Tips For the College Student A College Bound Guide to Surviving Your Freshman Year

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ROOMMATES

When choosing a roommate, make sure to evaluate the person first and see that they are a good fit. If you’re not too fond of your roommate, try to get along with them as they will be your room mate for the next year or two.

Just because you have a roommate doesn’t mean you can’t do your own thing. Just find a time when your roommate is at work or school and use that time to study or do homework. This way, you won’t disturb them by doing your work in their presence.

Try to respect their space as much as possible and let them know if you are going to be gone for a long period of time. If you have valuable items that need to be stored, consider storing them in the dorm’s storage room or lock it up in your car so it is out of reach from thieves.

If there is an issue with your roommate, calmly speak to him/her about it so there can be peace between the two of you. Remember that although this person is going to be living with you for a couple of months, he/she is going to be living with him/her for the rest of his/her life!

If money is an issue, try working out plans where

Make use of all the resources that you have as a student. You’re paying for them, so why not take full advantage? Use the free tutoring services that are available to you, make the most of your books, and attend any other classes or lectures that might interest you. Take advantage of your campus’ vast resources and never stop learning!

Andy Warhol was an American artist best known for his paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans. Warhol’s works went on to be worth millions of dollars. Warhol once said, “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

The same can be said for college students. Making money, working and good business are all related to one another. The same goes for being a good student. In order to succeed in college as a freshman you need to be able to balance schoolwork with extracurricular activities and personal life. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. Learn from Warhol’s example and take some time to implement these aspects of life in your own life.

If your schedule is too busy, cut back on extracurricular activities or sports until you are able to manage a balance between work and play. Do not sacrifice grades in order to have time for other things– always prioritize schoolwork before other activities.

Many students will find themselves taking more than 15 credits their freshman year because they feel pressured to do so by parents or advisers. While it is true that more classes mean more academic opportunities, they will also overload you with more work and stress. Be aware that taking on too many credits might

“You know, I don’t get this. What’s the point of art?” asks Annie.

“Art is a matter of taste,” I reply, quoting my seventh grade art teacher. “I can’t imagine why you’d want to go to college if you don’t like art.”

“But I’m not going to paint or sculpt or anything.”

“Then what are you going for?”

“Business. Accounting,” she says. “Because it’s practical.”

Annie’s parents are both accountants, and they’ve been very clear with her that they expect her to go into the family business after graduating from college. She calls them her “accountant parents”. She has never heard them say the words “art”, “music”, or “literature”. She was given an allowance and a curfew, but no curfew on practice time for the flute she plays poorly in a high school band. Her parents’ definition of success is one that Annie finds uninspiring: hard work, money, security. To them, art is impractical and useless; to me it is essential.

At first glance this might seem like a generational difference between Baby Boomers and Millennials; but it isn’t really. My parents are no different from Annie’s:

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