50 College Tips for College Students

1) The Freshman Fifteen does exist. So does the Freshman Twenty. Watch how many starches and processed foods you are eating.

2) Pizza - the ubiquitous college snack. See #1.

3) If it’s either take out a loan or quit school, take out a loan.

4) If you can live harmoniously with someone in a 20×20 ft. space, you can do anything.

5) Flip-flops: Wear them in the dorm shower. Always.

6) Always attend the *real* class, and use the Internet one for review.

7) If you are not a morning person, don’t schedule classes for 8:30am. Trust me, you will not go.

8) Get involved on campus. All work and no *productive* socializing is harmful to your college experience.

9) Too much socializing = bad grades. Everything in moderation.

10) If you are feeling overwhelmed, are having problems sleeping, or have gone through a breakup, visit your college’s counseling center. If you are feeling suicidal at any point, tell your friends and or call your college’s crisis center number immediately.

11) There are a lot of free activities on campus. Take advantage of them. GO!

12) Many colleges have free tutoring centers on campus. Take advantage of them.

13) This may seem corny but sit near the front of class so you can hear the professor. This is not high school where you sit in the back of the room.

14) 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 professors sometime give really important info at the end of class.

15) Recopy your notes after class. Or if you’ve typed them, do a quick read-through after class.

16) Remember that although you are 18, your college may have the right to contact your parents if you are caught drinking underage.

17) Don’t do anything stupid. It will go down on your permanent record. Seriously. At every college you apply to after this one.

18) Register for classes as early as possible. Early bird catches the worm and all that.

19) See how your first semester goes before you consider getting a job. See how heavy your course load is first.

20) Find a bank that also has branches in your hometown. Get your account connected to your parents’ account so they can transfer money to you.

21) Use direct deposit and automatic withdrawal for paychecks/loanchecks/ check checks. Less chance of you losing it.

22) Use virus protection and firewalls on your laptop.

23) The student bookstore (online and in real life) can have great student discounts on hardware/software.

24) Reconsider bringing a car to campus your first semester. It can be a pain to park.

25) Pack the clothes you need for college, and then take half of that amount.

26) The more underwear you have, the less you have to do laundry.

27) If you are doing laundry on campus or at a laundromat, stay with your clothes. Otherwise they may walk off while you are gone.

28) 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. Seriously, Professors are nice people. And they really like it when students are interested in their classes

29) Use the college’s career resource center - not just when you are going to graduate, but when you are figuring out what you want to do with your life. It’s a free service. Use the FREE services.

30) For the love of God, please, please don’y be afraid to make friends. Again, this is not high school. Everyone will be starting fresh and leave whatever happened in high school, in the past. College is a time to piratically reinvent yourself.

31) If you have a tendency to be messy, your roommate may be compulsively neat. The general rule is that the messier you are, the more neat your roommate will be. Try to pull it together. Especially regarding food. Always throw out leftover food. That’s just gross, messy or not. Learning how to adapt to someone else’s living style is a wonderful learning experience. Really. And if you complained about having to share a room with your siblings while you were growing up, when you get to college you learn that you are actually ahead of the curve. :)

32) Stay on campus on weekends. If you go home every weekend because you are homesick or have a girlfriend/boyfriend back home, you will be missing out on a lot of the college experience.

33) Get your flu shots. Yearly.

34) Use condoms. Every time. I mean it. Once you get pregnant or get a girl pregnant due to unprotected sex, consider your life over. Wait for all that until you graduate from college and have a stable job to provide. 

35) Long-distance relationships are a challenge to keep up when you are away at school. 

36) If you get that “ick” feeling that you shouldn’t be doing something or shouldn’t be somewhere, stop doing it and get out of there.

37) You may feel like your parents are hovering too much. Look at it this way: they’ve been taking care of you since you were a baby. That doesn’t just stop. Cut them some slack. The more independent and wise decisions you make on your own, the more they will have confidence in your abilities as an adult. Please do not ever ignore or shut out your parents. Call them every once in a while. 10 out of 10 bet they will give you that one piece of advice to make you sane again. Trust me.

38) 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.

39) 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.

40) Practice safety. Don’t walk home alone in the dark. Walk with someone. Many campuses have services where you can call and someone will walk back to your dorm with you.

41) Just because you *can* do something doesn’t mean you should.

42) Use flashcards to quiz yourself when studying. And get someone else to quiz you with them. If you always quiz yourself with your own flashcards, you may skip over some that you don’t know the answer to.

43) You may not know what you want to do for a major. It’s okay. There are people much older than you that still aren’t sure what they want to do with their lives. That’s okay. See your academic adviser for help. Pay attention to which classes you really look forward to - that can be a clue as to what you might want to major in.

44) If you have a dining card/pass - do not treat all your friends to lunch and dinner. That is real money. Real money that you will be asking your parents for when it runs out.

45) 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.

46) If you have ADHD or a learning disability, apply for accommodations as soon as possible - even right after you find out you’ve been accepted to school.

47) Sleep. Get it. Get enough. You may be laughing at this, being a college student and all…but you need to get enough sleep.

48) Wash your hands. Often. Living in the dorms is a communal living experience. Germs love communal living.

49) Keep in touch with your friends from back home, but be open to meeting people of all different cultures and interests. This also means you must be open-minded about whoever you meet. You never know if that someone who you originally thought would be your worst enemy, winds up being your closet friend.

50) Enjoy your college experience - it’s one most rewarding experiences of your life, academically and socially. Remember it only comes once in a life time and don’t waste it. Good Luck.

Meanwhile, living in paradise…

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So, I recently rated my college for a shot at winning a $40,000 Scholarship! Here is what I had to say:

Washington College is truly a one-of-a-kind college! There is no place like it in the world! There is over 90+ clubs and sports so there is always something going on around campus! WC is surrounded by a very friendly community called Chestertown. Hosted on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, right by the beautiful Chester River, it is the little town you always wanted to live in! Chestertown also has three large shopping districts which is Incredible!!

TIPS FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:

Simple. COME VISIT CAMPUS!! I am sure you will fall in love with Washington College just as I did! It is the ONLY way to see if a college is right for you. From my first experience on campus, I could not go anywhere on without someone stopping me to say hello with a smile! Everyone who comes to WC will quickly feel right at home!

ACADEMIC RIGOR:

Washington College is a Writing College and they are very strong in the Liberal Arts and Sciences education traditions. I am a Political Science major so being a good writer is always a plus! Overall, the academics are challenging, but fun! The work load is very feasible, indeed. It is what you make it and you get what you put into it.

DORM LIFE:

Absolutely incredible! The dorm life is what college life is all about! The dorms are pretty spacious with built in vanity, two dress drawers, free AC, Wifi, and an extra large bed!

FOOD AND DINING:

Ever heard of the Freshmen 15? Well it is TRUE! Yes, words cannot explain the dining experience at Washington College! Everything is magnificent! There is a good mix of food selections! This is truly a Must see! The dining hall, if i were to describe it, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. From built to order sandwiches to homemade pizza and an all you can eat ice cream machine, just take my word for it! Its incredible!

WHAT TO DO FOR FUN:

Just go and explore! Every time I stroll around this 122-acre green campus including the small streets of Ctown, I see something new and exciting every time! You make your own fun!

BANG FOR THE BUCK:

I am not going to lie, WC is not cheap. When including the tuition, room and board, other fees like books, supplies and everything else that college needs, it is no joke. However, WC has a very generous financial package just waiting for its top students which covers more than half of tuition! This to me was perfect and totally won me over! What most people do not realize at WC, is that the reason why the tuition is so high is because you pay for something that is truly invaluable at any other College or University. YOU CONTROL YOUR EDUCATION! You get one-on-one time with your Professors, and the Professors know you by first and last name! The student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. That is priceless. Honestly, you will NEVER see the type of education Washington College students get at any other College in the world. WC is a one-of-a-kind place. Hands down.

How to survive in college manual Fall 2014

Benefits of having a later class schedule in college

Summer Advising Days are coming up at the end of this month for accepted students of the Washington College Freshmen Class of 2018, so I would like to offer some free advice on the benefits of choosing a college course schedule OR more specifically- the benefits of choosing a LATER course schedule :D

Let’s jump right into it: In high school, your schedule was most likely a continuous 6-hour span of classes with a lunch somewhere during the day, starting early in the morning and ending in the early afternoon. Excitingly, with admission to Washington College or any college or university comes an opportunity to create your OWN schedule, have breaks between classes, get out early, and/or maybe even sleep in. Oh yes, becoming a college student gives you the extra push start into adulthood and having the responsibility of making your own choices without mommy or daddy leaving over your shoulder for approval. This short post discusses the benefits of a schedule that starts later in the morning and lasts until a little later in the afternoon or evening. 
I write this simply to bring to light the advantages of a later schedule, since you DO have the opportunity to operate on one. 

**Key points summarized at the end of the post.

>Initial Points:
• It could probably be assumed that as a future/current college student, you’re not exactly keen to getting out of bed early. Understandable. But let’s be frank here: while in high school, your mommy had to “encourage” you to get up, and rolling out of bed was always a terrible start to the day. You would even “fake” being sick to just get an extra day of sleep. Or at some point you probably even thought about how great it would be if school started even just an hour later. Well, I’m here to tell you that college presents you with this opportunity. A lot of my friends told me that they feel the need to fight their own biological clock and make a schedule that looks similar to the one they had in high school. I suppose maybe they’re convinced that getting classes out of the way early makes the nighttime more enjoyable, or that they need to get used to an earlier schedule for the “real world”. The first argument would make sense if you were on a sleep schedule that allowed you to get up early and still get an adequate amount of sleep. But most of the time, we college students stay up late getting distracted from work on social media, or socializing with friends. So we end up going to bed late, then have to force ourselves out of bed early in the morning, creating feelings grogginess and fatique. The second argument, citing the “real world”, doesn’t really make sense either. It generally won’t take you longer than a couple of weeks to get on a new sleep schedule for a job, and assuming you’re not reading this blog two weeks before you get your degree, you probably have a lot of time in college to enjoy that extra sleep in the mornings before you need to head off to the work force in the so called “real world”.


>Why nocturnals should operate on a evening schedule:
• There is nothing wrong with being nocturnal. Being nocturnal means that you like to go to bed late, you adjust more to the nighttime setting compared to mornings or daytime and basically you love to wake up late. This is completely fine, as long as your class schedule doesn’t inhibit you from doing so. However, while having those 8 a.m. early classes and the nocturnal state of mind don’t mix well. With early classes, after a late night, you’ll have to get up without an adequate amount of sleep, which will put a damper on your entire day. You probably lack motivation for school work, and when it comes time to go to bed, you’ll be up for another two hours talking to your friends out of a fear of missing some social event. My simple solution is a later schedule. You can stay up late just as you like (within reason). Then you’ll wake up having gotten the right amount of sleep, and you can go to class energized and ready for the day. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to operate on this schedule while you have it?


>My Freshman year schedule story:
• For my first semester in college, I scheduled my classes similar to high school with a bright and early 9:30 a.m class. Starting early in the day, but also ending earlier. Not too shabby, however, being nocturnal as I was, I always felt a bit groggy and unmotivated throughout the day. Then after classes were done, I had to fight my feelings for procrastination and suffer through homework. I would finally get done with homework, just in time to leave the library and get back to my dorm in which finding everybody including my roommate had already gone to bed. I am nocturnal, but I was trying to fight it, which left me tired, unmotivated, and lacking of social interaction. 

• Finally, in the spring semester of my freshman year, I scheduled ALL of my classes later in the day, giving myself until 11:30am to wake-up on three days, and 12:30pm on the other two. This schedule was perfect for me! I could wake up refreshed, go to my classes, do my homework, socialize, go to dinner, do a little more homework, socialize some more, then continue to finish work until about 2 o’clock in the morning. Most people in my dorm shot for a midnight bedtime, so for the last two hours of the night, I could do homework with no distraction from others, then take a shower and go to bed. I got eight hours of sleep, woke up at ten in the morning, able to get breakfast and did it all again the next day. I felt relaxed, energized, and motivated. Of course it wasn’t always paradise; I still had some extremely late nights every once in a while like everyone else. But on the whole, I had an easier and successful semester even though my actual workload had increased.


In summary, I just want to emphasize the key points of this college advice:


-you’ll have plenty of time to adjust to an earlier schedule closer to getting hired POST graduation; enjoy the college lifestyle while you can.


-if you’re nocturnal, don’t fight it. Schedule your life around your sleep schedule and everything else will, with a little nudging, fall into place.

This is what worked for me based on my own personal college experience. But do not limit yourself to just by taking my advice. Feel free to experiment a little and try different course times. Don’t be put off if there is a morning course that you really want to take, or seems interesting influence your choice of registering for it. Try it you never know. After all college is a learning experience. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about any of this advice. I’d be glad to help! Good Luck!!

Last pic taken of the Cater Walk on the WAC campus before departing for the summer! If there is one thing I learned in my first year at Washington: it is being at college will make you miss home, and being at home will make you miss college.
Is it odd that I am already looking forward to returning to Ctown and to find out what Sophomore year has in store for me? hahaha

Last pic taken of the Cater Walk on the WAC campus before departing for the summer! If there is one thing I learned in my first year at Washington: it is being at college will make you miss home, and being at home will make you miss college.

Is it odd that I am already looking forward to returning to Ctown and to find out what Sophomore year has in store for me? hahaha