7 College Must Do’s

This post is all about squeezing the most out of your college years.  Live it up, be productive, get great grades, make friends, share in new experiences, begin your career!  Here at College Career Success we want you to enjoy college and […]

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This post is all about squeezing the most out of your college years.  Live it up, be productive, get great grades, make friends, share in new experiences, begin your career!  Here at College Career Success we want you to enjoy college and be successful during and afterward.

First off, you are in college to get an education.  Be sure to understand that the goal of your time and money during these years is to earn a degree that will give you the skills and knowledge to go on to an exciting and fulfilling career.  Even if that sounds boring today, do your future self a solid and work hard in your classes.  The effort you put into college will most certainly give you a boost early in your career.  But, college is not all about books and tests; you will certainly want to have some fun too.  With that said, let’s look a some things that will help you both enjoy college and kill it in the classroom!

1. Put Yourself Out There

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Your freshman year can be very exciting, but college can be also intimidating.  Everything is new and different.  After you get acquainted with your surroundings in the first few weeks, begin to take some deliberate steps to get out there on the proverbial dance floor.  Start small by making a decision to show up to a information meeting about a new club or even simply visiting a new building on campus.  Choose small steps that you can take to continually grow in your confidence as a member of the community.  Before long, you will feel like you have been there for your entire life.  Being confident of yourself within your surroundings will help your social life flourish as well as your grades.

2. Go To Tutoring

Most colleges have free tutoring available for a lot of freshman courses and yet often not many students use this resource.  You can either spend two days trying to figure out a chemistry problem on your own, or you can go to tutoring and learn it in 30 minutes.  Tutoring is a HUGE help and can save you a ton of studying time.  Plus, you will truly learn the material better.  Use the resources available to you to get the most out of your study time and be better prepared for you classes.

3. Join A Club

Clubs in college are a great way to try different things and meet new people.  There are often all different types of clubs from scuba diving to basket weaving or even underwater basket weaving.  Often times, if you stay in a club for a long time, some of your best friends in college can come through these groups.  Join a club or several and get connected while doing things you love!

4. Talk To Your TAs and Professors

Most professors truly want to help their students learn.  Talking to your professor after class or during office hours is again an often under used resource.  Professors and Teaching Assistants (TAs) can help you out when you are stuck on assignments or point you in the right direction if you are lost.  Professors are often willing to help with homework, assignments, and have been known to give hints on upcoming tests!  Also, your professor is a great resource to connecting with the professional world outside of the University.  Ask them about internships and recommendations for work!

5. Try Something New

Similar to joining a club, there are always opportunities on a college campus to try something new even if for just a few hours.  Check out the events listings on campus.  Looks for signs and posters.  Go to a salsa dancing night or a try your hand at painting.  Gather some of your friends to gain some new experiences.  Who knows, you may just be the next Picasso!

6. Study With A Friend Or Group

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Let’s face it; studying can be boring and tedious sometimes.  Liven up your study time by studying with a friend or a small group from class.  Studying with other people can be extremely helpful.  You can compare notes to be sure that you didn’t miss anything.  You can discuss the course material to get a different viewpoint or understanding of the material.  And, you can help each other stay on task.  Plus, it is just more fun to have a friend.  This is especially helpful when studying for a test or completing a difficult homework set.  WARNING!  As great as it is to study with others, be very careful about who you choose to study with.  You will want a study partner that is serious about the course and willing to bring their own input to the session.  Don’t study with someone who just wants you to put in the work for them!  Ultimately, a good study partner can be an invaluable help, but choose wisely.

7. Take A Weird (Awesome) Class

Lastly, along the lines of new experiences, did you know there are whole classes devoted to new and/or awesome things?  There are climbing classes, music theory and volleyball classes, meditation and astronomy classes.  Find an awesome class and be awesome for a few hours a week.

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Charity Boman – College and Career Advice That Colleges Won’t Tell You!

“…It was a combination of all those things that made my career what it is today. If I had only attended college, I would probably still have a job, not a career.”

What are you thinking about when you enter college?  Most students are only thinking about making friends and taking in all that campus and college has to offer as a freshman.  Possibly, they are also still trying to figure out which major to choose.  College is exciting indeed (and a freshman should be excited!). But, if you are only thinking about tomorrow or the next month, you will be severely putting your future beyond college at a disadvantage!  But, don’t just take my word for it…  Let’s hear from experienced professionals making waves in their career every day of the week!

Today’s post is the second in the ‘College and Career Advice That Colleges Won’t Tell You!’.  Here we want to give professionals who have been in an established career the opportunity to share their insights.  Charity Boman has offered her experienced advice in what to consider NOW to make the most of your future career.  Be sure to follow College Careeer Success on Facebook to receive every edition of this new series!

What is your name and occupation? 

Charity Boman, Controller

 

Where did you attend college and what degree(s) did you earn? 

Kansas State University, Bachelor’s in Business Accounting

 

What did you like most about your time in college? 

I really enjoyed being surrounded by so many like-minded, similarly focused peers.

 

What did you like least about your time in college? 

What I liked least about college is the realization that the classes only prepare you for so much.  I worked my way through college, took internships, and volunteered.  It was a combination of all those things that made my career what it is today.  If I had only attended college, I would probably still have a job, not a career.

 

Knowing what you know from your professional career now, what one piece of advice would you offer to a high school junior regarding choosing a major? 

I started school intending on being a Chemical Engineer.  I was good at Chemistry; it paid well and sounded like a great career choice.  The problem was I didn’t ENJOY chemistry.  I changed majors to something I actually enjoyed, and I have been successful and achieved my goals.

 

So many students have a goal to ‘go to college’.  The goal should not be going, the goal should be the outcome.

 

What is something that you would’ve done differently during college or early in your career? 

While deciding on where to go to college, I focused too much on ‘getting out of here’, instead of focusing on where I should be to achieve my goals.  Sometimes the best choice isn’t halfway across the country, it could be right in your home town.

 

What is something valuable that you learned outside of the classroom at college? 

I worked, some years full time jobs, during my college years.  This was by choice.  My parents were paying my way, thankfully.  BUT, it was at my job that I realized who/what I wanted to be, and exactly what I didn’t want to be.  As a Jr./Sr. in high school, you don’t even fully understand the variety of jobs and careers out there.  You have to broaden your horizons and open up your level of experiences to know what it is you may enjoy doing.

 

As a professional now, what advice do you have for college entrants to achieve a successful and fulfilling career? 

So many students have a goal to ‘go to college’.  The goal should not be going, the goal should be the outcome.  Decide what you want to be then pick the path that gets you there.  If you start college without a goal, you will not fully utilize its potential.

 

What one thing do college students need to know about the working world that college will not teach them? 

Your degree may help you get the job, but it doesn’t mean you will keep it.  It’s your work ethic that will build your career, your degree just gets you in the door.

 

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What to Expect Your Freshman Year in College – Part 1

Every student inevitably carries expectations and preconceived notions about college with them when they first arrive.  Our perception of college is shaped by many things like older siblings, friends, popculture, or our parents.  But, what should you really be expecting to experience on a daily basis during your freshman year?  We’ve compiled some thoughts and (possibly more) realistic expectations to consider when you first arrive on campus.  Be sure to catch Part 2 of this series!

It’s Normal to Take a While to Find Your Groove

Entering college as a freshman is an enormous life change.  You can expect a lot of confusing feelings, new difficulties, and some time required to get settled in.  Here are several things that can be confusing and may take you a while to find that new groove.

Finding Your ‘Group’

Finding your main group of friends is important in college just as it was in high school.  Sure, you want to make many friends in classes, clubs, and intramurals, but you will most likely settle into a small group of friends that you hang out with day in and day out.  Lacking a solid group at first can be unnerving.  But, be aware that every other freshman is suffering with the same issues!  It took me well into my sophomore year to really feel like my main friend group began to truly gel.  So, understand that things, especially friendships, take time to develop.  Try to be patient and make friends in your dorm, classes, and elsewhere.  Likely, your ‘group’ will find you, not the other way around!

Expect to Be Confused

Where do I register for classes?  How do I get tickets to the big game?  What do I need to take to the gym with me?  What building is this again?  How did I get lost for the third time this week?  You WILL be confused.  Many, many times.  So, don’t worry about it; it is completely normal!  When you are confused, ask a friend of yours in the dorm.  Likely, they are just as confused as you.  If you and your buddy still can’t figure it out, ask your RA.  Practice not being afraid to ask. It is better to get over that fear as soon as possible, because learning to ask is one thing you will need a lot in college, your future career, and also the rest of your life.  Listen, if you are like me then you will do way more embarrassing things then asking a question… like when I sat in the wrong classroom. I was too afraid to ask at the beginning of the class, so I just had to wait out the entire class when I figured out that it was the wrong one.  Don’t be like me!

Expect to Be Yourself

Lastly on finding your groove, be yourself.  Yes, I realize that ‘be yourself’ is probably the most cliché phrase of all cliché phrases.  But, it is true, and I don’t feel like trying to come up with a different way to say it (I am practicing being myself).

You finally have your freedom!  Your schedule and time is whatever you make of it!  You can wear whatever you want to wear!  You can eat whatever and whenever you wish!  Find your groove by doing what you want.  Don’t feel pressured by others or what you might see on T.V. to act or be a certain way.  Wear the clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident about yourself.  Participate in the activities that you enjoy and do not compromise your comfort levels.  With all of this newfound freedom, there can be a push and an expectation to go crazy.  But, take it from those that have come before, just take some deep breaths and relax a little bit.  You will certainly enjoy your college years much more if you are much less concerned with others’ expectations.

What to Expect from Your Dorm Life

Dorm life is major part of the freshman experience.  You may live off campus the rest of your college years, but you cannot fully appreciate living in that lap of luxury without first experiencing the lack of luxury in the dorm.  There is some truth to this indeed, but dorm life can actually be really great!  It is very easy to become close with friends because you are forced to be  physically close to them And, there is always something going on.  The following are some things to expect when it comes to the details of living in a dorm room.

Expect to Be Friends With Your Roommate

You and your roommate may become best friends or you may not necessarily spend a ton of time together.  Either way, you will see each other quite a lot.  If you and your roommate become friends on any level, your dorm life will be exponentially better!  My freshman roommate and I were very different, and we were not absolute best buds.  But, we were still friends and enjoyed sharing a room all the same.  What made this work well was a general respect for each other as well as a friendly disposition.  So, make every effort to be friends with your roommate at least on some level.  The easiest way to do this is to go eat meals at the dining hall together.  Something about sharing meals together always brings people together.  Plus, other friends can come along that will break the awkwardness of being together alone in a tiny dorm room.

One more note on your roommate situation… Even if you and your roommate become BFFs, you are likely to get annoyed at each other.  Heck, in that tiny amount of space, I become annoyed at myself!  When this happens, first take a deep breath and go for a walk.  Consider why you are annoyed and how you may be able to help the situation yourself without blaming your roommate.  Simply getting out of your room for a little while can do wonders for your level of acceptance.  If needed, discuss the issue with your roommate with as much respect as possible.  Try not to blame them, but instead focus on how the situation makes you feel.  Offer to help improve the situation with something that you can do instead of just asking them to change.  A general level of respect and understanding can go a long way in these situations!  Don’t pretend you didn’t learn the golden rule in Kindergarten either!

Expect To Develop Mutual Respect for Your RA

RAs are often stereotyped as the enemy of college freshman.  Listening around every corner trying to catch students having too much fun is the common theme.  But, the reality is that RAs can be really cool.  After all, they are college students too.  Remember that your RA has a job to do though.  You can make your RA’s job easy or hard.  Likewise, your RA can make your life easy or a nightmare.  The best way to keep things fun and easy is developing a mutual respect with your RA.  Follow their guidelines when it is truly important, and they are likely to turn a blind eye to you and your roommate pulling your mattresses out of your room to slide down the 2 story stairwell.

Expect to Sleep in Your Dorm Room, Not Live There

Dorm rooms are tiny.  Which is not always fun, but it can be good thing.  You don’t want to be spending all of your time there anyway!  You need to be outside making new friends and trying new things.  Go for walks, tag along on a weekend road trip, or simply go explore a new building on campus.  All in all, expect to not be in your dorm room much; you have a bed in there and not much else for a good reason.

 

Hopefully, this has allowed you to understand some realistic expectations for dorm life and general college living.  Be sure to check out part 2 on what to expect in your classes and more!

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Meet A Co-Founder – Lynn Walter Edition

Who is Lynn Walter? What makes him tick? Lynn likes to do WHAT!?

Today is the second installment of the Meet A Co-Founder .  Now it is Lynn Walter’s turn to answer the tough questions…  Again, leave us your own questions for Lynn in the comments!

See the first edition of the Meet A Co-Founder Here.

 What is your full name?

Lynn Eric Walter

Where are you from?

Hutchinson, KS

Where do you live now?

Ormond Beach, FL

Relationship status?

Single

Where did you attend college and what did you study?

McPherson College, Business Administration with Management Emphasis

What else did you do in college?

 

Played Basketball, Ran Track

What is one thing that you remember about entering college for the first semester?

It was a hard first semester, I didn’t know I had picked the 3 classes with the most homework all the same semester, and I didn’t like my first roommate at all. He had a clicking keyboard that he would game on till 3 am and let my TV get stolen by not locking the dorm room.

Why are you starting College Career Success?

 

I want students to be confident in their college and career choices because they know and understand the way they are wired and that helps them make better choices.  I think better college choices will lead to a more engaged work force creating better employees and businesses if they aren’t ridden with debt and enjoy their work.

What is one thing that you are glad you did in college that has benefited you today?

Joined the business club and became friends with my adviser and professors, who I still stay in contact with.

What is one thing that you wish you could have done differently during college?

Sought out internships and experienced different jobs while i was in school; maybe studied abroad as well.

What are your hobbies?

Wakeboarding, officiating basketball, public speaking, triathlons.

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College is expensive.  And, it is getting more expensive each semester.  In fact, in many cases, inflation of the cost of college is outpacing inflation of household incomes.  College is still the best path to a solid and fulfilling career though.  Use these tips and tools to save A TON of money on college.  Some have saved $10,000 or more!

  1. CLEP testing

College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, is hosted by College Board and can give college credit to courses just by taking and passing an exam.  You don’t have to pay to take the course at your college; you can simply just take the test and get the credit saving you a TON of time and money!  Whether you already know the material well enough or want to learn the course on your own, either way you can take the test when you are ready.

There are 33 CLEP courses available and are accepted by 2900 colleges and universities.  Check on the College Board website to learn more about CLEP testing.  Check with your college or university to determine if CLEP credit is accepted.

  1. Work study

Work study is an excellent way to save money while you are taking courses at college.  Work study programs offer either pay for jobs around campus or paid tuition.  Look on your school’s website or ask personnel on campus to find out how to sign up for a work study program.  PRO TIP: Find a job on campus that will allow you to do your schoolwork while working such as working at the front desk of a dorm building.  Now, you are getting paid to do your homework!

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  1. Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition reimbursement is a special program that many employers (outside of the university) will offer to their employees.  Typically, the company will offer a certain amount of tuition dollars per semester or year for the employee to earn a degree or take classes that are applicable to the work/industry of the company.

Tuition reimbursement option can be a great option if you are already working and cannot afford to take off work to go to school full time.  It may take you longer in the end to earn a degree, but you can save a TON of money!  Even if you are fresh out of high school and not working, you can find a job with an employer that offers a tuition reimbursement program to fund your way to college.  Many companies now offer this for their hourly employees; a quick Google search will help you find one in your neighborhood!

  1. Specialized Scholarships

If you are looking to go to college soon or are already in college, look for scholarship opportunities that are very specialized.  You have a better chance of getting scholarships that are limited to people with certain characteristics if you qualify.  It seems there are scholarships for just about anything… from learning styles to first family member to attend college are applicable.

Look on the local, state, and national level including local, state, and federal government opportunities.  Be keen on things that may apply to you personally that will not apply to the majority of people currently going to college.  If you fit the bill, apply for the scholarship and save a TON of money!

  1. Core Classes at Community or Local College

This option is available to most everyone planning on going to a costly public or private college!  To save a TON of money, take the majority of your core classes at a community or local college.  Usually, the tuition for these classes will be much cheaper at the local school than the larger private or public school.  After completing the core classes, transfer your credits to the school of your choice and finish your degree there.  Make sure that the school of your choice will accept your credits at the local school first though!

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      7. WUE

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program is established to serve western states of the US.  The program offers reduced tuition for universities participating in the program.  According to the WICHE.EDU website, ‘Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.’  Check out the WUE program if you live in the western part of the US to see if you and your University are eligible to participate.

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Meet A Co-Founder – Ben Tincher Edition

Today we will be looking into the history and life of one of our Co-Founders.  Ben Tincher is here to answer the tough questions…  Please leave us your own question for Ben in the comments!

 What is your full name?

Benjamin Tincher

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in a town outside of Atlanta named Conyers, GA

Where do you live now?

I currently live in Ormond Beach, FL.  My wife and I moved to Golden, CO for a year which we loved but family, cost of living, and job opportunities has brought us back to FL where we were before we moved.

Relationship status?

I am married to the most beautiful, caring, and dedicated wife.  Her name is Melissa.

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Where did you attend college and what did you study?

I attended undergraduate school at Clemson University and studied Materials Engineering.  I then attended graduate school at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where I studied Aerospace Engineering.

What else did you do in college?

I did many things in college outside of the classroom, but the thing that I did the most was play on the club Ultimate team.  I loved playing Ultimate, going to practice, seeing teammates around campus, going to weekend tournaments at other colleges, and getting together for team social events.  Ultimate was more than just a sport, it was my extended family while I was on campus.

The other thing that I really enjoyed during college was D1 sports games, especially football and basketball.  I knew I wanted to go to a school with D1 athletics before I entered college, so I had that as one of my school selection criteria.  This criteria was not my main one of course and isn’t a good one for everybody, but I knew I would love the sports teams.

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What is one thing that you remember about entering college for the first semester?

I remember a whole lot of excitement and nervousness mixed together.  The freshmen got to campus a week early before classes began and that week just felt like summer camp!  Which was awesome… and weird at the same time.  But, as soon as classes began and the campus filled up, I felt like a part of the community in no time.  I think that is why it is very important to consider the atmosphere of a college when choosing one.  You will want to feel like a part of the community.  I felt very comfortable at Clemson, and I believe that helped me a lot in my studies.  I didn’t feel as comfortable at Embry-Riddle because the dynamics of the school were a lot different than Clemson and my coursework was different too.  So, I had to learn how to shift a little bit in grad school.

Why are you starting College Career Success?

I see a lot of students that simply do not have the necessary tools and insight to make fully considered decisions when choosing where and how to go to college and what to study.  When students don’t know what they want or even how to figure out what they want, it can cost them A TON of time and money down the road.  The awful thing is that these decisions made just out of high school don’t really catch up to you until early in your professional career.  The time when you need security and confidence the most!

A college graduate can suddenly find himself in major financial debt only to realize that they have a college degree in a field that they are not truly interested in.  But, to pay off all the debt, the graduate must get a job anyway if possible.  All of these decisions were made long before this realization.

I really want to help young students better understand themselves and their potential future, so that they can set themselves on the right path for college and career success.  I wonder where we got the name…

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What is one thing that you are glad you did in college that has benefitted you today?

Probably the best thing I did for my profession in college was complete several different internships.  Internships gave me first hand experience into potential careers.  I was able to learn what I liked and what I didn’t like in different jobs.  I gained professional skills not taught in the classroom.  And, I earned a paycheck!

What is one thing that you wish you could have done differently during college?

I wish that I could have known all the tips and tricks as a freshman that I knew as a senior.  I know that sounds a little obvious, but there were many things that someone could’ve simply told me.  Instead I had to learn a lot of things by experience.  Simple things from buying textbooks to how to study for tests.  It would have been nice to learn a lot of it sooner; it certainly would have saved me a lot of time and money!  Sneak peek in the future of College Career Success… we hope to create a course for freshman who are just beginning college to help them with all of these tips and tricks!

What are your hobbies?

I am an engineer to the core, so I love to build things!  Cars, boats, motorcycles, rc boats, planes, cars… anything that can be designed and built.  I also still like to play Ultimate.  And, I’m attempting to make furniture a little bit.

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This post is all about squeezing the most out of your college years.  Live it up, be productive, get great grades, make friends, share in new experiences, begin your career!  Here at College Career Success we want you to enjoy college and be successful during and afterward.

First off, you are in college to get an education.  Be sure to understand that the goal of your time and money during these years is to earn a degree that will give you the skills and knowledge to go on to an exciting and fulfilling career.  Even if that sounds boring today, do your future self a solid and work hard in your classes.  The effort you put into college will most certainly give you a boost early in your career.  But, college is not all about books and tests; you will certainly want to have some fun too.  With that said, let’s look a some things that will help you both enjoy college and kill it in the classroom!

1. Put Yourself Out There

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Your freshman year can be very exciting, but college can be also intimidating.  Everything is new and different.  After you get acquainted with your surroundings in the first few weeks, begin to take some deliberate steps to get out there on the proverbial dance floor.  Start small by making a decision to show up to a information meeting about a new club or even simply visiting a new building on campus.  Choose small steps that you can take to continually grow in your confidence as a member of the community.  Before long, you will feel like you have been there for your entire life.  Being confident of yourself within your surroundings will help your social life flourish as well as your grades.

2. Go To Tutoring

Most colleges have free tutoring available for a lot of freshman courses and yet often not many students use this resource.  You can either spend two days trying to figure out a chemistry problem on your own, or you can go to tutoring and learn it in 30 minutes.  Tutoring is a HUGE help and can save you a ton of studying time.  Plus, you will truly learn the material better.  Use the resources available to you to get the most out of your study time and be better prepared for you classes.

3. Join A Club

Clubs in college are a great way to try different things and meet new people.  There are often all different types of clubs from scuba diving to basket weaving or even underwater basket weaving.  Often times, if you stay in a club for a long time, some of your best friends in college can come through these groups.  Join a club or several and get connected while doing things you love!

4. Talk To Your TAs and Professors

Most professors truly want to help their students learn.  Talking to your professor after class or during office hours is again an often under used resource.  Professors and Teaching Assistants (TAs) can help you out when you are stuck on assignments or point you in the right direction if you are lost.  Professors are often willing to help with homework, assignments, and have been known to give hints on upcoming tests!  Also, your professor is a great resource to connecting with the professional world outside of the University.  Ask them about internships and recommendations for work!

5. Try Something New

Similar to joining a club, there are always opportunities on a college campus to try something new even if for just a few hours.  Check out the events listings on campus.  Looks for signs and posters.  Go to a salsa dancing night or a try your hand at painting.  Gather some of your friends to gain some new experiences.  Who knows, you may just be the next Picasso!

6. Study With A Friend Or Group

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Let’s face it; studying can be boring and tedious sometimes.  Liven up your study time by studying with a friend or a small group from class.  Studying with other people can be extremely helpful.  You can compare notes to be sure that you didn’t miss anything.  You can discuss the course material to get a different viewpoint or understanding of the material.  And, you can help each other stay on task.  Plus, it is just more fun to have a friend.  This is especially helpful when studying for a test or completing a difficult homework set.  WARNING!  As great as it is to study with others, be very careful about who you choose to study with.  You will want a study partner that is serious about the course and willing to bring their own input to the session.  Don’t study with someone who just wants you to put in the work for them!  Ultimately, a good study partner can be an invaluable help, but choose wisely.

7. Take A Weird (Awesome) Class

Lastly, along the lines of new experiences, did you know there are whole classes devoted to new and/or awesome things?  There are climbing classes, music theory and volleyball classes, meditation and astronomy classes.  Find an awesome class and be awesome for a few hours a week.

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