Alrighty folks, here are some nifty tips on how I survived (and could have better survived) college:
As soon as you have your schedule, email your professors. Everyone. Especially if you have questions about the course, if you’re going to miss, etc. also make sure you do it from your school email, many professors will not check an email if it isn’t from a school address.
On move in day, bring a door stop. moving in is so much easier when you don’t need someone to hold the door for everything.
Shoe racks and command strips/hooks will be your best friend. Use the racks for misc. things like utensils, seasonings, Keurig mixes, hot chocolate, etc.
Bring a whiteboard/corkboard. Write down your classes and anything you need to get done for those classes and make sure that you keep it updated. On the cork side post up papers with important numbers, a map of campus, and other things you get.
SIGN UP FOR ACTIVITIES (ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE ON A SMALL CAMPUS)otherwise you’re not going to have a fun experience. Even if it’s just something you THINK you may have a slight interest in, try it!
Go to one or two sporting events, just for the hell of it
Put important dates in your phone calendar or even a planner. Somewhere you will be reminded of them. Times and dates are critical.
Eat. and eat well.
Use chegg, upper classmen, or other resources for textbooks before you buy them. Campus bookstores are astronomically expensive and it can be a lot cheaper going somewhere else. I use Chegg and they also send you free tide pods, coffee samples, etc.
Bring medicine that you’ve used in the last two years, even if you haven’t used it in a while just to be safe.
If you’re gonna do laundry on the weekends Friday and Saturday nights OR Sunday mornings are prime time. Be prepared for staying up late or getting up early to do laundry
PUT. A TIMER. ON. YOUR. LAUNDRY. Seriously, when you have to share a laundry room there is nothing more annoying than someone who won’t move their laundry out for other people.
On a related note DO NOT THROW OTHER PEOPLE’S LAUNDRY ON THE FLOOR. Fold it up, leave it on the dryers or w/e with a little note. Don’t be an asshole.
Keep extra pads and tampons around everywhere you go. Help yourself and/or ya menstruating friends out.
Bring a phone/laptop charger with you throughout the day. I know I personally have some long breaks between my classes where I do homework and w/e
Use Google docs for your assignments, or other programs that back up your work to the cloud. My laptop broke halfway through the semester and the only thing that saved me was Google Docs because my school uses gmail
Download Groupme. Right now. Do it. It’s a great way to create group chats, keep them in one place, and keep them backed up somewhere, you’re gonna have some for group projects, your dorm, any programs, etc.
Bring a three hole punch, scissors, glue, tape, notecards, and binders. Also get pocketed folders for any important research papers you may need to turn in.
ALSO DRY ERASE MARKERS ARE A LIFE SAVER. bring them around for studying in empty classrooms it’s v helpful
COLOR CODE YOUR BINDERS/NOTE BOOKS/STICKY NOTES. Your binder for one class and all its accessories should be one colors. Color organize your notes. (If you’re colorblind, use patterns or something simple for you.)
Try typing up your notes after classes, save them to your laptop and whatever online thing you use. Sometimes you’ll need your notes and you either won’t have your notebook, laptop, or both and it can be very important to keep your notes accessible.
Make use of tutoring services or other students/friends that are good in your classes. C’s get degrees and if people can help you understand it better then WOO
Try not to miss too many classes, but if you do make sure you contact your professors about it (or someone in that class.)
Sleep is v important, but can also be too good so set alarms at least a half hour before your classes to get ready and go.
Take deep breaths. Make friends. Take no shit, do no harm.
((These are based off of my personal experiences, feel free to add on if you think of something))
(Project duration: 2-3 hours, project cost: About 15-20$)
Step 1: First of all, you want to decide theformation your heart will have. The first 2 photos show prototypes you can use. The first one is the one I used for my room.
Step 2: Then, according to the formation you decided to use, go ahead and print the suitable number of your favourite pictures. Depending on the size you want your heart to be, you can always use more or less pictures.
Step 3: After that, using patafix/blue tack, stick 4 little balls one to each corner of one picture as shown in the picture above.
Step 4: Next, it’s time to stick the pictures on your wall. Before that, it would be helpful to arrange them on the floor first as you want them to appear.
Step 5: Afterwards comes the tricky part. You want to stick the lights framing the heart. I used patafix/blue tack as well for this step. There is not much to explain in this step, the photo above shows you exactly the way you want to do it. I used about 13-15 sticky balls for my lights.
And that’s it! Your heart art is ready♥
Tip* The pictures I used for this DIY are 10x15cm and all of them
were placed horizontally. But you can always put your own touch to your
art. You may cut pictures in shapes like squares, circles or even hearts for a more romantic theme! Go ahead and be creative ;)
An Island Born From 700 Textbooks. What does it take to create a magical indoor island filled with thousands of butterflies soaring above fields of blooming wildflowers, frolicking kittens, and sleepy pandas? You might ask Andrea Mastrovito. He’s executed this feat twice. Once in New York and then a second time in Switzerland.
How did Andrea, like Noah, coax all these beasts into a giant cuddlefest? With plenty of patience, Andrea cut out flora and fauna images from hundreds of repurposed textbooks and carefully arranged the images into beautiful, surreal installations. The work, called The Island of Dr. Mastrovito, takes inspiration from the H.G. Wells novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, a sci fi classic where a mad scientist performs surgeries on animals hoping to create new forms of life. Wells described his book as “an exercise in youthful blasphemy,” calling attention to man’s egotistical fascination with nature and creating life.
Dr. Mastrovito thoughtfully revives these themes by giving textbooks new life using scissors and glue to perform artful and uplifting surgeries. His work starkly contrasts the tone of Well’s text, but in no way plays second fiddle in terms of sheer brilliance. The simplicity of the concept makes the creativity of final execution that much more impressive when the viewer is forced to ask “now why the hell didn’t I do that with my old textbooks?”