The hills are alive with the sound of music...

Hang in there, folks. It’s almost over. You’ll be fine.

As the end of the semester is approaching, I keep hearing some of the same concerns. Here, I’ve addressed them. Do you have others? Don’t be afraid to ask.

I’ve spent a semester as one major, but I don’t think I want to do it for the rest of my career. Is it okay to change?

Absolutely. Centuries ago, the sole purpose of college may have been to perfect an art or a skill, but the days of Dante are over. Nowadays, the first order of business is figuring out what you want to do. If that means spending a semester or two (or hell, maybe 3) without an absolutely clear direction, that’s okay. You may have to make up some time and take a few summer classes or possibly even an extra semester, but I’m of the opinion that it’s more important that you do what you love. It’ll be much more valuable in the end.

I’ve got a class that I’m not doing very well in. Do you think I can hack it in the long run?

Again, absolutely. So college isn’t easy. It’s not supposed to be. But just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re not capable. Keep in mind that you are not your grade. After all, a grade only tells you how well you performed in that specific class, per that instructor’s standards. Some professors are impossible to please and some subjects just don’t click. Don’t panic. I’m a perfectionist, so I realize how hard it is to actually internalize that idea, but do as I say…not as I do.

I see that Greek life is a big thing around here. Should I get in on it?

That’s totally up to you. Just know that not being involved in Greek life does not mean that you’ll suffer from some underdeveloped social life. I know a lot of people that love their sorority or fraternity and I see a really genuine sense of community and support in a lot of cases. I also get the sense that being involved in Greek life provides convenient access to events and networking opportunities. I was never inclined to join a sorority, partly because I never had the due money laying around, but mostly because I found my community elsewhere. I also just never liked the dressing alike thing. Don’t tell me what to wear.

I blew money this semester…what’s the best way to save it next semester?

  1. Cut back on the booze. The stuff’s expensive.
  2. Use your meal plan, if you have one. Not your declining balance…that stuff runs out really quickly. If you’re at CINO, learn what a “meal” consists of.
  3. Stop buying unnecessary things? When you don’t have to drag your purchases back to your parents’ house to be subjected to their scrutiny, it’s much easier to pick up a new present for yourself here and there. But let’s be honest…do you really need it?
  4. Take the shuttle as often as you can to avoid spending money on gas. Or better yet, buy or rent a bike.
  5. Get an on-campus job to bring in a little extra cash.

Any more questions? Keep ’em coming.

Ode to the Library

November 9, 2012

So I’m not going to label this “last ditch effort” time. I mean, it’s pretty late in the game, but we’re not talking anything past the two minute warning.

We’re definitely in the fourth quarter though, and it would be better to start panicking at 50% capacity now instead of 95% capacity in a few weeks. 

I’m already in this state. I’ve spent upwards of 8 hours in the library every day for the past two weeks and I’ve started people watching as a leisurely sport…which brings me to the point of this post.

The library is your best friend.

I realize that some of you may study better if you’re in a comfortable environment–like your room. But personally, I can’t get anything done without someone sitting near me, reminding me of why I’m there. And there are other perks as well:

  • You can rent computers. You probably already know this, but I ran into someone recently that didn’t, so I’m just covering my bases. This is especially useful if you have a Dropbox. Don’t have one? Ask me about it. It’s like a beautiful, virtual flash-drive for everything you’ve ever done. ALSO, the wifi is really reliable, all the time.
  • You can get coffee. You probably will need coffee, and lots of it, this time of year. The ladies in Java City are sweethearts, so even if you don’t drink coffee, grab a hot cocoa and have a snarky convo with them.
  • There are still actually shelves of books that you can use and read and it’s a lovely thing. Moreover, if you find a great book that you don’t want to tote around, you can scan pages of it and send them to your email for free.
  • Everyone that works there is kind and helpful. Like, really helpful. It’s such a wonderful atmosphere.
  • When you’re brain is fried from studying, take a break to people watch. Library people are the most interesting people on campus, I’m almost ready to guarantee it.

You need to acquaint yourself with Klub Kimbel. Just let the magic happen.