Back in June of 2017 I made a post with a few tips for people going to college. I wanted to add the post to this channel, but it's so old now that I can't, so I'm reposting it (with minor edits). Hope it helps!
Hi, I'm morphodite. I'm a senior at George Mason University. I'm also an autistic faggot, but let's forget that for now. Some of you FJers out there will be attending your first year of university next fall. Some of you are freshman who are about to finish your first year. Some of you are high school students planning on going to college sometime in the foreseeable future. This post is for you. Being a senior, I've dealt with a lot of ******** in my time and I don't want anyone to have to deal with the same ****. Therefore, I'm going to talk about lessons I've learned the hard way and give some quick tips for getting through college as smoothly as possible.
DISCLAIMER: This is based on my experience going to a largely-populated public American university. If that doesn't suit your situation, you may not get a lot out of this.
Tip 1: College isn't like high school. Do not approach college with a high school state of mind. What I basically mean is there's more freedom, but also more personal responsibility. You make your own schedule. We'll talk about that later. You do your assignments basically whenever you feel like, as long as you get them uploaded to Blackboard by 11:59 of the due date. We'll talk about those later as well. College is a disordered *********** and it's your job to take responsibility for all aspects of your college life. No one will take care of you. You have to take care of yourself.
Tip 2: Buy yourself an agenda, read the syllabuses (syllabi? I don't know.) on the first day, and write down the due dates of every single assignment you'll have. Not every college class is organized, but 90% of them will tell you exactly when ****** due all throughout the semester, and you need an efficient way of keeping track of that ****. You will get more assignments than you can remember, so do yourself a favor and write all that **** down as soon as possible. Plus your professors may add assignments not listed on the syllabus, so you can write those down to. Not having an agenda killed me my first semester.
Tip 3: Don't be stupid when you're scheduling classes. Any Monday, Wednesday, and Friday class is a waste of time, especially if you live off campus. Try out an online class to see if it works for you. I've taken many online classes, and I much prefer them over going to lectures in person. They're usually asynchronous, which means you learn the material whenever you feel like throughout the week, and not at the pace the in-class students are going. Don't take night classes if you're a morning person. Don't take morning classes if you're a night person. If you have to take multiple classes on campus, try to squeeze them all in the same 1-2 days. It's much better to take all 5 classes back to back throughout all of Tuesday and Thursday and have 5 days class-free than stretch your classes throughout the week. Again, this isn't high school. You don't have to do that Mon-Fri ****. Don't. Also, use RateMyProfessor to make sure you don't get a ****** professor when signing up for classes.
Tip 4: If you are in the middle of a semester, you're failing a class, and you don't think you'll be able to pass it no matter what you do, WITHDRAW from the class. Withdrawing from a class is much better than failing it, because you need to maintain your GPA. Your GPA doesn't just affect your ability to graduate; it affects your ability to declare a major, and stay in that major program. At GMU, where I go, you need a 2.6 GPA or higher to stay in the I.T. program. If my GPA drops lower than that at any time, I get kicked and have to work my way back up. I've seen that happen to people. Don't let it happen to you.
Tip 5: DO NOT BUY TEXTBOOKS UNTIL YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO. I can't stress this enough; college is already expensive as ****, and you don't need to add to your debt by doing something as stupid as buying 5 $100-$200 textbooks per semester for 8+ semesters. Do research. On RateMyProfessor, if you look at the class a professor teaches and look at the student comments, they'll usually tell you if they used the textbook or not. If a textbook comes with some software package or key you'll need, I'm afraid you'll need to buy it. Otherwise, either see if you can get through without the book or pirate that ****. Look for a .pdf of the book; it's probably out there somewhere. My favorite ways of pirating textbooks are going to ebookee.org (make sure you click the actual links and not the sponsored links), and going to libgen.io, which usually redirects me to Bookfi.org. Or you can ask a friend for his book, take pictures of the pages you need, and read them later. There are so many alternatives... just do whatever you can to not buy textbooks.
Tip 6: Things do not get easier. They get exponentially harder. You just get better at dealing with the ******** after a while. You know how senior year of high school is a joke? Senior year of college will be your hardest year. You will break down emotionally multiple times throughout your college life because of the pure stress of exams, projects, presentations, etc. My depression started in college, and I continue to fight it every day. But again, you get better at dealing with it. You start to pick up on how you can ******** your way through classes. You stop caring about getting A's and care more about passing, because that quickly becomes a more reasonable goal. Don't think that at any point things will start to lighten up. It's just a non-stop barrage of ****, and you can either quit and drop out or grab a shovel and press on. You won't sleep some nights. You won't eat some days. But you will pass if you're willing to put in the work.
Tip 7: You probably won't graduate on time. Graduating on time is a luxury. At some point in college, you'll probably change your mind about what you want to major in. That will slow your progress, because you'll have to start taking an entirely different set of courses. You'll probably, at some point, get ****** over by a prerequisite requirement or some stupid scheduling rule. This'll stop you from taking the classes you need to take when you need to take them, and you'll end up staying an extra semester or two. Don't worry about it too much. It happens. Just do the best you can, make smart decisions, and you'll get to the finish line eventually.
Tip 8: Make friends. I know that seems obvious as ****, but ***** you don't understand. Friends make everything better. They will carry you. Are you signing up for classes? Take them with friends. Struggling with homework? Text your friend. Need a partner for a group project, WHICH YOU WILL HAVE TO DO IN AT LEAST A DOZEN CLASSES? Friends. The more you're there for them, the more they'll be there for you. Everything is 1000x easier with friends. If it weren't for one of my buddies, I probably would have dropped out a couple semesters back. Plus having friends means you have a network, which can be helpful when you're looking for internships or a job after college.
Tip 9: Avoid summer classes like the Bubonic plague. I've done two summer semesters. They're not fun. You know what a summer semester is? It's the same as a fall or spring semester, but in 1/2 the time. BUT IT'S STILL THE SAME AMOUNT OF WORK. That means you're taking the same classes at twice the speed while you should be having a good time on vacation. I don't care how quickly you want to graduate. Don't do this to yourself. If you absolutely must, don't take more than 3 summer courses. You literally will not have time for any more than that, especially when you start your upper-level courses.
Tip 10: It's okay if you don't know what major you want to pursue. The first two years of college are typically set up so that you take a wide range of classes from multiple areas of study. There's a reason for that; it's to help you figure out what you like and don't like. If you suck at math, and you hated taking Calculus, then stay away from Math-heavy degree paths like Computer Science or Engineering. If you're really creative and good at design, pursue a path in art and design. Your early classes won't just give you an idea of which areas of study you like and dislike; they'll give you an idea of what you're good at and what you're bad at. Pick something you're interested in AND you're good at. Even if it doesn't seem like the obvious choice at first, if it works for you then go for it. If it doesn't work out, try something else. Again, you probably won't graduate on time, so don't worry about it.
Well that's pretty much all I have. If you have any questions, drop a comment below or PM me and I'll answer them as best as I can. I just want everyone to do well, because I've made so many mistakes and it would kill me to know that people made those same mistakes and I didn't do anything to help them.