Being A College Student

Being A College Student

You know you're a college student when...
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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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Saying "No" Is OK

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It's that time of year again when your days are filled with nothing but class, work, assignments, clubs, extracurricular activities and much more. Your time and brain are going in every possible direction. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if letting go, actually gave you something back? That's right, I am talking about the word no and all it can do for you.

I too, fall into the trap of doing more is better. Having all my time devoted to activities or work is good for me. Taking nineteen plus credits hours somehow makes me a better person, even smarter person. Well, I hate to break it you, and me, that this thought process is extremely detrimental.

There are no rules that say we must do everything and anything. If there are, they are wrong. And that's why saying no is so important.

Currently, I am taking nineteen credit hours. Soon, I am going to make sure that it is sixteen. After the first week of classes, I discovered I was in a class that would provide me with a wonderful education, but it was not counting towards my major. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided that it would be best to say no to this particular class.

Before this year, I would have said, it's okay (even if it wasn't) and muster through the class. To the old me, dropping a class would be like quitting, but I cannot even begin to tell you, and me, how far from the truth that is.

Saying no is brave. Saying no is the right thing to do. Saying no allows you to excel in other areas. Because I have decided to say no, I am opening two more hours in my day. I am relieving myself of work and projects that would add to my already hectic schedule. I am doing what is best for me.

However, there is a part two to this no phenomenon. Continuing with my example, I now have two open hours in my week. The overachiever in me would try to find something to fill it. Maybe another club or activity. Maybe more hours at work or a place to volunteer. And while none of these are bad things to do or have in your life, you are just replacing a time taker with another. When you say no, mean it and don't fill it.

This is your year to say no. Not because you are lazy. Not because you aren't smart enough. Not because you can't. Say no because it is best for you. Say no because it frees you. Say no because you can!

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