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- When studying, study the hardest subject first. The easier ones will then seem like a breeze. If you leave the hardest one until last you’ll just end up avoiding it forever.
- Take study breaks every hour or so. If you’re in the library you can leave your stuff on the table and disappear for twenty minutes or so (but if the libraries are packed and you’re gone for more than half an hour you’ll probably get some side-eye on your way back in)
- Take advantage of wearing your favourite clothes in the first week because by the second week you and everyone else will be in baggy pants, pajamas and dungarees.
- Try get to class on time to avoid the embarrassment of having to walk in when the lecture has started.
- Go to college the morning after big events. These are usually very calming days when the most fun things happen because everyone’s hungover and delusional.
- The social dynamics are completely different than secondary school. It’s a completely fresh start and everyone is on the same social level.
- The canteen lady and the security guards will be your best friends by fourth year.
- Start your work as soon as you get it because it will pile up very quickly and next thing you know it’s four o’clock in the morning and you’re crying over an essay that’s due in 5 hours and you only have 200 words.
- If you’re in art college you’ll soon learn that the majority of the time the art work comes first and the concept behind it comes later.
- It’s ok to take sick days once in a while but its also very easy to fall behind, so do try to drag your ass in. And if you’re not going to make it send a quick email to your lecturer apologising for your absence.
- There’s a big difference between sitting on the left side of the room and the right side of the room. I dont know what it is, but its there.
- With smaller classes, where everyone sits on the first day is where they will sit for the rest of the year because of some unspoken force.
- If you feel like wearing your penneys finest baggy pants into college- do it. It’s fine. No one cares.
- The Writing/Resource centre is extremely helpful to some people and completely crappy for others. It’s all about how you learn, and both ways are ok. But if you struggle with writing in any way it’s always worth paying them a visit.
- Some of the colleges have their doctors office in ridiculously public places (IADT’s is right across from the canteen and you have to weave in and out of the chairs to get to it. If you have to pee in a cup everyone will know about it.) so your privacy on that front may not be so private.
- Learn how to cook, and eat healthily. The more you know about cooking the cheaper you can make healthy foods. Living off ramen noodles might seem like the cheapest option, but if you know what you’re doing there are cheaper and better ways.
- The person with the car will become your best friend.
- If anyone’s going for a ride somewhere and asks if you wanna come along, say yes. It doesnt matter what you’re doing, drop it and go with them. 99.9% of the time it’ll be the funnest thing you do all day.
- Make as many connections as you can because they will be vital come job hunting time when you leave college.
- Most of what you learn about during these years will be outside of the classroom. Especially if you’re in art college, it’ll be the life experiences that really shape the path you will take.
- Ring home often. Don’t loose touch with your family because they probably miss you like hell.
- But don’t go home every single weekend, you’ll miss all the fun. Plus weekends are sometimes needed to catch up on work.
- Take pictures. Lots of them. Your years in college are worth documenting.
- You will almost definitely cry in public at least once a year and that’s totally ok, you’ll probably get a free cup of tea out of it.
- Have a snack with you at all times.
- You will be a completely different person by the end of first year.
Since some of my friends are graduating next week and I’ll be graduating next year, I thought I’d put this together. Please feel free to add useful links or shoot me a message so I can. Hope this helps!
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like yes, I agree, girls are 500x better than boys, but let’s stop pretending that straight girls are not giant homophobes 9 times out of 10, and do remember that they are absolutely prone to ostracizing, undermining, bullying, harassing, outing, attacking, and assaulting lesbian and bi ones