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Are there some things that you had not known before starting college that would have been very helpful to you in that period of your life? Surely some of you can look back at the things you did or did not do and wonder how you would have fared had you been more aware of your situation and circumstances. Unfortunately, life experience is only gained through trial and error. What would you have done differently had you known better?
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I guess the time spent both inside and outside of class. If I had known how much of the day would be needed to devote to classes I would have chosen not to go from the beginning instead of opting out in the year. Budgeting time is everything to me and I made some serious calculations back then which could have saved me some money in the long run. Everything else was more or less what I had expected it to be.
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Learn how to use the dumbass college website well, because I made multiple mistakes regarding loans and signing up for classes trying to navigate that unintuitive nightmare.

Realize sooner that my hometown is a 24/7 big city, and that is not the norm. Buses don't usually run at night so don't depend on them.

College assignments take way longer than you'd expect. You can't do all your homework in the same night, so plan to use more time than you think you need.

Pick a dorm with separate bedrooms. I couldn't handle having a roommate and ended up sleeping in the living room pretty often.

Have all the fun your first year. Once major classes kick in, you lose all your free time. You never went to that yearly zombie event. Though maybe that wasn't too big of a loss tbh considering no one else participated in their later years anyway.

Attend more life drawing sessions. Once you're out of school, those sessions basically don't exist anymore. It's incredibly hard to find places to study like you used to.

STUDY ABROAD!!! Go to Hong Kong!! You missed all your chances wtf!! Do it early too, before you get into the higher level classes where you're going to need to main campus facilities and more experienced professors.
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In no particular order.

Avoid toxic people, especially if they are professors. Don't watch anime. Learn how to tune out stress that is because of parents. Spend more time meditating. Switch majors to CS. Listen more, talk less. Read several books I didn't discover until later, about Wittgenstein or feminism for example. Read Jane Austen Game Theorist. Learn more about Buddhism so I would learn how to deal with distractions earlier. Find a mentor and good role models. Take fewer classes, but get A's in the ones I do take, and leave learning for independent reading.

All things I didn't do, or wish I had done earlier. They may not apply to you, as everyone is different, and only experience will say which advice applied or didn't apply to your case.

Jonathan Haidt mentions in one of his books, that before college, his father told him that the most important lessons he would learn in college would be outside the classroom. I agree.
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Posted 11/3/17
Much like high school, you still have to wade through oceans of bullshit.
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already move out or still living with parents? --

privacy and freedom will come at a great cost
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Every semester the cost would rise by a few thousand.
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Posted 11/4/17
Well, there are quite a lot of things that I wish I knew before starting college. Of course some of the big things are explained before it begins such as just how much studying is expected out of you outside class. Then again, I didn't exactly put out the required hours of studying and work, but nevertheless I put out far more than what I committed to during high school. There's that, and I realized how dangerous the on-campus dining places can get with that dreaded Freshman 50 stuff. I puked within the first few weeks eating too much of the school cafeteria grub, and from there I learned to take it easy. And then the difficulty level of assignments is a huge jump from high school work, but I'm living in an environment with far more learning resources as my teacher was the only thing in high school, but I have an entire department and upperclassmen to help me out.
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That it's not all about parties and shagging and you have to do some work
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Shipwright wrote:

Much like high school, you still have to wade through oceans of bullshit.


Amen brother.
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Rinnybean wrote:
That it's not all about parties and shagging and you have to do some work

This.
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A few things: applied to more scholarships (could have more or even all my tuition covered), fully understood the curriculum (could have finished my degree in 3 years, instead of the regular 4), and more internships (did 2, but could have done 1 more for additional work experience). My college experience and payoff were satisfying, but there are always room for improvement. One last thing, as a freshman I bought all the books that the instructors identified. That was a huge mistake since the textbooks were expensive and (most were) only sparingly used. It was much better to just rent the textbooks for a semester, or, if I'm lucky, get a PDF version from a classmate.
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save your money and dont go, complete waste of time. I got 2 degrees and dont use either of them.
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Posted 11/8/17
it’s fucking expensive
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Posted 11/8/17 , edited 11/8/17
Study an hour a day per class, take one day off to have fun, and get to know how your professors think.
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