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Continued: The advice I'd give my college freshman self

  • Article by: AIMEE BLANCHETTE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 2, 2014 - 5:20 AM

 

Draw your own conclusions

When it comes to getting the dirt on which professors hand out A’s like Halloween candy, Google with caution. “Don’t put too much stock in the Rate My Professor website,” said Baihly Warfield, a senior at the University of St. Thomas. “The only people that post are students with really good experiences or really bad experiences. Professors have different styles, just like students.”

 

Get to know your professor

Don’t be afraid to get to know them beyond the lecture hall. You might need an internship or job reference later. “I really, really regret not taking up a lunch offer from a professor,” said Feven Gerezgiher, a junior at the U.

 

Don’t be shy

Meeting new people can be harder than calculus, but in the grand scheme of things it’s just as important. “No one tells you that it can be really hard to branch out after your first year in college,” said Erin Murray, a junior at Macalester College. “I would have gone out of my way to meet more people and make more friends early on.”

 

Show your school spirit

There’s just something exciting about freezing your tail off at a subzero football game that brings people together. “Being from California, I did not realize how much I love hockey, and I really wish I had got season tickets sooner,” said Shannon Hargis, a junior at the U.

 

Catch your Z’s

Study often, but not all night. “I would have followed the ‘3 by 5 Rule.’ It states that you should study at least three hours a day, five days a week,” said Rachel Spatz, a junior at the U. “Some students may study more, but successful students know that three hours of hard work a day will allow for a balanced social life as well as allowing for a good night’s sleep.”

Take a ridiculous class

Lighten up your course load by taking “The Science of Superheroes” or “Star Trek and Religion” (both real classes). “I took a salsa dancing class for two credits and joined Unicycle Club,” said Mackenzie Madsen, a sophomore at the U. “It feels silly at first, but the experience is well worth branching outside of your comfort zone.”

 

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