Things I learned in one week of college (idea)
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Make sure you are interested in a career that requires college in the first place. If you're not going into a the 'professions' or into academia, you might not need college.
Consider going to a two-year community college and then transferring to a 'name'
. You'll be glad you didn't max out your student loans later.
That being said, loans are still a better deal than work-study. The math is simple-- today the most you'll make as a work-study is, say, $8/hour. How much will you be making after college? So borrow the money now and pay it off later, when you're better paid.
, especially if you're on
On a related note, don't be
If you were misunderstood in
, things will get a little better, but don't expect to have lots of
with similar interests and
Don't waste time on
. You won't get graded on it (unless of course you're preparing to be a
, in which case
go fuck yourself
The greek system might be an archaic throwback of a
past... but they do get
more often, and they do
, and they do form valuable connections with lots of
. So if you don't rush make sure it's because
don't want to, not your
Make friends with some
in your field early on, and make sure you stay in touch. School is more than just grades-- you'll need sponsorship from them for undergrad research, and recommendations for
Do some undergrad
, but don't get too hung up on doing it in precisely your sub-field. What's more important is a
where people are patient with undergrads and where you will learn a lot about your overall profession.
Don't get too hung up on what the other
thinks of you. There are two things that can happen--
, which will derail your academic career due to
which will derail your academic career due to distraction. The latter is usually followed by
which will finish off your academic career again due to depression. So just say the hell with them-- why wait to be disillusioned? Learn from others' mistakes.
Avoid computer games like the plague, especially
The best part time job you can possibly have is a computer site consultant on the night shift. Second best is night library monitor. Third best is hotel night desk clerk. Fourth best is security guard. The common theme here is
, dig? Not much happens at night. Plenty of time for
If you are in need of medical, or psychological, or psychiatric help, don't fuck around, don't go into denial-- go and get your problem dealt with by a professional. You don't want to get ill or suffer a nervous breakdown in the middle of exam season.
Start planning for the
s early. Be the one who walks in fully prepared and cool as a cucumber. Yes, btw, you can study for GREs. Buy a
book (don't waste money on their courses, though, and definitely don't waste money on
Every town has obscenely cheap living arrangements, if you investigate the matter (and are willing to accept some lifestyle adjustments). Dorms are
the cheapest alternative, and they suck for studying too.
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