For me, finals week has arrived like a freaking blizzard that you know is coming but you forgot to go and buy supplies for. I’ve been having to work on project after project but the thing is, the end of the semester is close at hand… then break will arrive!
I thought I’d share 5 of my tips for how I survive the Finals Blizzard. May the knowledge you hold and your memory help you through this finals season. Good luck and I hope my tips help you out! Read the rest of this entry
I just attended an orientation preview for the college that I am going to attend, and, while I am excited to be on my own, I also am trying to make decisions on my own right now before I get there. Some tips I have for future freshmen may be helpful for you, or may be utterly useless; either way though, knowing about some of these may help someone else that you know. If you have any questions for me, fill out the contact form at the bottom.
THE TEN THORNS EVERY COLLEGE FRESHMAN SHOULD KNOW
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Just because you are going to be in college and more on your own, doesn’t mean you have to take the world on alone, asking for help (I’m asking for help on choosing a computer for my classes) can save you a lot of trouble in the end.
- ASK QUESTIONS!
A math teacher I had in high school told me that the only dump/stupid question is the one that you don’t ask. I can guarantee that someone else has the same question.
- Start working on making your OWN decisions.
Once you start making some of your own choices, and not just the little ones but some of the bigger ones, such as taking a class that your parents don’t agree with but that you would really enjoy, you are starting to become more independent and college will probably seem less scary. Start small though and don’t freak yourself out. 🙂
- Make Connections!
When I say make connections, I mean make connections with someone at the college. An older student, a professor, or your advisor can all be a connection. I connected with my orientation leader who is attending to become a history major and now I feel a bit more of the college community and less like someone just showing up.
- Try something new.
Don’t stay in your box, come out of it and try some of the activities the college has to offer, and I don’t mean anything crazy. Just maybe try a class that you’re curious about but are unsure of taking. Just do it. I’m thinking about becoming a Resident Assistant, which means I would help students in my residence hall, and while I’m unsure about it, I’m going to do it.
If you don’t know what a class is about or if you don’t know anything about the area, learn about it. Learning about where you are going to be can take a lot of stress off of you and can make the area seem less foreign and more exciting.
- Be ready for homesickness.
Even if you are only a few hours away from home, still say good bye and be prepared to miss your family, even if you say that you won’t miss them, you most likely will. To make the transition easier, say a proper good bye and send letters, e-mails, phone calls, or whatever you want to stay in touch. They’re just a phone call away.
- Balance your classes.
Don’t try to take all the same type of classes at once and don’t try to take them all in the morning or on one day. You can overwhelm yourself and finding a happy medium can make studying for classes and experiencing college life much more enjoyable.
- Think things through.
Remember that you don’t have your parents around to get you out of the messes that you create, so think about what you are about to do and ask “Is this really a good idea?” If it is go through with it; if it’s not and you do it, just be ready for the consequences.
- Have fun!
While you may be in college to prepare for the business world and your life after learning, don’t forget to ENJOY yourself. You can’t go back to these years and you should experience what there is around you. It’s not all about studying but socializing and making connections that may last forever or help you later in life.P.S. While some of these tips seem like common sense or just a “duh!” one, some people really don’t know about them. Just take them into consideration. I AM NOT TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO! (Okay?)
Written by a 90 year old
This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it..
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.
9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…
14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
25. Always choose life.
26. Forgive but don’t forget.
27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..
31. Believe in miracles.
32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
34. Your children get only one childhood.
35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.
39. The best is yet to come…
40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”