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12 Things I Wish I Knew Before College

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12 Things I Wish I Knew Before College

  1. 1. 12 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went To College Masterclass by: Amanda Cross of The Happy Arkansan
  2. 2. About Me • My name is Amanda Cross • I am a 24 year old blogger and graduate student. • I survived college with a 3.4 GPA, lots of activities, and no all nighters. • If I could be any animal in the world, I’d be a dog.
  3. 3. Today’s Plan • The lesson plan is simple. I am going to teach you the 12 things I wish I knew before I went to college. • This is going to be a masterclass packed with the information that I think all freshmen should know before going away to college. • I am really excited about today’s masterclass & I hope you are too.
  4. 4. You Are In The Right Place If… • You want to be prepared for college’s ups and downs before you step foot on campus. • You want to learn more about the day in the life of an actual college student and problems that college students face. • You want to get some ideas on how you can be a better student.
  5. 5. Welcome Week
  6. 6. #1: No, You Don’t Need That Shoe Rack. • Let me tell you a little story about the day I dreaded the most at my alma mater…College Move-In Day.
  7. 7. #1: No, You Don’t Need That Shoe Rack. • You are essentially living in a cell you can decorate…not a mansion. • Moving out is always harder than moving in. • Be wary of buying too many things before you move in. You can always swing by Walmart for low prices after you have everything set up!
  8. 8. #2: Do The Team Building Games (They Secretly Rock!) • Usually, I dislike team building games, but I decided to give them a shot during my freshman year welcome week, and I am still alive to tell the tale.
  9. 9. #2: Do The Team Building Games (They Secretly Rock!) • Be Open • Meet New People • Be A Little Less Lonely During Welcome Week
  10. 10. #3: Don’t Start The Cycle Of No. • Why exactly are you saying no? You just got here.
  11. 11. #3: Don’t Start the Cycle of No. • We have two types of no’s: • The Absolute No: This no violates your values and who you stand for as a person. Don’t compromise on this no. • The I Don’t Want To Put On Pants No: This is the no we give because we don’t want to put in effort. Put in some effort, put on some pants, have some fun!
  12. 12. Relationships
  13. 13. #4: The Welcome Week Bestie Is Definitely A Thing (And That’s OK). • I made many friends during Welcome Week that I didn’t keep.
  14. 14. #4: The Welcome Week Bestie Is Definitely A Thing (And That’s OK). • You change/They change • You have one schedule/They have another • You realize y’all don’t really get along/They realize the same • You find new friends/They find new friends • It’s okay. It’s all normal.
  15. 15. #5: Your Roommate Doesn’t Have To Be Your Best Friend. • My first roommate was just a roommate.
  16. 16. #5: Your Roommate Doesn’t Have To Be Your Best Friend. • Be cordial • Don’t be passive aggressive • Come up with ground rules out of the gate • Remember your RA is there to help if things go south.
  17. 17. #6: Put Yourself Out There • Love can be hard, if you aren’t willing to work at putting yourself out there.
  18. 18. #6: Put Yourself Out There • Go to events • Meet new people • Explore • Don’t be afraid to just live your life!
  19. 19. Academics
  20. 20. #7: Your Professors Want To Get To Know You. • Getting to know your professors can be pretty cool. They probably have a lot in common with you!
  21. 21. #7: Your Professors Want To Get To Know You. • Do your work • Show up on time • Go to office hours • Be totally cool
  22. 22. #8: It’s OK If You Study Differently Than Everyone Else. • Ahh, nothing like flash cards and nerves on test day.
  23. 23. #8: It’s OK If You Study Differently Than Everyone Else. • Some people study well with note cards. • Some people study well with audio. • Some people study well under pressure. • Some people study well with lots of time. • Studying is not a contest.
  24. 24. #9: You Need To Be Comfortable Taking Initiative For Your Own Education • Mentors are cool, but sometimes you gotta be your own mentor.
  25. 25. #9: You Need To Be Comfortable Taking Initiative For Your Own Education • Get to know your professors • Read articles and books related to your field (outside of what you need to read for class) • Have experiences like museum visits and watching documentaries. • Google Alerts is your bestie
  26. 26. Financial
  27. 27. #10: Always Get The Most Flexible Meal Plan. • Let me tell you about my freshman year meal plan…
  28. 28. #10: Always Get The Most Flexible Meal Plan. • Flexible meal plan means you spend less money on food. • The cafeteria won’t be fun forever.
  29. 29. #11: Use What You Pay For. • As a campus tour guide I got to let people know about all of the amazing services that we had on campus.
  30. 30. #11: Use What You Pay For. • Use your tutoring services, health services, workout/gym services, career services, campus life services, any service you can get your hands on. • Go to all the games and fun events you can go to. • You are probably paying for it anyway.
  31. 31. Food For thought • Go to the A-Z Index of your college’s website. • Go through all those pages and consider some of the cool services they mention. • Consider using some of those services throughout the school year or just learning more information about it. • You will probably be surprised at the services offered.
  32. 32. #12: Budget & Keep Track Of Expenses • Budgeting is fun, because going in the negative is not fun.
  33. 33. #12: Budget & Keep Track Of Expenses • Budget your needs first • Budget in savings • Budget wants • Be realistic
  34. 34. Conclusion • You should have learned • The 12 things I wish I knew before I went to college. • These 12 things were separated into many categories including Welcome Week, Relationships, Academics, and Financial. • After learning these 12 items hopefully you feel much more comfortable going into your new semester as a freshman in college.

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