so i finished my first year of college last month and thought i’d share things i learned and advice on entering and starting your first year
keep a planner
take advantage of student id discounts
try to go to class as much as possible
in cases that you don’t go, make sure you have a friend, or at least someone who will fill you in and give you notes, in each class
network as soon as you can and as often as you can
wait a week or two until you purchase your textbooks, people aren’t lying to you, they’re expensive as fuuuccckkk, you’ll want to wait for multiple reasons because in some cases you never even end up using the book, or your library has it and you can just borrow it for free
wear flip flops in the shower if you don’t have your own bathroom
speaking of, go to the bathroom before class
set multiple alarms
take advantage of as many opportunities that come your way as possible
have a very, very open mind
watch your drink
watch your friend’s drinks too
never, ever, ever, ever, ever, under ANY circumstances, drive while intoxicated or get into a car with a driver who is
get to know your professors
do the extra credit, it’s rare
back up your files
if you take your laptop with you somewhere bring your charger as well
take the stairs, seriously, a little goes a long way
99.9999% of people don’t give a shit about what you were in high school
try to plan and work ahead
never travel alone late at night
don’t hesitate to ask for help—material that took a week to learn in high school can be taught in one lecture in a college class, no one will slow down for you or help you unless you speak up
participate in class
again, talk to your professors, it’s good to in general, and you never know how they can help you outside of class
if you have a problem with your roommate, if you’re not getting along with them, or it’s not working, do something about it ASAP
keep in touch with those you care about, don’t burn bridges
it’s ok if you don’t make friends immediately, it took me awhile to find people i could truly be satisfied with, sometimes it happens when you’re not looking
take this to heart: do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do before. the best things i did this past school year were things i never tried in high school, going on trips with people i didn’t know, who i now call some of the closest friends i have, and going on service work trips out of state
build up your gpa in the beginning by taking classes that are not as tough in your first semester, a gpa is harder to bring up than to knock down, tldr; start strong, start easy
grades matter, BUT, don’t sacrifice your health and well being for them
get enough sleep, you can, i did
don’t base your decisions off what other people would think but if something goes against your morals, stick with your morals
take care of yourself and your body, just because it’s free does not mean you have to eat it, college is the perfect time to make your physical health crash and burn but it is also the perfect time to start having a healthier one
take the time to check over assignments you’re submitting
ratemyprofessor.com is your bff, use it and reference it
sign up for a variety of activities and test out the water to see what you like most
early classes are not that bad
attend campus events
know what’s going on on campus, don’t be clueless in your own environment
get involved in clubs and groups that are associated with your major…but also stuff that isn’t
and if a group/organization that’s associated with your major, like for me PRSSA, has a membership fee, it’s probably worth it
explore your city, campus, downtown….
try to get an internship before it’s required
get a LinkedIn account
always keep an umbrella and a phone charger on hand
make friends with as many people as you can, but don’t “collect” friends, ya know?
go to job fairs/career fairs
it’s ok to stay in sometimes and just j chill
decorate and personalize your room
when preparing to register for classes, make a mock schedule first
find a mentor(s)
first impressions are a big fucking deal
you don’t have to put on a ball gown, but put an effort into the way you represent yourself
After a while in the fandom, i was in the mindset of “ Hey but it makes perfect sense for Keith to be fire and Lance to be water
Because they blue and red ahah”
Actually it’s more than that : listen ;
Because at first, honestly :
Lance’s bright, loud personnality ScrEAms fire to me. A true good Leo. He got the bragging, the look, the style, the lead thingy. He’s a shiny sparkle. He lights the mood and he throws tantrums sometimes.
Keith’s calm, arms crossed while leaning against a wall silent is a Signature™ move for him, he’s rather cold at first. He’s a lonely broody boy. He relies on instinct more than skill, apparently.
And if he’s actually a scorpio it’s bonus round for making Him : WATERBOY.
But then we had “Keith’s a hothead” and some Insecure™ Lance, added to a whole lot of battles.
And while Fighting actually, Keith litterally jumps in the fire. Like, really, litterally, the boy straight dived from a cliff to a burning village. He’s never gonna stop until he runs out of things to punch. He goes for the face. He’s fast, and well… Burns. He’s all emotionnal about fighting, barely thinking before throwing a punch.
On the other hand, Lance’s pretty cool headed while under fire. He sats down and look around, reason differently depending on his teammates, wait and he’s silent as needed. He keeps cool. He’s fluid and doesn’t stop the mission but he never really bursted in them either. He’s what you need to make things flow.
His Bayard’s a long ranged one. More on the protection side, he’s a support. He can reach everywhere, we’ll see this.
Keith’s bayard is a Sword. It progresses little by little, piece by piece, tearing down anything at its fast pace. It’s deadly but only to what touches it, to what encounters it directly. It propagates.
Across a battlefield, Keith is a raging fire propagating.
Have you seen those rainy tragic moments of warzones movies ? Rain’s everywhere. In the ocean, every single person, ally or enemy, has their feet in water.
Water flows. It saves, protects, covers and drown, but everywhere at the same time. Funny how only some kind of rifles-like weapons can relate to this omnypresence and versatility on battlefield ?
So in battle, they meet up fire & ice/water expectations ; ( more under the cut because this is getting long).