This needs to be rebloggable …
number 9 tho
number fucking 9. there was a dude that would play his guitar outside of my window at 1 am all the time
Some bits that I’ve picked up:
There’s a general rule of college that if you were sitting in that seat for over two weeks, that is your seat. Not many if any professors have seating arrangements but switching seats will fuck everyone up.
Get there early and stay late. As soon as you get home you will not want to do shit. Stay on campus and do some homework while you’re in the environment.
SIT UP FRONT. The best way to start understanding something is to listen to someone talk about it and you can’t do that from the back of the class trying to listen over everyone whispering to each other. LISTENING WILL MAKE HOMEWORK SO MUCH EASIER.
Be childish, but be respectful. Have a massive snowball fight across campus, but don’t aim for anyone not taking part.
SHUT THE FUCK UP IN THE LIBRARY. Some people work there, some people sleep there. It is a quiet space.
Don’t be afraid to talk to professors. They are not there to flunk you. They would rather you pass than not.
IF YOU NEED TUTORING GET TUTORING DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU’VE DUG YOURSELF INTO YOUR GRAVE.
Get involved. It will help you make friends, give you new skills to learn, and even help you get a leg up in the work place if you know the right people.
I will add to this as a GTA:
Take time for yourself—buy a planner, figure out when your best study hours are, figure out WHERE you study best, and figure out how much time you need to complete an assignment—AND THEN make sure to pencil in an hour for video games, some time to watch a TV show, or time to just lay on your floor and blow bubbles. Whatever you like. Don’t forget about YOU.
SLEEP. EAT. DRINK WATER. Don’t die. Caffeine =/= sleep. I cannot emphasize that this much.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR INSTRUCTORS! If you’re sick, shoot an e-mail and say “Hey, I’m sick today. Can I set up a time to talk to you about what I missed?” If you’ve got a good opportunity (scholarships, to go to another country, to check out a cool lecture, etc.) let your prof know ahead of time. If you just need time to work on projects, all it takes is an e-mail. We understand. I gave a student a free skip day because he e-mailed me and said “Hey, look, I have two massive tests and a project due and I need the time to study.” And THAT IS OKAY.
However, sometimes you just need a personal day, and you know what, when you wake up and getting out of bed seems like the worst idea ever….just turn off your alarm and get that sleep.
Some additionally tid-bits that might help you
- Before signing up for classes, look on “ratemyprofessor.com" and see if the teachers at your campus are included. There may be two or more teachers for the same course, and you want to try and pick the good/easy one. Who your professor is can have a great affect on what grade you make, even for the "same" class.
- Look for a facebook group for your "graduating class" set up, which is a good way to make friends and find people with similar interests (particularly for introverts).
- Look for a facebook group for each of your courses. If there isn’t one, MAKE ONE and send it out via the course email or word of mouth. These groups are helpful for if you missed class and need the notes, and especially for review time before exams.
- If no one else does it, make a google doc of the exam reviews and post it on the class facebook page. That way everyone contributes to the review. 200 brains are most definitely better than 1.
- During lectures, unless Internet is required, TURN IT OFF. If it’s on, you WILL end up on tumblr or some other site, and you will miss important shit.
- For the love of God, pay attention to your syllabus. Sometimes assignments are listed there, and that’s the only place it’ll be mentioned. Also, if it says to do a reading by a specific date, DO THE READING BY THAT DATE. Otherwise you will get behind, and you will have 200+ pages of textbooks to read in one night before the test, and you will cry.
- Yes you actually need to do the readings. Yes it is a lot. Yes it will suck. Do it anyways.
- If you are used to getting all A’s, do not cry when you get a B. Take it from someone who killed herself for two years to maintain a 4.0, it feels like the end of the world when your GPA drops, but it’s not. You’ll be okay. Just breathe and do your best. Your best is good enough.
Try to make sure you leave an open hour around midday so that you have time to get food in you. A lot of people forget to do this. If you have to have back to back classes, check your syllabus or with your teacher—some midday classes allow you to bring in a drink and a snack. Some will even allow you a full meal.
If you can get an online/pdf copy of the book without busting the bank, DO IT. Sometimes there are even annotated versions online. This can make notetaking a shitton easier, because you can highlight printed-out versions of the book and they won’t dock you on the money back. Sometimes professors move through their lecture too fast for you to write stuff down. Shrugging off that old ‘don’t ruin your books’ rule you had in high school may be your only hope.
UNLESS YOU NEED THEM OR REALLY WANT TO KEEP THEM TRY TO SELL BACK YOUR BOOKS—maybe even offer them online to incoming students. You won’t get nearly the worth of them but someone after you will thank you a million times over for providing a used copy. If you take good notes, you can sometimes buy/sell those as well. A lot of professors teach literally the same class every time.
IF YOUR PROFESSOR PUTS NOTES ONLINE GET THEM. GET THEM NOW. TRUST ME. YOU WANT THOSE NOTES. Bring them in with you if it’s possible to get them before class.
Keep change on hand. Always.
The Best Way To Make Friends:
Bring a printer with you to college and offer to print people’s stuff for half of what the school does or for free if you can afford it.
Carry around small candies with you and offer them to people while waiting outside of class. If you are the ‘candy person’ this gives you an in for starting conversations.
Buy a jumbo pack of chalk and find an open sidewalk on a free day. Write the words ‘Come draw with me?’ and begin doodling.
Have a pack of cards.
Last But Not Least: if you go onto campus and you can’t find what you’re looking for, and you are afraid to go up to someone and ask, find an open, well-populated area, hold your schedule/map in hand, and walk in circles for a few minutes, looking up and around in obvious confusion. Other students know this body language well. Someone will stop and point you in the right direction. (if you are worried that the person’s directions are a joke or faulty, wait for them to leave and take up the stance again; if the directions match-up the second time, they’re legit; do not allow a person to ‘show you the way’ unless EVERY STEP is along an obvious walkway, just in case)
For those of you who fear assault, most campuses aren’t much for small blades or mace. Carry a pocket air horn or a hand bag of those little pop-rock fireworks unless you can get a concealed weapons permit.
Adding my own tidbit:
Make friends with transfer kids. Chances are, they won’t be able to live in the dorms and it’ll be ten times harder for them to meet people since they have to drive to and from campus. It’s also fun hearing about their experiences before the college you both go to.
Make friends with an older student. I’m talking about students who have families and full-time jobs. You can learn a lot from them, and they honestly have the best stories. They’re often the smartest and the most dedicated, so they make great study buddies.
all of this is so true tho
Whoo hoo! I’m gonna need this :D
This is important, kids. These are all really great tips! Also!
Make friends with the upperclassmen in your major. More often than not they want to help you, not hurt you. Especially if it’s a really tough major. Upperclassmen care a lot about freshmen because we were freshmen once. We know how hard it is. We won’t bite you. Don’t be afraid to talk to us.
If your professor can spare the time and is the conversational type, stick around after class to chat with them. They don’t think that’s weird and they will definitely remember you for it, even if it’s an elective class you didn’t really need. Plus being on friendly terms with your professors could REALLY come in handy in the future. In short: make friends with your professors. You’ll be wanting their recommendations for jobs later.
I cannot stress the point about grades enough. A 4.0 is nice but it’s not all about the Dean’s List. You WILL stress yourself over the limit trying to do that. Take the time to take care of yourself first and foremost. And unless your professor is a monster they will understand you needing to take a sick day.
Always remember: YOUR BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH. If anyone tries to tell you otherwise they can fight me.
Join clubs! If you’ve got an interest, there’s probably a club for it. And if there isn’t, then find your school’s guidelines and make one! I’ve been deeply involved in the creation of two now thriving clubs on our campus, one of which I co-founded. Our brony club also benefits from a lot of free advertising thanks to the tour guides always using us as an example of club diversity, haha! We also have a fully functioning Pokemon League! Both are pretty strong in membership. We also have a Bad Cartoon/Movie club. All three clubs tend to bleed over into each other.
No matter how nerdy you think the idea is, you can find all your other nerd pals this way.
Join Greek Life. Or don’t. All depends on your style. If you do, make sure you research what you’re getting into. If a social frat isn’t your thing, you can also find service based sororities and fraternities. Alpha Phi Omega is the biggest national service fraternity and it’s co-ed! You’ll make a lot of great friends this way and have a lot of fantastic life experiences. You’ll also have the opportunity for leadership experience. This is important to gather and looks good to employers.
Make friends with ALL KINDS of people. Clubs and Greek life are the best ways to do that! - and utilize their talents! If your journalism majors or journalism connections have a chance to write about your group or film it, take it! That’s free advertising all over campus and it REALLY helps. PR majors know how to get you into things. Etc.
No matter what groups you decide to join for what reason, GET INVOLVED. ESPECIALLY IF IT HAS TO DO WITH YOUR MAJOR! If you’re in teleproductions and your campus has a TV station, make sure you work for it. Employers don’t care about what classes you took. They want to know what you’ve been involved in.
And get involved in your community. Help people. Do kind things. You don’t have to join a service organization to do that. It feels amazing knowing you’ve done something to help others. It’s one of the best highs you can have. Volunteer at a food bank, help a pet shelter, donate to kids and soldiers, even just get a group together to pick up trash around town. (It’s a nice bonus if kids see you doing service in public too. Helps get them interested in helping others.)
I think that’s all I can think of to add for now.