Little bit about me: I graduated from FHS in 2016 and I’m in my second year at Texas Tech (hence the y’all). I’m majoring in mechanical engineering with minors in math, Spanish, and probably physics. I’m the treasurer of the Tech Gymnastics Club, which I kind of joined on a whim during my first month of college and have loved ever since. I’m also the student assistant in a machine shop on campus, which is super rad as far as undergrad jobs go.
As for college advice, I’m sure all of you have all repeatedly been told to get involved and develop time management skills. This is without a doubt valuable counsel, however I’m pretty certain that if you weren’t going to follow that advice in the first place, repeating it again will do nothing to convince you, and if you were already planning on doing so, then you probably don’t want to read about it again. So, instead, I have compiled bits of college wisdom from my experience that I don’t think would be found in a typical advice column.
- If you go out of state, you aren’t going find decent green chile (or red, for that matter). I got excited one time when I saw the option to add green chile to my dish at a restaurant and I made the mistake of ordering it. It was utterly disappointing. If you’ll have access to a freezer, I highly recommend taking a Ziploc bag of your preferred chile.
- Make an effort to learn the layout of your new city. Otherwise, your phone will inevitably die some time when you are driving home from an event and you’ll have to wander listlessly for a bit before you find a street you know.
- Don’t ask your professors when their offices hours are. It is in the syllabus, and they will be annoyed.
- College is amazing, but give it a little time. You might not find your niche right off the bat. The people you hang out with in the first few weeks might be your friends for a long time, or they might not be. Either is okay.
- Pay really close attention to where you park on campus. Tickets are not fun.
- Professors really appreciate students who are engaged in class, and it pays dividends.
- Try not to fall into a habit of using homework solution sites on a regular basis. They make homework a breeze, but you pay for it when exams come around.
- Always double-check that you have your headphones in your backpack before you leave to study.
- If your school has a big campus, I have personally found that some kind of wheels, be it a bicycle, longboard, skateboard, or unicycle, is a godsend.
- Call your parents. They miss you, and you could very well be surprised how nice it is to talk to them.
- If you get the chance to take a nap, revel in it.