College students, what are some tips and tricks that you know that will significantly improve college life?

  1. Go to the gym. Most big universities will likely let you go for free as it will be included in tuition. It’ll likely be clean and have top-notch equipment. You can join a club or intramural team for just about everything. Those are a good way to meet people as well.

    When you’re stressing over finals or a paper, you’d be surprised how much an hour or so at the gym will clear your mind and help you focus. Plus, it’s college, so drinking is assumed and you’re going to want to combat some of the toxins you’re drinking out of that funnel.

    Go to class. the number of people I’ve seen almost lose their goddamned minds during finals season because they didn’t go to class on a regular basis is nutty. One way to keep yourself motivated to go is to divide up your tuition that goes toward classes by the number you’re taking. Then divide that by the number of times that class meets. Find out how much money you’re flushing by skipping and see if you don’t feel like a turd for not showing up. Just go, it isn’t that hard and it’s what you’re there for anyway.

    Keep up your hygiene and appearance. This sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many people think they can be stinky and look like a scrub just because mom isn’t around. Nobody wants to talk to the guy who looks like he just rolled out of bed, took a massive bong hit, and showed up to class without showering. I’m sure a lot of people will disagree, but being well put together, clean, and well dressed will make you more approachable. Professors and your peers will be more willing to get to know you.

    Use condoms.

  2. Nobody cares what you did in high school.

  3. College campuses have an incredible amount of resources available to students that many might not know about. The libraries are incredible. They often provide access to a lot of publications and academic resources that would be behind paywalls otherwise, not to mention movies, music, and books.

    Many colleges will have a career center with advisors that can help you figure out what you want to do after you graduate and how to line yourself up to meet those goals while you are in school. Your professors can help out with that as well, so get to know them in class and in office hours as well.

    You can also take advantage of workout facilities/courts/fields that are most likely more readily available and affordable than they would be if you were just a resident of the city.

    I mean a lot of it depends on where you go, but many colleges are basically mini self-sustaining environments. Take advantage of that fact.

  4. KEEP. YOUR. DOOR. OPEN. People will flock to an open door, you’ll make friends, you’ll play Smash Bros all night with people and college will be a breeze.

  5. Go to class. It’s unbelievable how many people skip classes. Also, get involved with student groups on campus. You’ll meet like-minded people that way. Communicate with your professors. If you can latch on to a few professors, they could end up helping you later down the road.

  6. Make sure you carve out some downtime for yourself. Especially for freshman who are adjusting to the hectic college life, it is crucial to be able to escape and find a place to relax for a little bit. You lose almost all privacy in college, especially if you have a roommate; find somewhere on campus that is quiet, and go there when you feel you are too overwhelmed. Trust me, it can really save your life.

  7. Go to your professors office hours. They will often give you a much more personalized experience. Many professors will basically tutor you, and in doing so tell you what will be on the next exam. I spent more time in office hours than class for harder subjects. Also, I feel like they are more likely to give you that little edge if they know/like you. Instead of a B+ maybe you get an A-

    • Go to class. It’s a ton easier to get by in college if you actually go to class.

    • Don’t wait until the last minute to study, because chances are it could take 30 hours to prepare, not those last 3 hours you saved to cram.

    • Don’t forget to go out and do new things, or else you might end up finding college really lonely and unable to make friends.

  8. My handwriting is awful so although this is small, some of us need all the organizational help we can get. For classes with noncumulative tests, every day when I take notes I write the date and an arbitrary symbol (lets say a *). So when you’re cramming for your next midterm and can’t tell where to begin in your notebook, just look for all the notes with a * next to the date and study those. Change the symbol for the next midterm.

  9. If you aren’t a morning person, don’t sign up for morning classes. You will skip them.

    If you plan on being social, don’t sign up for late evening classes. You will skip them.

    You want to find classes between 10 and 6 if at all possible. SHOW UP TO YOUR CLASSES

    You may not get the opportunity during your first year, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Approach your professors and inquire about research opportunities. Apply yourself during these opportunities. When you go to apply for a job or graduate school, you’ll want letters of recommendations. The professors you did research for will be happy to supply them.

    Find programs to volunteer in. Graduate schools and employers care about this.

    It is important to do well in school. But anyone can study at home and learn the same information. What you can’t get at home is the social experience. Network. Meet friends and surround yourself around people that are trying to succeed. When you need a job, these people will already have their foot in the door and will vouch for you.

    When you get a chance to take an elective, don’t pick a blow off class. Pick a course that you are actually interested in and something that will advance your skillsets. No one cares that you took bowling. If you take a few foreign language courses, that will make you much more marketable. You may find that you will also have the option to minor in another field.

    College shouldn’t be all about work. Assign time each day that you will be dedicated to working hard. But also assign time to relax and have fun. You are no longer living with your parents. You are your own boss and are responsible for your own quality of life. You need to be responsible, but set aside at least one day a week to just have a good time with no worries.

    No matter the advice people give you, no matter how strongly you believe it won’t happen to you, you will wait until the last minute. Your work will suffer for it and your education will suffer for it. Get a planner now, and when you have a project, don’t write in the due date. Set milestones for the project and put those milestones into planner. You might still wait until the last minute for each mile stone, but at least you will have several opportunities to realize how far behind you are and you will have the chance to get your shit in order.

    Don’t drink and drive. You are young. You are not good at driving and you certainly aren’t good at drinking, don’t try doing both.

    Recognize people around you that are at college for the wrong reasons and distance yourself from them. They will bring you down and your work and studies will suffer.

  10. After community college, universities will look more heavily at your gpa during your transfers. DO NOT FUCK UP COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  11. It might sound like the obvious but don’t get written up for stupid shit. I’m not saying to party or drink but always try to be aware of what’s going on. Party in someone else’s room and leave if it gets too crowded for example. if you’re smart about stuff you can cruise your way through college without having to deal with administration