Lesson from a Third Semester

29 Jan

As I write this, I am about to embark on my ending of third semester of my college career. Weird, right? It almost seems like yesterday when I was a little freshman moving in to this city. Except for the growth part, a lot has changed in these one and a half years. I’ve learned the hardships of picking the right classes and managing my social life and my studies, but it was all worth the ride. It’s cliché, but some say that college is the best four years of your life, and it’s true. They go by in the blink of an eye, so take the time to cherish your college life.

1. Take Advantage of Campus Resources

The thing about college is that it offers a variety of resources that very few students actually take advantage of. From coffee houses with free Wifi to free entry to recreation centers, free printing, and basically anything with the word FREE next to it, be sure to snatch up these opportunities now before you have to pay for the real thing once you enter the real world.

2. Learn How to Balance Academics and Activities

This is a pretty simple rule to follow, but sometimes, a freshman’s first semester can get a little out of hand. You’re on your own for the first time without Mom and Dad deciding your every move, so it’s up to you to determine if you’re going to that 10 a.m. class or if you’re going to go out every night. Here’s a handy tip: Go to all of your classes during syllabus week. While you should be attending them all semester long, this way, you can decide whether it’s worth dragging yourself out of bed every morning. And while it’s fun to go out, know your limits and know your deadlines. Don’t go out the night before you have an exam, and instead of pulling all-nighters and cramming, study for an hour a day until you have the material down. Studies have shown that you retain more information the longer you study. Plus, you can still have free time to do whatever else you want.

3. Go to Your Professor’s Office Hours

Like the rule before it, this is another handy tip for freshmen. If you’re stuck on an issue or don’t understand the material from lecture, go to your professor’s office hours as soon as you notice a problem. Professors have taken an hour out of their day to meet with students to help them succeed in the class, so it’s harmless to take an hour out of your day, too. Plus, if you go early on, you can get to know the professor and see what a future exam might be like. okay, nowadays this part applied only on limited occasions. FYI, some lecturers weren’t willing to spread stuffs like exam, indeed, there are a handful lecturers who likely show up on the exact time, not before. And if you take the time to meet with the professor, chances are if you’re on the border for a grade, he or she will bump you up. well, if nothing happen on your final grade, at last, just believe it was worth trying especially for the long-run.

4. Picky, picky and picky

Well, a good result comes not only from a hard work, but also depends on everything that come along. This rule applies in choosing teammates, or with whom you will work during almost the whole semester. every students have their own style and different levels of laziness. So, it a must to know which one you would still be able to handle on the worst situation and which one you can rely upon. they may become quite important especially if you studying on a major that likely put the team work to finish the final assignments in each subjects. once you get to know anyone who could be your soulmates on doing works, held them close. they might not the best of all, but be sure that they will always try to give their best shoots.

5. Have Fun!

Simple and easy. The opportunity to be a young undergraduate only comes once, so live it up to the fullest!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau


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