The college life
Whether you want to think about college now, or wait until the last minute, college is fast approaching and will be here sooner than you think.
You find yourself worrying about filling out applications and trying to make your whole life story fit into that tiny little box, and actually getting into the college of your choice; those are just all the rumors. Is college really what it appears to be? Are there really big parties like in the movies? High school sure isn’t what it’s like on TV, why should college be any different?
“I think college will be more work and you’ll have to study a lot more” said senior Michael Ghiris.
Everyone doesnt go to the same college and they all have different reasons for going to the college they choose to go to. It’s expensive though and you have to do well in high school as well if you want to get into that dream school of yours.
“I want to get into USF for their business management program” says Ghiris
So what about all the fun things that college includes? Some things that your older brothers, sisters, and friends have told about has to be true. They wouldn’t make it up. And not everything on TV can be a lie.
“Well, I go to community college but it’s not at all like it is on TV. No one really talks. We have class, do our work, and leave. Universities are probably different though, I’m sure.” Said Former PHU graduate of 2010 Angelica Bronisz.
If you’re going into college soon and don’t know what to expect, here are some tips on surviving your freshman year…
“Start over. Don’t worry about your past. No need to worry about who you were in High school. You’re a totally different person now and mostly everyone will be new to you.” Said Junior at Penn. State Jennifer S.
When you go to college you don’t need to bring with you your whole wardrobe and bedroom from home. The dorms are smaller than you think and can only fit your very important items. So only bring the bare necessities. Some things you’ll defiantly want to include though are: A coffee cup. You’ll need that for an afternoon pick-me-up and when you’re up late all night studying, you’ll need something to keep you awake for that early 7AM class. Flip Flops! Whether you’re going to school in Alaska or school on the beach, flip flops will always come in handy for those middle of the night fire drills and late night chat sessions in the hallway. It’s always a better alternative to bare feet. A mini-fridge means not having to get up in the middle of the night and walk to the vending machine and you’ll always have a drink or snack when you need it. A dry erase board. It’s important for remembering your homework and classes you need to attend. It’s also good for writing your roommate a little note. Also bring extra hangers; never know when you might need those.
Here are some more tips for surviving your freshman year. With a little help from seventeen magazine. 1) Make your room the room everybody wants to hang out at, have your door open so people know they’re welcome. 2) Respect your roommate’s standards. Ask before borrowing anything. A little thing here and there you think may not be a big deal, all adds up in the end. If you didn’t pay for it, leave it alone. Give them some alone time. They may need to ‘’study” or get things done on their own. Schedule some time to be out of the room. 3) When going to class, there’s no need to bring a million and one things with you. Your phone, money, keys, and license are all you really need. And lastly, books are expensive and you’re probably only going to use them once so there’s no point in paying for them when you can just borrow them from someone and are probably available for less on Amazon.
Hopefully with that information and ones from your friends, you’ll be ready to go for college.