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Read your syllabus!!!!
This important document tells you the do’s & don’ts of the classroom, your professor’s pet peeves (lbvs), and school policies. Most importantly this documentation tells you when assignments, and papers are due as well as when tests are on deck. Remember college is not like high school and your professor will not go out of his or her way to remind you when things are due.
In addition to your syllabus giving you the 411 on assignments, it also tells you when your professor is available. Take this opportunity to meet with your professor and ask questions! Let me repeat, ask questions! Build a relationship with your Prof during office hours, especially if you attend a large to mid-size university. Please note that 9 times out of 10, you are just another number, so showing your face during office hours and building a rapport with your professor will separate you from the rest. Going to office hours gives you an advantage. Trust me, by doing this a B+ can turn into an A- real quick just by carving out time to go to office hours. Many professors have an open door policy for office hours, while others require you to make an appointment. Learn which one your professor subscribes to.
You’re going to be B-R-O-K-E!
You’ve been told a million times that, if you go to college you will make more money. This is true to a certain extent. You’ll make more money over time than a person with just a high school diploma, but before you get to that job with the great salary, you have to finish college, and while you’re in college you will be broke. Sorry to break the news to you, but everybody can’t be about that stripper life. Have you seen strippers lately? The requirements have changed, and unless you look like Blac Chyna, you’re just going to have to suck it up and find ways to enjoy your brokenness. Being broke in college is actually fun when you’re in college. You come up with alternative ways to have fun with your college pals like: yelling out your dorm windows to hear the echo, dorm room parties, running through the halls of your dorm, playing the Questions game, Frat house parties, etc… Trust me, you will make a way out of no way!
For some strange reason free food is always available at school. It’s like they have a special fund for food or something. If your meal plan happens to run out mid semester no need to fret, there’s a department, fraternity, sorority, or some type of organization on campus hosting some event, where food will be served.
Meet New People!
The people you meet in college are some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet in life! College is all about new experiences, new adventures, and meeting new people. I know your friends from home are dope af, but gaining new college pals can be rewarding and enlightening. Share your differences, embrace your differences. Learn about cultural differences, not just in relation to race. Meeting new people helps you network for future references and endeavors. New college friends help you to learn, grow, create and help you gain a better understanding of life and the world around you. And guess what? Your college friends just may ending up being your friends for a lifetime.