It’s fall semester, and some of our readers are moving on from high school to college. What better time to toss out some advice collected over the years to help smooth the transitions?
--Get in the habit of skipping assignments or classes, thinking you’ll make up for it later. You’ll be just as busy “later,” and have to work harder to catch up.
--Party too hearty. Among other things, remember almost every cell phone these days has a camera, so there’s more than just word-of-mouth to spread word of your antics.
--Skip “stupid sounding” get-to-know-you events like game nights and broom hockey. Sometimes the “stupid” stuff is the most fun.
--Forget that the Freshman Fifteen (the slang for frequent freshman weight gain) can sometimes turn into the Freshman Forty. If you want to stay in the clothes you brought to school, try to think Big Picture when making meal selections. Cheeseburgers and milkshakes are great--just not every day.
--Overlook laundry. That shirt that you found under your bed with dust bunnies and the mocha latte stains? Really shouldn’t be worn again, even if it does match your favorite skirt.
--Neglect your parents. You really do make their day when you call!
--Date the boy in the dorm room next to you...after you break up, you'll have to see him constantly for the rest of the school year, and who likes a run-in with her ex?
--Let your “back home boyfriend” visit to the exclusion of making new friends. This is your life now--embrace it!
--Loan money to classmates, friends, roomates. Nothing spoils a friendship faster than money owed.
--Walk alone at night. Most campuses have escort services that will pick you up at the library and drive you to your dorm. Be smart and alert, even on the safest of campuses.
Please, weigh in. There are way more than 10 “don’ts” and I’d love to hear yours!
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