15 'Ned's Declassified' Tips That Still Work In College

15 'Ned's Declassified' Tips That Still Work In College

Tip #334.3F — When you're sitting with your friends, you are at the cool table

We all know and love the classic Nickelodeon show "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide," but have we taken enough time to really look at the tips? In honor of college students everywhere struggling here are 15 of "Ned's Declassified" tips that are just as relevant in college.

1. Tip #305F - Stay together with electives

The Middle School (ahem, college) system will separate you from your friends but you can use your electives to stay together at least once. Plan ahead: pick the same class. It's simple.

2. Tip #503.B - Be ready for surprises

I guess the only way to be really ready for the first day is to realize that nobody's ready.

3. Tip #320A - No class is ever full

No class is ever "full," it just reaches capacity. And to get in, all you need is Tip #320B.

4. Tip #320B - Get teacher approval

Get teacher approval. And a decent speech.

5. Tip #112 - Do whatever you can to stay awake

The Boring Teacher: Always have something in handy that can keep you and the class awake.

6. Tip #338.XU - Don't kiss up, do the work

I know it doesn't feel like it but teachers are people too and if you just do the work or at least try in class, you'll be amazed how much your grades shoot up.

7. Tip #334.3F - When you're sitting with your friends, you are at the cool table

When you're sitting with your friends, you are at the cool table.

8. Tip #987.4 - Home sick? Ask a friend for notes

Avoid falling behind in class and get a classmate to make copies of notes from the days you miss. But make sure that person takes good notes. Or better yet, get someone to video tape the class.

9. Tip #308 - If you're on the wrong end of a rumor, IGNORE IT!

If you're on the wrong end of a rumor, don't panic, just ignore it.

10. Tip #312 - Don't believe rumors and don't spread them

Rumors. Sometimes they're fun but usually they are nothing but trouble. So don't believe them and don't spread them.

11. Double Dating = Less Pressure

Avoid awkward silences with double dating.

12. Ask your teacher about tutor options

Don't beat yourself up. If you have a tutor, it doesn't mean you're dumb.

13. If you fail, don't overreact

Talk to your Guidance Counselor (or adviser, or professor, or TA) for advice on how to pass.

14. Don't get in the way of 8th graders

Walk with your friends in dangerous zones (away from eighth graders and actual college dangers).

15. Tip #309.8.2 - Have fun, don't have super-high expectations and go with the flow

THE FINAL AND MOST IMPORTANT TIP EVER (which was technically Moze's tip all along) Have fun. Don't have super-high expectations and go with the flow.

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What Do You Go To School For?

A bit on what I think, we as students, should be focused on

So, you’re a college student now. You’ve successfully navigated the minefield of both middle and high schools, you have sat through hours upon hours of college and scholarship applications, you have spent months—or days—trying to find a school that is right for you and have whittled down your list of three (or twenty-three) colleges to one. You have signed on the dotted line, packed up all your stuff, moved into your dorm, met your roommate and sent your teary-eyed parents on their way back home.

Now, you think, the fun begins. I can do whatever I want.

While that concept holds true to a degree, it is flawed in so many ways. Unfortunately, even in the second semester of my sophomore year, there are people who do not see the limitations on their freedom; they believe that college means freedom from responsibility, consequences, and life in general. This is not so.

While a college experience can mean the opportunity to explore your interests as a person both inside and outside the classroom, college is more than the opportunity to party, drink, and have fun. College, is about learning. It is about going into school one person and coming out someone else—even if that person is merely a distilled version of who you were when you entered.

It is about allowing yourself to experience modes of thought that differ from your own. It is about taking the time to engage with ideas that you never thought could have existed before you were confronted with them.

Ultimately, I think a lot of my fellow college students—especially my fellow Wake Forest students—let four years pass them by without fully allowing themselves to experience the magnificence that is the abundance of resources at our fingertips.

While some people spend their days toiling away only to “make enough money to get [their] broke asses home” at the end of the week, we here at Wake Forest have the opportunity to take advantage of resources some people can only dream of. Career counseling, amazing gym facilities, healthy and tasty food options, free psychological assistance from the University Counseling Center and much more, but people on this campus take this for granted.

It occurs to me that one might want to know what gives me the impression that these resources are being taken for granted on this campus. Well, the fact that I have had classes with people who think it is acceptable to skip class on a regular basis is one thing that gives me this impression.

The fact that people, myself included, have the nerve to complain about the food options—and I want to be clear, I’m not talking about people who have dietary restrictions or needs that are not met—here on campus gives me that impression. The fact that people fix their mouths to complain about the people who prepare their food, clean their buildings, and so much more gives me this impression.

When I look around Winston-Salem and see the pervasiveness of poverty, or the expanse of the local food desert, my impression that Wake students take these resources for granted is increased. When I talk to people who complain about the free washing facilities while others have to spend over $50 and an entire day to wash half of their wardrobe, I get the impression that the resources we have are being taken for granted.

But, most of all, when I encounter people who are left perplexed by the concept that my time here at Wake Forest is dominated by academic pursuits and leadership positions. When I encounter people who do not understand why I don’t drink underage or enjoy going out and wasting time at a party while I have work to do, I am struck dumb by the sheer lack of focus on their futures.

This isn’t to say that students who party or drink are bad people, it also isn’t an attack on those who enjoy drinking, but the reality of the situation is that participating in those situations can be an obstacle to an individual’s future. Drinking underage or partaking in drugs can completely derail an individual’s life, regardless of how commonplace it is here on campus.

I spend my time pursuing lifelong loves such as martial arts, music, and knowledge in general. All in all, everything I do while I’m in college has utility for my life and I think that people who realize that they can participate in activities which are relaxing but simultaneously utile are the people who truly get the purpose of college.

We’re here for at least four years, and in that time, we should take classes, participate in extra-curriculars and take advantage of every opportunity we can, but we should do so with the understanding that the reason we are here is to build ourselves as people—to build our futures. I guess the crux of this entire article is that some of my fellow students need to check their priorities.

As usual, feel free to disagree. Far be it from me to stifle dissent in a college setting, it’s that dissent which leads to productive conversation and involved learning after all.

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​9 Things That Inevitably Happen In A Big College Lecture Class

Take it from someone writing this during a lecture class.

Anyone who has taken a large lecture class in college knows what a unique learning environment it is. In a small class of 20 or so, there’s plenty of room for discussion and knowing your peers. In a class of 100 or so, you could very well never learn another’s name or say a single word within those walls. Typically, you can read the book and get the gist of the entire class without having to do much more than copy down a few notes.

With this loose of a structure, it is inevitable that your mind will wander. And wander it sure does.

1. If someone steals your seat, they’ll have hell to pay.

Listen, Jimmy, I get it’s a long walk to the ENTIRELY EMPTY row ahead of where MY seat is, but there are certain laws of the land and you are VIOLATING THEM.

2. You start off the class dedicated to paying absolute attention.

You WILL learn something. It’s a good idea. It’s just that...well, maybe playing snake for 50 minutes is a better idea yet.

3. You start considering impossible emergency situations.

What if a tornado comes in and wipes out half of the classroom? Am I sitting on the safe side? Should I be?

4. You get invested in other people’s iMessage conversations.

Excuse me, sir, but I see you up there texting “Lil Lady <3” and I see you also texting “Lil Mama ;).”

5. It becomes your online shopping destination.

Amazon is your new best friend. You’ll be well-versed on all the deals of the day and will make good use of Prime. Your bank account will hate you, but what else is there to do?

6. You eventually find your lecture husband/wife.

That guy sitting in the third row two seats to the left of the podium? Yeah, keep an eye out for our save the dates.

7. The random members of the class that stand out get nicknames.

Let’s face it, you’ll probably never learn anyone’s name. I’m looking at you, Whale Song Dude.

8. If you do learn someone’s name, it’s a bond that can (almost) never be broken.

You’ll sit together and have an amazing time in class, perhaps make some inside jokes or something of that nature before never talking again as soon as the semester ends.

9. You probably learn something along the way.

The point of the class is to learn and whether it’s the course material or the internet habits of the guy sitting in front of you, you’ll come out of this class knowing a little something extra about the world.

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