1. The first month is the honey moon period, you might be acing some relevantly easy quizzes, or making new friends, or just super happy to be this newly minted individual with the campus at your oster.
2. The honey moon ends pretty soon.
3. The first half of the semester is smile and social networking. So many people will give you their number or you will offer yours… all at the hope that you might gain a friend, you might be able to feel at home.
4. No one really call… Texting and facebook, and perhaps email dominate communication.
5. Check your email everyday.
6. Guest speakers are awesome. Be challenged, introduce yourself to the speaker after every event and find time to reflect or take notes during the presentation, there is almost always a great catchy quote
7. Blame it on the technology… I found a tad shallowness within myself and peers. Students are looks driven (be still friendly, polite, and will give you their full attention but…) mistake lust for attraction.
8. Studying is weird. It is varied, technique change depending on class or assignment.
9. Call your family everyday. No matter what. It may seem crazy, but you will probably not get homesick
10. Office hours are amazing. It doesn’t always have to concern academics, I like hearing the stories and life lessons of my professors. For they too, were students once and they have much wisdom to pass along.
11. Birthdays are the best, your college friends/ and dorm neighbors become your little family
12. Listen carefully. In class and outside class.
13. Grades. I will make a post about this:) but grading is very different from high school. There are curves, and thresholds the goal is not the get every question correct, it is to get more correct than your peers. Being competitive and creative will get you far academically.
14. Rarely ever will you get a “what” question, many questions are why, or opinion driven. Many the sciences/maths seem to be take this concept from chapter whatever, and here is this odd problem, solve this problem, apply what you have learned. Do a handstand on your textbook. This is not high school
15. Diversity is not black and white. Being a person of color, I meet three types of students:
- Those that accept your race/culture and do not make offensive, micro agressions
- Those that reject your race/culture believes race doesn’t exsist, hates affirmative action, and makes micro agressions that futher contradict themselves.
-Those that “try to hard”….. to be something they are not.
16. Student will compliment you quite frequently.
17. Hook up cultures at most schools , dominate. Dating for girls can be tough.* (Depending on the college, but most of college friends say the same thing)
18.The run& hug, the “OMGGGGGGG”, the bro high five, and memorable “stop everything you are doing” are common among the college student species.
19. You changed. I will make a post about this. But now, I eat toast & pesto, I exercise more, I write much stronger, and found myself questioning things that I once readily accepted. And if that is not an education. I don’t know what is.