Being A College Student

Being A College Student

You know you're a college student when...

The life of a college student can be rather…adventurous, if I may say. College is said to be the best four years of your life. That could be true for some people, while others may disagree.

As a senior in high school, most students think they can’t get wait to graduate and move on to college for this is when their life will begin. Many students plan to go away to college while others like to stay close to home. I’m sure many have already wondered what college will be like. Will it be just like high school, will it be fun or will it be nerve wrecking? You can never really know until you are actually in college. While you may ask others you know who are in college about their experience, don’t get ahead of yourself and think it would be awesome because everyone you know in college told you that. Everyone has a different experience.

The life of a college student isn’t always what it seems like in the movies. There’s more to it.

First off, one of the best things about being a college student is scheduling. You get to make your schedule how you want it. You get to choose what classes you want to take on what day, depending on when it’s offered. After years of going to school and having your schedule made out for you, you finally get to take control of what you want. The college schedule of course is very different from the high school schedule. Your classes are not 45 minutes long. But you get to be flexible with your classes because you’re making the schedule. So there’s no more complaining about hating your advisor for giving you a crappy schedule because you’re the one who made it. And the best part of making your schedule is you get to choose what time you want to start your day, based on the classes of course. And for the record, most college students never have to take Friday classes; so you got yourself a three day weekend for the whole semester.

Another thing with classes in college is that you were probably told in high school that you need to take a history class, what they didn’t mention is that you had up to at least 10 choices of history classes and some other classes that aren’t history-based you could take that would satisfy that history course you would need in order to graduate.

Moving on from classes and scheduling, is actually the college experience itself. When you become a college student, you get to explore your interests, things that you love. You get to discover yourself as a person all while learning these new things. When you pick a major you are choosing a field of study to specialize. You are finally finding your interest, if you haven’t already. Being able to finally decide on something is one of the biggest reliefs for a college student. Having to choose something to study is a hard decision in doing so you are choosing the path for your life, a career goal. And choosing something you are going to be doing for many years of your life is a tough choice. You want to do something you like and something you have of interest. So in the future, you won’t regret it because you are at this job you hate. Keep in mind when you are making a choice for a career path, don’t do it for the money. Because even with that paycheck, it won’t be worth it.

As a college student you should extend your connections. The best way to get around or even find a job is to know people. The more people you know the better connections you will have built up. Getting involved with your school is also a great way to really being a part of something. Join clubs and get involved with campus activities, make friends and get to know your professors because you’re probably going to need recommendations for graduate school.

Now like all schools, every student has to deal with exams. Exams in college are a big deal, especially when it’s 35 percent of your grade and that’s just for one exam. Taking an exam in college should never be taken lightly or, “I’ll do better on the next one,” because when you see that GPA drop, you’re going to wish you had done better on both. There are no do-overs in college, I mean unless you want to take the class over again, but you could’ve saved yourself from doing that had you taken it seriously the first time.

Since we are on the topic of exams, I’d like to say this. You know you’re a real college student when...

1. You are staying up all night studying for an exam the next day with a can of red bull next to you or maybe even coffee.

2. You are up the whole night writing an essay that was assigned two weeks ago and is due the next day. (Normally you’re lucky if it’s due the next day. Most professors want it in by midnight.)

3. When writing an essay you have no idea what you’re writing about, but you’re just writing a bunch of rubbish. (In my defense, those papers always get the best grades, but do not do that)

4. And lastly, your eating habits are so bad that you don’t realize until your room is piled with junk because you haven’t left since you we're busy studying (I hope).

But don’t exams scare you. It’ll be over. Yes, it will be stressful having to spend such a nice, sunny weekend studying for a biology exam, but once it’s over you can walk out the room and let out a nice breath of air you’ve been holding in.

There’s a lot more to being a college student of course, I just thought I would touch up on a few important things. But you shouldn’t let the word college scare you or a few classes hold you back from your dreams, just go for it. Four years may seem like a lot, but it will fly by.

Trust me.

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A Letter To Graduating High School Seniors

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Everything is happening so fast. You realize that you're playing in your last game or singing in your last concert with peers you grew up with since you were 5, and it's all so sad that the era is over. On top of all these emotions, you have to think about the future with everyone asking you the same questions. "Where are you going to school?" " What are you going to major in?" "What kind of career do you want?" But, you're also asking yourself these questions.

I've been living on this planet for two decades now, about to finish my second year of college, and I can honestly say that you never know where life is going to take you. You think you're right where you need to be and then all of a sudden, you're somewhere else.

When I was very young, maybe five or so, I was fascinated by dinosaurs and told everyone that I wanted to be a paleontologist when I grew up. I imagined myself spending my life digging up fossils and putting them in museums for everyone to see.

Then I got a little older, and I wanted to play professional baseball. I had played ever since I was three years old, and I loved the game so much that I wanted it to my career. The numbers of how few guys actually went pro didn’t scare me. Then I got to high school and realized that I'm not so good at baseball. At least, not as good as the best high school players.

During my sophomore year of high school, I took an intro to engineering class and decided that I wanted to be an engineer. I wasn't sure what branch, but that was the fit for me. Then I discovered roller coasters and how much joy they bring to me, so I wanted to design them. Well, last semester I was taking engineering classes and realized that 1) engineering is really hard and 2) I didn't like what I was doing.

Now I'm a marketing major and minoring in fashion and retail studies looking to get into the fashion world after college.

I sat in on a seminar for one of my classes this semester, and this guy was talking to us about how he went to school for accounting, and he was a tax accountant after school. He realized that he didn't want to do that and now, he's the CEO of Designer Shoe Warehouse.

So, it's perfectly okay to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life right this second, and it's okay to take some time to figure it out. Everything happens for a reason, whether you know why or not. You just have to be patient because sooner or later, you will end up where you need to be.

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Loans Are Not Your Best Friends

They're available for a reason, don't fall for it so easily

Common sense tells some of us that loans are bad, just from past experiences of our parents or other adult figures in our lives. However, for the other 44 million risk takers it may look like opportunity.

An opportunity to have extra money, more clothes, vacations and a beautiful bank account … for the moment.

Of course, many college students have no other option than to take out a loan due to a lack of financial aid and/or other contributing circumstances, but the key words I just used were “no other option.”

Loans should be used as your very last resort when you’re in great need of funds, whether it be for school or personal use. Loaners, specifically universities and colleges, are always extremely generous when offering advances. Don’t let them hoax you.

$5,000 sounds amazing in the moment they offer it, but six months after you graduate that money is due. Need an extension? No problem, you’ll just owe more than you borrowed.

I’ve come across a handful of students who are so excited to borrow a ton of money from their university and their explanation for the loan is, “I’m going to be in debt anyway,” or “I’m going to be rich when I become a doctor. I can pay it back.”

Don’t be one of these people.

In the long run, these unnecessary loans can be detrimental to your credit score and even prevent you from being able to receive finances when you actually need it.

Need more? Here are five examples of acceptable loans:

1. Paying for college classes

Apply for at least five scholarships first.

2. On the verge of being homeless

3. NEED a vehicle

Don't exceed $5,000.

4. Summer Classes

One or two classes only. Financial aid is rarely offered to anyone during this time.

5. Investing in your business/future

A start off loan, but don't exceed what you can't return.

Here are five examples of bad loans:

1. Paying another loan

Don't borrow and borrow to pay someone else. You'll still be in debt.

2. Upcoming vacation

3. Newer/better car

Keep your current car until it falls apart. Literally.

4. Braces/bigger butt/new boobs

Save your own money for this!

5. To quit your job

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