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Several Things I learned my Freshmen year at CollegeCategory: (general)
Thursday, 9 July 2009
04:11:56 PM (GMT)
Well, I've noticed that many of the members here are about 15 years or so.  Well,
that puts the majority of members in their freshmen/sophomore year of HS.  Hopefully
this "diary" entry is helpful to them! So here is my mini-rant.

DO:
take as many AP classes as you possibly can.  They are EXTREMLY useful in preparing
you for your college classes

DO:
enjoy your last summer at home.  Try to find a job (money is extremly tight if you
don't have a lot of scholarship), and make time for your HS friends before leaving
home.

DON'T
take a forgein language your first year of college.  Unless you're a
French/spanish/whatever major.  If you took one or less years of a language in your
HS, it will be extremly difficult.  It can also drag down your GPA too.

DO:
go to the lectures. Just because they considered "optional" doesn't mean you
shouldn't go. 80% of the time, the exam material comes mostly from the lectures

DON'T:
get started off on the wrong foot with your dorm roommate.  If so, things will only
go downhill from there.

DO:
get involved in campus life type stuff.  I know that it's hard to put yourselves out
there (espically if your very new to the area) but it helps you meet more people!

DON'T:
sit in your dorm room all of the time.  Yes, Yes, I know studying must be done
(there's always the library!) but if you stay in your room 90% of the time, you'll
miss out on a lot of great things

DO:
try to get engaged in at least one PRANK WAR!!! They are amazing and a great waste of
time!

DO:
try to test out of Gen-Ed classes (the required classes) they are mostly pointless
and a waste of time.

DO:
back up your work several times.  If your computer crashes 2xs in one day, then it's
not a good day.  Nor a good night for that matter...

DO:
try to keep your dorm room clean.  Espically for you guys.  Girls get really freaked
out about a 5 foot pile of dirty clothing on the floor

DON'T:
get on the RA's bad side.  They can bail you out of trouble in so many ways

DO: 
try to get as much sleep as possible.  You know the saying "Sleep, Friends, Grades:
Pick 2"? It's true, oh-so very true

DON'T:
trust the dinning room food.  No matter what they say, it's not very good.  Unless
it's a student recruitment day, then it's amazing!

DO:
be prepared for culture shock when moving back home.  It's weird getting used to the
parental rules after living on your own for a year

DON'T:
forget to call home.  It makes the parents worried when they don't hear from you for
more than 2 weeks


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