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College can be a life lesson

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | Opinion | August 25th, 2008

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You are about to embark on an exciting time in your life. Starting a new school, meeting new friends and a chance at a new beginning? It all sounds fantastic and worth giving a try, but is it really entirely effortless?

Whether you're a new or returning student, enduring living on your own, or just starting fresh, there might be more to it than just that.

It is most worthwhile to make sure proper precautions are in place for a smooth transition into this new chapter of your life.

Many students attending college for the first time are excited about this unknown journey they are about to encounter.

Be prepared, as there are many unknown factors when making a huge transition such as this one. Be sure to consider the following steps and do so with thought and common sense.

Surprisingly very few students know this, but there are some teachers in college who do in fact take attendance. I agree, it is quite surprising, but shouldn't this be an indication that maybe it would be in your best interest to attend a class or two?

What do you possibly have to loose? I mean, you did sign up for this whole college thing to begin with, right? Go to class!

Credit card companies are always preying on youngsters to sign a great deal with them. They offer low interest rates, and there is always a free and if I may be quite frank, a “pointless” little give away if you sign. This is simply a trick for students to get caught up in. Students don't realize the full extent in damages these scams can do. It can leave a permanent mark as well as a daily reminder of what not to do.

The message I am simply trying to portray here is to not sign with random people. I know they make it sound exciting, but remember, that is their job and that is why they are on campus. Be cautious and please don't be stupid!

If you are in fact going to be living on your own, remember that this new transition is going to differ from your prior living arrangements. The things you may have previously been exposed to may not be an option while living on campus.

Depending on the college you choose, sizes of dorms vary but most often than not they are not huge. Bring only what you will need for that school year. I'm really sure you will be wearing all your clothes currently hanging in your closet? It's college. Be comfortable and remember that it is okay if you choose to wear sweats to your classes. Unless you are in a program that requires a more dressy attire, there really is no need to get all dolled up for an 8a.m. exam!

After taking college courses myself, I have noticed that some, not all, resemble advanced classes that I was once enrolled in while in high school. Don't be discouraged and feel that you need more to get started. This is entirely ok and these classes are meant to be a refresher for students to better help them get back in to the swing of things. So take advantage and just know that the harder stuff will come with time.

This is a myth that needs attention so students stop being naive and realize that it is a possibility to get thrown out of dorm rooms, for good.

If you are one of those students who love to stir things up often, you need to realize there will be consequences for your once funny actions.

Don't risk something that will only cause you more stress in the long run. If you were to be kicked out of housing, just how difficult do you imagine finding alternative housing will be, say middle of the semester? I don't even think I need to be specific here, but it may just mean packing up your bags and trying again next year.

Remember, starting or returning to college is a great experience. It is to be filled with excitement and new opportunities. Don't be discouraged by anything or anyone and put your best foot forward. Think with your head and be sure to make smart choices as opposed to ones that lack any real thought.
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