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Going into my senior year of college, if there is one thing I know for sure it is that my freshman year I knew nothing at all. That being said I got by with lots of help from my sisters and upperclassman friends but here are five things I wish I knew before going into University:
1. Read the Syllabus
Most professors will send out the syllabus before class starts or on the first day and trust me, you want to read it! It may seem tedious but there is so much information in there i.e. how many skips you get a semester and maybe even a schedule of EVERY SINGLE ASSIGNMENT for the semester – hello planning ahead
2. Drop Costs
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3. Make Friends
And I don’t mean just the peer kind. My biggest survival tip has been to make friends with my professors. This doesn’t mean you need to suck up to them, but having a good relationship with them and utilizing their office hours can go a long way. Whether it be needing extra help, understanding something, or a reference letter later on, I truly have found so much value in my professor “friends”.
4. Plan Downtime
If you are like me, then you can’t pull all-nighters to write a paper the day before it is due. So what I like to do is actually plan out the odd hour I have between classes some days. Instead of using it to do nothing, get in some quick study time and really give yourself the afternoons and nights off to have fun! Pro tip: find a great planner to help schedule you out, I have loved this one.
5. Be Flexible
Finally, if there is something that I have learned the most, and that has helped me in every job I have held in college, it is to be flexible. Sometimes you may have to meet with your group at 9pm on a Sunday, but it is all worth it in the end. Study hard, enjoy time of,f and make the most of these four years because I promise they will fly by!