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Old 05-14-2011, 12:42 AM #1
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The Secret

I graduate from college in less than 9 hours. You have no idea how fast your time in college goes by until you sit here staring at your cap and gown as you fall asleep. I swear just last night I was crawling into my bed in my dorm room for the first time.

Whether you just got accepted or you are a college junior, take time and enjoy it. These will without a doubt be the best days of your life. You will meet new people and they will change you, some for the better and some for worse. Get involved and try new things. This is one of the few times in life where you can veer off the beaten path easily. You have no idea who you are or what you want to do as an incoming freshman. I still don't have an idea where I want to go with my life.

Yes grades are important. But not many people will tell you that they are not the most important thing in college. These are four years that you will never get back. Learn from your mistakes. The diploma on your wall does not show a GPA and I promise you that if you need help later in life, the connections you made in college will be a lot more helpful than that 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.

You will never forget the people you meet in college. It will also take you until the end of your four years to realize that you actually care for these people. You have seen most of them every day for the past couple years. You may think some obscure person in your major is weird or a stranger, but I guarantee you you are going to miss not seeing them every day. The only time you will ever again be surrounded by so many people your age will be in a nursing home. Take advantage of getting to know your peers and colleagues. You will never know when a relationship you form in college will benefit you when your 46 and living on another continent.

Get to know your professors. They have so much to teach you. Most of the lessons you learn in college cannot be found in a textbook. There will be 2 or 3 professors that you genuinely want to keep taking. The will without a doubt make you change the way you think about yourself or the world. You will be amazed how one small sentence they say or example they give can stick with you forever. If at the end of your 4 years the 3 most valuable things you learned can be found in a textbook, you did something wrong.

College is what you make of it. I know a lot of people say "get involved". Get involved. I don't care if it is a small study group with 3 other people or joining the biggest frat on campus. The more you connect with people and programs the more you learn about yourself and other people. The beauty of college is there is a vast amount of resources and opportunities at your fingertips. Try them, use them, test them, question them, and pursue them.

Savor being young and poor. It is a much better time than being old and rich.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:54 AM #2
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:31 AM #3
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:14 AM #4
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This is sticky worthy.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:11 PM #5
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Wow, makes me look forward to college even more. If that is possible.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:50 PM #6
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Just finished my freshman year and I have to agree it was easily the best year of my life so far. I know my summer just started and it is nice to take a break but I can't wait for school to start up again in September.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:20 PM #8
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I couldn't agree more.
I never realized how important getting involved is, until this year. A year ago, I was your typical get-through-college type of student. I made solid A's and had friends, but I wasn't involved. I was passively experiencing the college lifestyle. Things changed at the beginning of this year when I met what is certain to be a lifelong friend. I am now a proud member of one of the most respected fraternal organizations on campus (non-greek), founder of a new organization on campus with the backing from several professors, and next year I plan on doing a leadership experience and hopefully become recognized by the university as an enterprising student. I am so excited for everything going on in my life. I have established so many bonds and learned so much that I am a completely changed person - and for the better.

It is so worth it and benji is absolutely right, get involved!



For any of you going into college with any questions, especially those of you going to UT, please let me know. I'd like to get to know you.



And yes, this thread should have been stickied last week.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:58 PM #9
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I am 22.

Kind of surreal now that this weekend is all over and family has gone back home. It is really starting to hit me that I am out of school.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:06 PM #11
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So incredibly true. A lot of my very good friends graduated this year and I saw some of them cry for the first time ever. Was a reality check that made me realize how much I love college. I have been back for a week as of today and I am having the biggest withdrawals ever. I might drive the 280 miles there just to visit for a few days and see people. Don't let these 4 years go to waste, they are indeed the best times you will ever have. Your freshman year you will be dropped in a new place with immense freedoms, if you let it get to your head you will fail. Part of college is maturing and learning time management. History is dead people and dinosaurs. You take this course to "learn how to learn." We all learn about past civilizations but what will you remember about it when you are grown up living a professional career? Nothing, its about the skills to help you in life. As pointless as some classes seem they are helping you without you even knowing.

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When it comes to joining something I joined a fraternity with this clown. Best decision I have made in my life. Ask him about how Jager and Tequila don't mix, he has X-rays to prove it. I make sure every one of my friends who comes to colleges at least checks out the Greek system. Many fun times I will remember for the rest of my life, many more to come. The connections you make will get you a job way before the piece of paper ever will. The job market is who you know, there is too much competition to not need a way to stand out from the pact. Whether you join a Fraternity, Sorority, academic society, sports club, or a common interest group; the people you meet will help you make connections later in life that are invaluable. Take the time to meet people, you will regret it if you don't.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:58 PM #12
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Congrats on graduating this thread helps a lot
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:13 AM #13
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Great thread Im transferring schools next fall, and relized how much i dislike my other school because I wasnt involved in it and didnt get to know anyone really well. These next 2 years i am trying to meet as many people as I can and have a good time doing it! Definitely sticky worthy!
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:14 AM #14
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just recently finished my first year of uni - i agree with this lots, and am subbing for more helpful hints. engineering's not easy... anything helps.
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Haha thats insane man. But I would have to agree with everyone here- COLLEGE IS AWESOME. You truely find some amazing people. i am going to be a junior next year and so far every year has just gotten better as the year goes on. So get involved and do new things
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Get to know your professors. They have so much to teach you.
Truth, whether you get to know them because you ask for their help after class or if your retaking one of their classes because you failed it the last time; the professors are normal people, they want to help and surprisingly they enjoy the same things as you; such as drinking.

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This never will get redundant. There is only one thing I regret from high school and it was that I never was involved in anything. Colleges offer a ton of clubs to join (FSU has a quidditch club).

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