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College Advice

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Michael Becker

on 17 May 2011

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We're free! Now what?! Hopefully you've learned it is 'college,' not 'collage' "It's all about the experience of college, not the education" "...the work never ends, but college does."
-Tom Petty "We've grown so far apart since college..." Average amount of time spent in high school classroom: 37.5 hours per week Average amount of time spent in college classroom 12-16 hours per week Let's remember why you're there The college educated adult on average makes $1 million more than a non-college educated adult in their lifetime Student loan debt is rising, so why waste money that you don't even have? Your interests may change. Life may force you to change. People may make you change. Never lose sight of why you're in college. Friends grow apart but they don't have to! Average amount of time spent with extracurricular activities: 8-16 hrs per week Extracurriculars become fun IM clubs, minimal practice, and for the enjoyment of doing something! Yes...you or your friends will have 'too much fun' at some point Yes...there are parties. A study was conducted in 2008 by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. This study surveyed 30,183 students who took the Alcohol.edu on-line alcohol education course. This study suggested that first year students who used alcohol spent approximately 10.2 hours per week drinking and 8.4 hours per week studying. Find your professors' ratings online. Many professors have little interest in teaching. Do not base your entire education around these websites, but use it as a forewarning. Prepare for helpless moments... mind blowing lectures... Assorted grading styles... and frustration in the art of teaching. The 'island' of Armada does not fly away and magically change as soon as you leave the town... Armada is always here, and it will always be here. You have experienced everything Armada has to offer (and then some). There are only 4-6 years in your life where freedom is not tied to family, responsibilities, and expectations. You are just as capable of calling a friend as they are for calling you. The success rate of female best friends remaining best friends as roommates... ehhh, not so great... More available time = more time to procrastinate Procrastination created by:
Hanging out with friends/parties
IM sports/clubs You have to be disciplined to occasionally say "No" when friends are begging you to come out. Professors' real job is not to teach: majority focus on research or another profession. College education is extra income or a means to do their research. Professors only know the students who care, they do not care about you unless you put the effort in! Email, office hours, tutoring, labs, etc. all play a major part in your grade and what professors remember you...ESPECIALLY the professors from your major/minor fields. Your friends at school are some of your greatest assets... and some of your greatest distractions "You can make up a test or class, but you can't make up a party!" The real truth is you can make up a party, but classes cost thousands of dollars A large percentage of the most profound learning experiences in college will come outside the norms of the classroom... You teach yourself the material... you experience the hands-on lab... ...and the existential conversations with friends So what about all that extra time?! The expectation is that for every hour you spend in your college course, you are to read, work, or study for 2-3 hours on your own. For those non-math majors out there: 12-16 hours in class multiplied by 2-3 hours studying per hour in class Equals 30-40 hours of obligated school time Near equivalent of a full time job New responsibilities emerge The average college student does not graduate in 4 years... ...in fact, it's almost impossible to graduate in 4 years in a specialized field due to internships and hands on experience needed to make you a viable future employee. You will know people who will choose 5 different majors... and go to 4 different schools The ones who struggle the most are the ones who cannot transition from HS to college to adult life. Every step of the journey is a new experience needed to be successful. You didn't go from simple addition to quadratic equations... You layer the experiences as a foundation...just like you layer addition to multiplication to algebra (and whatever other stuff that your English teacher has no clue about :) Bills (lots of 'em!) Rent Student loans Paying for food Paying for fun Full time jobs Long term b/f or g/f ...or even a husband or a wife! (please don't) It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education is a liberal arts college is not learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks. ~Albert Einstein Yes, you need to study and learn Yes, you need to go out and meet people and experience things Never again in your life will you have the ability to do both freely and expectedly. One may be more fun than the other... “You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does..."” A LOT more fun... A lot = two word!
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