This is my sage advice to the youngin’s just arriving at Auburn University. These lessons were all learned by trial and error on my part...hopefully me passing them on will allow you to skip that step.
It isn’t uncommon to hear various suitemates crying on the phone to their parents. There is no shame. Transitioning from living at home to college life is anything but easy. There are all new responsibilities. If you tend to get lonely and don’t know many people at Auburn, I would recommend living in the dorms. You’ll be with other students in the same boat as you, and you can all commiserate together.
I know there is always that one professor that bores you to tears, or maybe you overestimated your motivation and registered for an 8 a.m. class. Still, do not skip class. So many professors offer bonus points through random quizzes or take attendance on the fly. These points might save your GPA at the end of the semester when you don’t do as hot as you thought on exams. Plus, you’ll learn more than you realize just by being present.
You are required to purchase a meal plan, so use it! Don’t make your bank account (or your parents’) cry by eating out every day. That’s like throwing away money! Instead of going out to eat, head over to the Village Dining Hall. That place is so nice it’s practically the same thing.
When senior year rolls around, you’ll find yourself mourning all the missed free concerts, comedians and other fun events. You won’t get a student discount forever, or attend a college that offers so much free entertainment. In the real world, you actually have to pay more than $5 for a concert ticket. There is also such a thing as a gym membership fee...so take advantage of the free membership to our awesome Recreation and Wellness Center! Most gyms you pay to go to aren’t as nice.
I know you think if you make a B it is the end of your life as you know it, and you’re going to end up on the streets begging for change. Let me tell you a little secret...that is NOT TRUE. While you do need to try your best, don’t spend every waking hour stressing over school. It is not the most important thing in life. Form relationships, get involved, find a way to make a difference in the world. Those are the things you’ll look back and be thankful you spent your time on.
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