“Find What Works for You”

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Hey everyone,

Our first full month of college is over! Yay! College is a breeze (ha). Thanksgiving break, here we come! I know my last post wasn’t the happiest; and to make up for that, I’d like to focus on my first few college lessons.

If you’re anything like me, you entered school not knowing what to expect, and the magnitude of the work probably only hit you about the third week in. I’ll sheepishly admit, I treated my first homework assignments like I did my homework back in high school. Apparently, that won’t fly here (shocker). Everyone needs a little reality check once in awhile, though. My reality check caused me to get my homework and study routine down, and I’m thankful for that. (If, however, you’re not so put together as I am, that’s A-okay. Not everyone can be this perfect. Kidding, kidding.) However, if your first few assignments didn’t go as well as you’d hoped, there are plenty of resources that can help get you back on track (or on a track at all if you weren’t to begin with).

I’m sure you’re all sick and tired of hearing “Ask your TA for help!” or “Take advantage of office hours!” Seriously though, ask your TA and take advantage of office hours. It can really help to get a second point of view when you’re stuck on a problem or concept. Also, there are so many wonderful people on campus that are willing to help you with homework, especially those chemistry, math, and writing assignments. For example, if you need math or chem help, you can stop into Gordon (across from Flamingo Run) or Dejope (Room 1110) Sunday through Wednesday nights, anytime between 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. If you need someone to look over your papers or help you workshop an idea, you can visit the same location at Gordon or Dejope (across from the Bean and Creamery) Sunday through Wednesday nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. If these options don’t suit you, or you really only have a quick question, I suggest finding someone in your hall that is also taking the same class (or a higher one). There have been many times where I’ve walked down the hall to ask my neighbors questions about homework, and it has helped me a lot!

In general, I’ve been learning a lot over the last two months, not just in my classes either. I have been learning lessons in everyday life. Some extra tips I have for you include:

  1. If it is going to take you 15 minutes to get to a class, don’t leave 17 minutes before the class begins. (This seems like a no-brainer, but I always think I can just walk faster and get there with a couple minutes to spare. Then, I remember that there are a thousand people on campus and everyone walks SO SLOW. I’ve also taken to finding shortcuts around campus to cut travel time.)
  2. Don’t try to walk fast with coffee in your hand. (If you do, bring a Tide Stain Stick. It is a lifesaver.)
  3. Work on assignments ahead of time, like WAY ahead of time if you can. This will give you time to double check your work before turning it in. Plus, you’ll have more free time.
  4. Try to work out a couple times a week. If you’re not one for the gym, then just make a conscious effort to do whatever it is that you can to stay calm and relaxed.
  5. Try new things! Now is the time. Push yourself to try new foods, talk to people, join clubs, read a book that’s outside of your usual genre –– really anything outside of your ‘normal.’
  6. Schedule some time to connect with people from back home. While it’s fun to hang out with new friends here, it’s also nice to just take some time to talk to people who know you really well.

Now, I’m not saying that you have to live your life the way I do. You may not wish to hit the gym at all, and maybe you don’t think your TA is much help. Either way, I encourage you to just find what works for you and stick to it.

Until next time!

One Comment Add yours

  1. lorie says:

    I can see talking about the advice you gave and hear your voice – it is very real and has a great tone of reality and yet, some anxious excitement. love you, L


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