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College Advice

Discussion in 'Friends and Family' started by Mo Frackle, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    So I'll be starting college later this coming week, and I was wondering if anybody could give me some advice on the next big step. Whether it be advice on dealing with professors, studying, avoiding certain things, really anything any of you guys previously or currently in college have experienced. Thanks!
  2. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Another question, how many times did you guys change your major?
  3. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    As much as I hate to admit it, you need to be a suck up to professors. If you are doing really bad, being a suck up can drastically improve your grade. I was on the verge of failing Zoology, but ended up with a C because I went to the professor many times for help.

    If a professor says that he doesn't take attendance, GO TO CLASS ANYWAY. You get brownie points and show that you care, also possibly helping your grade.

    Studying...I have zero study skills. I cram. Do not cram for a test. Ever. Learn from my suffering. Also, never put off essays or long term projects. You are being given time for a reason. Use it.

    I have not changed my major, and I won't, but I know people have changed their major upwards of 5 or 6 times
  4. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Changing a major is pretty common, but I would make sure you have a real plan for classes if you want to make a change. Some majors may have different requirements, and that could easily lead to you getting behind. Two of my friends have to stay at school for a fifth year because they changed their major and couldn't get into to some of the classes. If you change and want to still graduate in four years, you may have to look out taking classes in winter or summer sessions.

    Do readings assigned to you, even if most of the points are gone over in class. It makes studying immensely easier, since you will become more familiar with the material.
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    In this day and age, all I ever hear people say about college is how they complain about what a waste of time it was for them... it seems like with the economy and job market and everything, people don't even care whether or not you have a diploma, your chances of getting a decent job are plenty slim, even if you are a college graduate. I think it was Ryan (not Prawnie, but the other Ryan) who did a lengthily rant thread about how nobody will hire him, even though he has a diploma and is clearly qualified for the job and everything, and I remember my favorite person once told me that college turned out to be nothing but a waste of time for her.

    Plus, it all depends on what exactly you plan on going into as far as your career choice goes: there are two kinds of people out there, people who have talent, and people who have skill. Now, if you were going into a field that would require skill, such as the medical profession, or law enforcement, or something like that, then yes, I would agree that college might be a good idea, however, if you're going into something that requires talent, I'm a firm believer in that talent should be put to work and not sent back to school.
  6. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Yes, the job market stinks, but having a college diploma will give you a leg up on whoever you are competing with to find a job. I'd say it's a bit of a stretch to say people don't care whether or not you have a diploma when they are looking at resumes and prospective job applicants.
    newsmanfan and CensoredAlso like this.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Again, I'm just going by what I've heard other people say.
  8. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    The job market is really tough right now but if you know what kind of field you're interested in I would suggest looking at job hunting websites in that area to see the types of skills that are most in demand and use that as a rough basis of what classes to take, at least to start out with.

    As far as day to day college, I would say the hardest thing for me was getting up the motivation to do my homework when I no longer had a grown up reminding me to do it. You have to learn to take the initiative on your own and that took some getting used to.
  9. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I am an education major, and there is always a need for teachers.

    Anything computer related is by far the worst field to go into. EVERYONE wants to work with computers, and there are barely any jobs available for it.
  10. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    (bummer. that's my dream)
  11. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Well, I think Sarge is referring to the computer field in general. If you can find a specific niche in that area that not a lot of people are doing, then I think, you'd be alright.
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

  13. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    A college diploma of some kind IS a better guarantor of work, still, despite the proliferation of trade schools that only teach you one thing as opposed to an actual university which teaches (ideally, anyway) LIFE skills and self-reliance, not just how to work a machine so you can become a tradesperson. I think the traditional route is indeed still a viable one...but it's true that it doesn't fit all. Even artists do get an edge by taking classes in their field, as it helps to hone that natural talent. People who are the best in their fields have talent AND training, no matter what that field is.

    Advice? Okay...when it comes to general-degree requirements (math, language, stuff-you-don't-care-about-appreciation, etc), just plug through 'em. Don't skip class without a darned good reason -- the day you miss could be the day that something really important to your grade gets discussed! (A hangover is NOT a darned good reason.)
    Schedule as many classes for the time of day in which you feel MOST awake and alert as you can-- for me, that was afternoon, but everyone's different. Do the readings. If a paper is due in a week, research it NOW. I always studied up for weeks before a major paper, and took down all the notes I needed for it ahead of time, but didn't write it until the eve of its being due...but that may not work for you. I write better under a deadline. Do whatever helps YOU focus your attention and energy best.
    If you can't stand a particular prof or feel like you're not learning anything from them (and you WILL run into the jerks, the female dogs and the simply incompetent, guaranteed at some point), DROP the class BEFORE the drop-date and reschedule it ASAP with another prof, either that semester/quarter or the next. If you find that a class you need is ONLY taught by someone you can't stand, barrel through it as best you can and get it over with.
    Don't overload your schedule. If your major requires a lot of studio or practicum time, make sure your class load will give you time to do those things!
    Don't let your social life overwhelm your study life. You are there, presumably, to get a degree...not to make friends with all the frat rats. Take it seriously. The ones who flunk out their first year or two tend to be the ones who don't know how to study or spend their time with their friends instead of doing homework.
    Spread your general requirements out a bit if you can...that way your first two years aren't all boring stuff and your last two major-concentrated classes. Mix it up a bit so you get enough of your major to feel like you're making progress (and hopefully, enjoying it) in the early years.
    Don't get caught breaking the rules. ;) If you must skirt them, be careful doing so. Being thrown out for something stupid (like spending the night in a sleeping bag on the stadium's 50-yard line -- no, I didn't, but know someone who did and barely escaped) will wreck your whole life and doom you to drudgery at work. Take only calculated risks if at all! (My buddy and I were extra-careful that no one saw us rappelling down the new air chute in the dorm who was likely to say anything about it...heh heh heh...)
    Organize your time every day so that you have free time to play as well as study time, and do NOT mix them. Focus your brain.
    Cafeteria food is universally hideous. Ask your folks for a food-only credit card (I had a limited AmEx) so you can eat at IHOP a couple times a week. IHOP kicks butt at 3am during exam week, by the way...

    Hope these help. Have fun! :news:
  14. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Active Member

    Here's some food-related advice. Never skip meals. Especially breakfast. If you wake up late and skip breakfast, you'll have to change your habits. "Love early rising; be enterprising." as Lewis Carroll once said. Eating breakfast is a must. People who eat breakfast are able to boost their brain's power in the waking hours, so you could focus on lectures and stuff. A bonus of eating breakfast is that it boosts your metabolism, so you won't go hankering for sweets later in the day. Sugar is going to send you into full throttle and crash.

    Just one cup of coffee would be enough for your system. Black coffee, unsweetened. Too much coffee, or sweet coffee, will hinder your brain's performance. Grilled meats at lunch gives you a good helping of nutrients, including protein, so pair them with a side of veggies.

    If you want snacks, grab a bag of Omega-3 rich walnuts. They boost focus. Blueberries are also a worthy snack, boosting long-term memory. You won't want TOO much carbohydrates. You'll need a good amount for your energy, but too much empty carbs will ruin your thinking. Same goes for sugar. A good way to get your sugar fix is to have it with some fat and protein, to insulate the sugar. Ice cream with fruit is a great option.

    So yeeeeaaah. I sound like a nutritionist.:shifty:
  15. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the advice, everyone. It'll really help me out. Well, tomorrow's my first day. Wish me luck!
  16. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I wish you luck. :laugh: But seriously, have a good time! I hope this doesn't mean you be on the forums less. We need you in the Crazy thread!! :)
  17. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Good luck! Remember to try and have fun along with everything else.
  18. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Welcome to your pit of despair and anxiety :D

    I kid...
  19. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I'll most likely still be on the forums (possibly daily). I suppose it'll depend on my workload. As newsmanfan said, I'll still need lesiure time.
  20. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Well-Known Member

    Hello Mo Frackle, as someone who has been in college for two years now and moving out of town for her third year, I have to second everything that meepmuppaphones and Newsmanfan said. I also have a little bit of advice to give you. A balanced lifestyle is key. Don't waste your time with too much social engagement, but don't burn yourself out studying either. My strategy is to work as hard as I can get as much work done as possible on the weekdays so that I can get my weekends free. That way I could relax on the weekends, and let myself unwind. You will do yourself no good if you burn yourself out. Trust me, there's more than one reason why God commanded us in the Ten Commandments to "honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy" partially by doing no work one day a week. Simply pit, we need that rest to avoid burnout.

    Anyways, that's my two cents. Good luck man! :)

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