Ivorleaf's 6 Rules to Surviving College
Your First Year
1. Carefully. Plan. Your. Schedule!
Do not, we repeat, do NOT register for a class to early if you aren't committed. You may want the afternoons off, but without the commitment, you will eventually skip those early morning classes by the second month of each semester (we know who you are).
2. Do Not Fall Behind
Once you fall behind, it's kind of a chore to catch back up. Obviously you can catch up, it's possible, but it isn't easy. Many professors do not accept late work, it shows laziness. Professors DESPISE laziness in a student. Also, when test time comes around, you will really regret missing review.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be enough sleeping in the grave. – Benjamin Franklin
3. Get a Routine, Seriously
Set time for homework, set time for work (TELL YOUR BOSS), even your sleep/wake schedule. The better your routine and time budget, the more successful you will be at juggling school, work, and personal time.
4. Get Involved
Join a club, do sports, join student senate, heck, even do campus work study. Have fun doing any of those, it helps you meet new people and excites your semester. Do not over commit though. Remember the routine rule in rule 3.
5. Ask for Assistance
If you are confused about something, ask your professor. They are literally there to help. The first day of class your professor stresses you to see them for anything. Hence the reason their office location and times are in bold print. Also seek help from fellow students. College campuses are packed with student resources that you most likely paid for in your tuition. So take advantage of it, it won't hurt.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. – Dalai Lama
6. Be Open to Change
At the end of the first year, you will be different, you will see things different, Your classes will be different, your schedule will be different, and the people you hang with will be different [from the ones before]. Be open to change. Lots of things don't last, and you will literally see it. Don't let it discourage you though, because after college, your life will change.
College isn't as bad as you may think or what the media portrays. There's ups, downs, confusion, and irritation. But there is a huge one, learning. We never stop. And remember, everyone is going through (or already went through) what you are going through in college right now. Keep your head up and remember Ivorleaf's 6 Rules to Surviving College!
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