If you're in high school
- Try to get 550+ on the math SAT score to avoid 2 remedial math courses.
- Visit at least 3 college campuses.
- Go because you want to go. Not because society expects you to.
- If you're emotionally immature, wait a few years before going.
- If you have severe mental illnesses, treat them before going.
- If academics is your passion, don't settle for a trade school.
- If college isn't working out well for you, don't be afraid to drop out and cut your losses.
- Don't go into a great school that you cannot afford.
- A decent tuition-free university is better than a great expensive university.
- Take university-accepted classes in a community college first, if you can.
- Get your textbooks used or try to find them for free digitally.
- Select a practical major that will help you in the job market.
- You can just learn the fun subjects for free online or at the library.
- Go on the campus webpage of majors list and narrow it down to 10.
- Research each of those majors for their pros and cons.
- Don't pick a major you don't like just because it pays well.
- High salary in a field doesn't matter if the growth-rate is low.
- If you're not working, 15 credits per semester is ideal.
- Ratemyprofessor.com is helpful, but don't take any review as scripture.
- Don't only pick easy classes. They will make you lazy and complacent.
- On the other hand, don't take more than 1 super-hard class per semester.
- Try to take classes about foreign cultures/history/politics rather than your own country's.
- Try to take classes that meet both major prerequisties and gen end prerequisites.
- Balance your course load between major/minor and gen ed classes.
- If you procrastinate easily, don't take notes on laptop/tablet.
- Try to break your notes up into small chunks and bulletpoints.
- Having too much free time in your schedule can make you lazy.
- Rule of 4: Study 4 days a week. Don't study over 4 hours in a day.
- Do small homework assignments right after you get out of class.
- Break a major assignment, like a research paper, into 20 small chunks.
- Talk to them briefly after each class. Ask them about their career.
- Visit their office every so often and ask them questions.
- Sit near the front of the class
- Frequently participate in class discussions
- Ask for a letter of recommendation at the end of the semester.
- If their political bias annoys you, do the following (a) excel in the class and (b) disagree with them politely.
- Commuters need to put in twice as much effort to make friends than dormers.
- Try going to a meeting of clubs/organizations you haven't tried before.
- Approach random people (who don't look too busy) and start conversations.
- 90% of acquaintances you meet you won't see again after a few months. It's life.
- Don't take rejection personally. Many people are too busy to make friends.
- Try to make friends with the older people (age 30+). Don't assume they don't want to meet you.
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