10 Do's and Don'ts of College

10 Do's and Don'ts of College

A guide to making it through the gauntlet of College

1) Do go out and meet new people. Enjoy yourself in a responsible way because come exam time you're going to be stressed. College can be stressful, its inevitable. Finding somewhat responsible ways to unwind is very important to surviving four years.

2) Don't lose your motivation because you finally have freedom. There are many things, people, and events that happen along the course of college that are tempting. Do it if you want, but don't forget the real reason you're in College: To learn and further your education, discover who you really are, and to become a better person.

3) Do remove yourself from your social comfort zone. Getting out and doing new things with new people is what college is supposed to be about. You would be surprised some of the great people you will meet along the way if you simply open yourself up.

4) Don't lose your sense of worth among the masses of people. Find a good group of people and hold on to them. These will be some of your best friends, and they are there to help. You are not just another face in the crowd.

5) Do skip class every once in a while. You need to take a day, not move, watch Netflix, and eat pizza occasionally. Having you time is important for your mind to unwind. And, to be honest, once you graduate this isn't very socially acceptable anymore.

6) Don't skip so much class that you get behind. It is tempting, we all know this. But, you will be much better off in the long run if you keep absences to a minimum. When you realize how much work you still have to do towards the end of the semester, on top of studying for exams, you will regret it.

7) Do take random road trips on random weekends. College is a time in your life when you actually have the opportunity to go wherever you want and do basically what you want. This does not last in most cases. Enjoy it while you have the opportunity.

8) Don't quit talking to your family. Regardless of what has happened in the past, having a good relationship with your parents during college is crucial. Sometimes you mess up, sometimes you need help, and sometimes you just need a shoulder to cry on. Family is always there and they are a great resource.

9) Do what you really want to do. Don't let what other people say effect what you do with your life. In the end, you will only be happy doing something that you love. Go after what makes you happy.

10) Don't lose yourself along the way. College is a great time, but it will also beat you down at times. Don't ever let those around you change who you really are at the core.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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