Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How NOT to Go 6 Years for a 4 Year Degree

I know--it's been awhile since I have bestowed my mystic knowledge of college survival tips 'round these parts, and I do apologize.  Been a little busy over here on my end, but I'm back now and ready to shower down my wisdom from the mountaintop yet again. So here it is....enjoy

Stick With Your First Major
When I came out of high school, it was really hard for me to pick my major for college. It felt like I was choosing the job I would have for the rest of my life. I felt like Jerry Seinfeld in that "Bee" Movie.

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I wasn't sure exactly what it was I wanted to do with my life, but that I was "almost positive" it was going to involve some business aspect. So, I majored in Business and that was that. After all, you can't have a career for long if you can't make enough money to survive while doing it.

Grow out of the party scene quickly
Yes, I know you are finally on your own and the freedom from your parents is great and all--but if you screw around too much your first year, you might be back under their tyrannical rule sooner than you think.

Watch out for that "Greek Life"
Now, this isn't intended as a knock against the greeks or anything, just a fair warning by someone who has seen the affects it has own certain individuals. And it's not just the partying and socials that get you into trouble. Being in a sorority/fraternity is a very demanding commitment, to say the least. Trust me when I say, your time to do other things will greatly diminish if you choose to take this path.

If you think it's something for you, then by all means do it; I sure don't want to try and take you off of it. But, if you are already having trouble getting your work done now as it is, I assure you it will not get any easier if you join.

Lay off the video games
As most of you out there may realize, this rule goes out to all the fellas. Being a dude, I can only attest to my own experience on this matter. If I was going to write this rule for all you ladies out there, I'd probably phrase it "Lay off the reality T.V. shows" or something like that.

What I am trying to say here is, stay away from things that you may get too deeply immersed in causing you to lose track of time. Starting up a game of "Call of Duty" the day before your paper is due is never a good idea, especially if you stop playing 5 hours later at midnight to realize that you haven't even started.

Spend your time wisely
This seems very cliche, I know, but it still needs to be said. Getting overextended is one of the major pitfalls I see incoming freshman make.  Sure, there is so much to do in college, but you aren't going to be able to do everything! Pick a few things that appeal to you the most, make sure to leave time for classwork and studying. He who makes everyone happy, kills himself  in the process.