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Friday, February 22, 2013


Learn how to have a happy and successful college career.
   By Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. 

  • Always attend the *real* class, and use the Internet one for review.
  •  If you are not a morning person, don't schedule classes for 7am. You will not go.
  •  Too much socializing = bad grades. Everything in moderation
  • Sit near the front of class. Attend the whole class. Even if you feel like you will just die if you sit there any longer. Even if you feel your brain start to ooze out the side of your ear. Because we (professors) sometimes give really important info at the end of class.
  • Don't do anything stupid (read: illegal). It will go down on your permanent record. Seriously. At every college you apply to after this one.

  • If you are doing laundry on campus or at a laundromat, stay with your clothes. Otherwise they may walk off while you are gone.
  • I can't emphasize this enough: INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO YOUR PROFESSORS AND GO TO THEIR OFFICE HOURS. This is so important, I'll tell it to you again: INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO YOUR PROFESSORS AND GO TO THEIR OFFICE HOURS. We're nice people. Seriously. And we really like it when someone is interested in our classes.
  •  For the love of God, please, please do not leave candles burning in your dorm room or apartment. Or those incense burning thingies. Bad things happen when those are left on.
  • Use condoms. Every time.
  • Long-distance relationships are a challenge to keep up when you are away at school.
  • Just because you and your roommate were friends back home doesn't mean you will be compatible roommates. You find out new things about people when you are sharing a small space. But you can work it out. Even if you and your roommate are total strangers and are completely different - you may become great friends.
  • If your roommate is doing something that bothers you, ask yourself the following three questions: 1) Am I being reasonable in being bothered by this? 2) What's the best way to talk to my roommate about this? 3) What are some solutions to this issue? If all else fails and the issue is very important to you and you've talked to your roommate to no avail, talk to your Resident Assistant.

  •  Study groups can be helpful - but keep it to between 3 and 5 members (including you). More than that, and it turns into a social event.