morning, and keep away from people who underachieve.
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    Aug 19, 2012 9:59 PM GMT
    GET INVOLVED WITH SHIT!

    join clubs and organizations.
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    Aug 19, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    Jay1922 said

    ...finally enjoy your time because it goes by really fast.


    True, but a catch 22. You don't appreciate or realize this until college is over. Even though everyone tells you this, and you're aware you listen to it over and over, and you think you've internalized it, you don't until it's over.
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    Aug 19, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    I started college about 11 years ago and here is my advice.
    1. Enjoy the moment, for when you graduate your world will be much different and you'll look back on how much simpler life was back them.
    2. Connect with people who share the same interests as you do, don't isolate yourself.
    3. Party little bit, but not to the point where you let yourself go.
    4. Avoid commuter schools if possible because your experience at college will be negatively impacted as a result. I did this for 4 years of undergrad and 2 years of grad school. You can tell right off the bat when people don't have a lot of pride to see where they graduated from.
    5. Network, do an internship, and other things that will set you out from the pack. The job market is very competitive and many employers across the world are valuing experience more than education. If you're able to get in contact with the decision-makers, you have that much greater a chance to land a position at a company you want.
    6. Take a big picture approach at both your major and your career prospects utilizing that education. Many end up going into fields completely unrelated to their major, or are shocked at the actual salaries of recent graduates compared to what they owe.
    7. Be yourself, you will grow as a person during this multiyear process. Don't let anyone change you for the worse.

    Last, but not least… floss and wear sunscreen.
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    Aug 19, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    Jay1922 said

    ...finally enjoy your time because it goes by really fast.


    True, but a catch 22. You don't appreciate or realize this until college is over. Even though everyone tells you this, and you're aware you listen to it over and over, and you think you've internalized it, you don't until it's over.


    I am totally going to hate myself when I finish college. Then again, I will be so much happier.

    My advice is.

    Keep your life organized. Organization is extremely important to balancing the shit load of stuff you will have in college.

    Go back after class to meet with professors if you don't understand something. The is nothing called stupid questions in college.

    Make good use of the time you have off class. You can have fun, but make sure it is not affecting your grades. Grades are the reason you are going there and you want to get the best of them.

    My mom use to tell me: don't always share all your ideas about an assignments with your friends. She told me a story of when she was in University and one of her friend has been partying all night and they had an assignment due the next day. She came in to see her and my mom gave her her ideas and she copied it. She ended up getting better grades than my mom. Know the limits.
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    Aug 19, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
    Don't procrastinate. Try to get things done early if possible. You don't want to wait until the last week to worry about essay or something if you have the whole semester to them.
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    Aug 20, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    This is a golden opportunity to be a new you, or the real you, because nobody in college knows you.
    You can leave all the high school bull shit behind.

    BE SURE TO GO FOR, AT LEAST, A 4 YEAR DEGREE, because most well paying employers demand it.

    Don't let partying too much prevent you from getting good grades.

    Good luck.

    Have fun.
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    Aug 20, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
    Time management. That's the main thing you should figure out first.
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    Aug 20, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    Yeah, also, if it's possible, try not to procrastinate on school work. (Gawd, i feel like an old dad or something icon_sad.gif ) It so catches up with you and will fuck u in the ass without lube if u fall behind.

    1 semester of GPA below 2.0 (C) - you go on academic probation

    if u have another shit semester and don't pull above a 2.0 u are academically dismissed.

    Dude, like for serious at least half the kids I started with freshmen year actually finished and graduated with me---like so many people dropped out after freshman and sophomore year. Make sure u actually finish and get the degree. Don't drop-out.
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    Thanks to you all! I feel a ton more confident about today! I am up now getting ready for my math class and feeling great! I will prob. post a story or two from my experiences for you guys!icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    Don't skip! icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    wow youre srtating classes tomorrow like that outher guy
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    1. Go to class.
    2. Say hi to your instructors, go to the lecture hours on occasion.
    3. Get involved in something.
    4. Get ready to have the best time of your life!
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    Aug 20, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    1-Join organizations, especially those related to your degree.

    2-Do an internship, it'll put you ahead of so many desperate people when it comes to job hunting. It'll also be best at helping you decide if a particular career path is for you.

    3-Ask every professor for a letter of recommendation. Even it's a professor you didn't care for or didn't care for you, you can choose later to not use their letter. Always ask while you're still a student of theirs. Professors usually get asked by tons of students and will usually get backed up so you want to ask while they still have anything of an impression of you.

    4-Have a lot fun and do crazy stuff while you have time. Four years flies by faster than it should and you don't want to leave college feeling like you missed out.

    Good luck!
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    Aug 20, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    A professor gave me this bit of advise before the start of my first class of my freshman year of college:

    QUESTION AUTHORITY
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    Aug 20, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    Go to class. Start the homework and studying ahead of time. Most of the time it will not be like high school where you can do everything the night before and get a decent grade. Participate in class and go to office hours so you can develop a relationship with your professors for future letters of recommendation.

    Join organizations and club related to what you are majoring in. Don't join something just because you think it will look good on a resume. Employers don't care that you picked up basket weaving, when that's not what they are looking for.

    Manage your time wisely, especially as you become more involved with the school. I usually keep a mental schedule of what my day will be like. Some people organize it into calendars but its up to you.

    Have fun.
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    Aug 20, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    Study!!! .. that's what you are there for
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    Aug 20, 2012 6:13 PM GMT
    If your textbooks come with an internet site as a study guide or some type of online component use it. Sometimes the professors will pull exam questions from these online textbooks.

    Don't expect your first exam grade in any class to be spectacular because you don't know how the professor tests most often that is your worst grade. After that first exam then you know how detailed or general the professor is.

    Do not drop any course until the last date possible because sometimes you are not doing as bad as you think and on that note if you know you cannot salvage a "F" then drop, a "W" in the grade slot is far better than that F.

    Also sometimes on paper the course seems harder than it really is. This is a trick by the professor in order to weed out all the students that do not want to do the work.

    If in doubt talk to the professor, take advantage of the writing lab, the math lab and all the other resources that are offered. They will only help you in the long run.

    And I agree with the statement Question Authority, if you think you deserve a better grade or something is wrong talk to the prof. Sometimes you can get extra credit or a better grade.

    But most of all HAVE FUN this is a part of your life that you will grow into the person that YOU want to be.