High school graduations have ended long ago and some of you are about to start school by next week, and I, a second-year in college, would like to give some helpful tips and reminders for you soon-to-be first-years. I do not know how relevant these tips might be when the time comes. These tips have helped a lot for me, and I hope they do for you as well. Please do remember that I attend University of California, Davis, so there might be some tips that might not apply in the same way or even at all. Some of these you might have already heard, but I just want to reiterate them, so you can hear it from someone who has just experienced it.
1. Take advantage of on-campus resources.
As a first year, many colleges require that you must live on-campus, which usually means that you have to pay so much more for room and board. Instead of letting that money go to waste, realize how convenient it is for you to be so close to everything on campus. Take some time to go visit advising centers. Sit down with some advisors and talk about your major plans. You might even end up discovering a new field you want to look into.
2. Attend school activities and sports events.
Usually in the first week or so of college, there are plenty of activities going on. For example, at Davis there is something called The Buzz, and no, it’s not for you to get buzzed. It’s basically a whole bunch of booths set up by clubs, businesses, like Amazon and Office Max, frats, sororities, and what not. Go look around and see what you like. If you don’t like anything, there’s usually free stuff anyways, so you never leave empty handed. Pretty sure that’s already a good incentive.
REMEMBER THE FREE STUFF. IT’S COLLEGE. FREE IS GOOD.
3. Don’t slack off (Quarter System).
DON’T SLACK OFF. I feel like this applies more to quarter system students. The quarter system moves by fast. 10 weeks of instruction, and then 1 week of final before it’s a new quarter. Repeat two more times. It gets really tiring as some courses are really rigorous. 10 weeks sounds like a long time, but it’s really not. Midterms can sometimes be as far as 3 weeks apart to as close as 10 minutes apart. Always be on top of your game.
3a. Don’t skip class.
It’s a bad idea. I can tell you from personal experience that it is only detrimental. You think that you can spend that time in a better manner. You really won’t. The fast paced quarter will guarantee that you miss a lot by just skipping one simple 50minute lecture.
3b. Don’t skip discussion.
Some discussions are mandatory, some aren’t. For those that aren’t, try to show up anyways. TA’s can play a huge role in your grade. In prep courses such as chemistry where there are 500 students, the TA’s are the ones grading your midterms and other assignments. It’s also good to talk to someone in the field, but closer to you in terms of experience. You can sometimes even learn more from your TA than from your professor.
4. Go to office hours.
Professors are required to hold office hours at least once a week. Go drop by sometimes. Ask them a question about homework. Ask them something about their research. Often times, students build up their resumés by working for a professor and assisting them in their research. Remember, there are classes where there are going to be at least hundreds of students. Make yourself known.
5. Relationships can wait.
Yes, I know what it’s like to be going to some place away from your small town to a big college campus where there are going to be babes unrestricted by dress code. I also know that it doesn’t make it any easier when you may live just a 5min walk away, and be able to sleepover without any parent supervision. It’s still college though. Always remember that you’re going to graduate probably at least a couple grand in debt, so you’ll need to get a job to pay it off. And how are you going to do that? Yuuup, work your ass off in school for that job. Also he/she is going to graduate with that debt too, so unless you two can live with your debts, and possibly a financial crisis, then go for it.
6. Freshman 15.
THIS IS A HUGE, HUGE MYTH. PLEASE. I know that a lot of people have already been like, there’s no Freshman 15, but I still hear it going around and it seems to be a pretty big issue. Freshman 15 is not true at all. People have different metabolisms, and figure out how yours works. If you know me, you know that I eat a loooot, yet I’m pretty sure I’ve lost weight if anything. Just live a healthy lifestyle and you’ll be fine. You don’t have to be hitting the gym for that intense cardio everyday. Keep it simple, like fruits and veggies, and go out for a walk every now and then. Also drink plenty of water.
7. Dining Commons Swipes
Now I know different universities have different dining commons systems. UC Davis has swipes where it’s essentially a swipe to enter and you get pretty much a buffet. First of all, don’t go crazy and be like you have to get your money’s worth thereby justifying the hoards of food you’re going to eat. My friend has done that a couple of times, and it has not ended up well.. Second of all, use your swipes in regular amounts to prevent excess at the end of the school year. Even if you run out, I’m pretty sure there are some restaurants around campus as there are plenty in Davis. Also DC food isn’t as bad as you think it is. Like I said, it’ll be sustainable as long as you eat moderately.
That’s all I got for now. Hope this helps! If there are any more questions, feel free to shoot me any questions!
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