freshman survival tips

Things I wished someone told me in my freshman year:

  1. Most people, if not everyone, are competitive.
  2. Get a job
  3. It’s orientation period, not semester, not year
  4. Find more utility friends than pleasure friends
  5. There’s more to life than extra-curricula in school
  6. You don’t have to befriend everyone just because of connections

Most people, if not everyone, are competitive.

  • They’ll come after all the leadership positions if you won’t
  • They’ll push you to the back of the bell curve if you’re slow

Get a job

  • You’re left with about 4 years until life really begins and allowances stop coming in.
  • Having friends in university can be costly since you’ll eat out more often.
  • You’ll find out many of your friends actually have a lot of savings in their bank account, and you don’t.
  • What happens if your friends want to go on a graduation trip and you can’t afford it?
  • What happens if you can’t find a job immediately after graduation?

It’s orientation period, not semester, not year

  • It’s not okay to have a bad gpa in the first semester like the seniors said
  • In fact, it’s a snow ball effect.
  • Consistency is key when it comes to academics & befriend your professors
  • The modules are connected and require a good understanding of the previous modules so you should study hard from the start, instead of partying

Find more utility friends than pleasure friends

  • You need friends to help you with homework if you are stuck
  • They help remind you about deadlines
  • Pleasure friends will ditch you eventually and find more “fun” pleasurable friends
  • Pleasure friends will probably have really bad GPAs and they’ll cover it up with many extra curriculars and clubbing
  • Sometimes, if you’re lucky, utility friends can become virtue friends because you start to spend quality time together

There’s more to life than extra-curricula in school

  • If you keep joining school clubs, your resume won’t look as good as those who contributed outside of school
  • Be careful and only join clubs that will really teach you something or at least help you build useful connections

You don’t have to befriend everyone just because of connections

  • Know that there’s useful connections and useless ones
  • If you disagree what the person stands for or believes in, don’t force yourself to be his Friend just for connections

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