12 Pieces Of Advice For Incoming Freshman

12 Pieces Of Advice For Incoming Freshman

Here's the key to making your freshman year one for the books.
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As I begin my junior year of college, I reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the first half of my college career. While I am nowhere near completion of my college career because I still have medical school after the completion of my undergraduate degree, I do have a few pieces of advice on making the most of your college career and how to make things a little easier for you.

1. Get to know someone in each one of your classes.

You will miss class. Make a friend in each class so that you can get notes. Also, it comes in handy during exams so that you have friends to study with. It also comes in handy when you have any questions about the material you cover.

2. Don't skip class.

My freshman year, I thought it was a good idea to skip class. I ended up having to retake a class or two because my attendance caused me to fail. Maybe you will miss important information from a lecture or you will have points taken off due to poor attendance. Either way, you will succeed in a class if you do attend it.

3. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Your professors are there for your benefit. Your advisors are there for your benefit. Go to office hours, ask for tips on how the professor would study for an exam, ask for clarification on something from lecture. Go to the advising office, ask for clubs and organizations within your major, ask for success tips. The staff is there to make sure that you pass and reach your goals.

4. Live a healthy lifestyle.

The freshman fifteen is real (even at West Virginia University with the Life Science stairs). You will begin to notice around midterms that your diet and exercise has slacked off. Make exercise a daily habit. And use unhealthy snacks as a reward for an A or as a treat once a week.

5. Caffeine.

Welcome to college! You are going to pull all-nighters. You're going to go out with your friends. You're going to have early classes. Eventually, the blood running through your veins is going to be replaced by coffee or some other form of caffeine.

6. Take advantage of the library and the private rooms available for study groups.

Dorms and apartments are noisy. It's your best bet to go to the libaray so that you can get your work done.

7. Quality over quantity.

This applies to everything.

8. Take breaks often.

Don't write an essay or study for seven hours. Believe me, I have done it. You will get so much more done and stay much more motivated if you take breaks every hour.

9. Find clubs and organizations to join.

You will make friends with the same interests. You will have a hobby. You will find something you are passionate about. You will build your resume. You will fine your place at the school. Whether this be with creative writing, art, sports, Greek life, or something within your major, you should find something within your interest.

10. Take advantage of anything your school sponsors.

Concerts, cookouts, dances. Take a break from the books and find something to do. Go with your friends and enjoy yourself. Don't make it all work and no play.

11. You are ready.

You've made it. College starts soon. You've got this.

12. Make the most of it.

Join clubs and organizations. Participate in research. Show your school spirit at all of the events on campus. Work hard to get the best grades possible. Meet new people. Go greek. Find your place on campus.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.

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In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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