Surviving College - The Second Week

Aditi Khazanchi on Sunday, 28 August 2016. Posted in Student Life

First week of classes is already over! Week one is all about fun! The workload is low, most professors just go over the syllabus. The real work starts from Week 2!

Now that all of you have gotten a bit of overview of how your daily schedule will be and how your classes are, here are few things to keep in mind:

  1. SLEEP : Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep daily is essential.
  2. Eat well and work out: Don't fuel your body with junk
  3. GO TO CLASS!
  4. Check your RIT email regularly
  5. Go to your professors during office hours: Not only when you have some difficulties, but just to strike a conversation as well. They are great resources to learn about classes, your major, the industry...they might also provide you with good contacts in the industry.
  6. Befriend upperclassmen
  7. If you already haven't - figure out your syllabus for each class! Figure out all the resources available to you on campus (and of course use them). The sooner you do that, the easier your semester will be.
  8. Lock your dorm rooms when you leave. Theft incidents have been reported several times last year.
  9. Find yourself a place to study: Scope out a place on campus where you'll do your studying, someplace where you can be focused and concentrate.
  10. Find your way of relaxing- There will be stressful projects, deadlines and exams later in the semester. Find something that helps you stay calm and sane.
  11. Don't take on commitments just because you think they will look good on your resume. Yes of course it's important to build your resume, but build it with things you like. Do things because they get you closer to your goals and because you enjoy them.
  12. Take college seriously, but not too seriously- A decent GPA coupled with outside classroom experience is better than getting a 4.0 and just being buried in textbooks.

In the end, have fun! Be sure to make time for activities you enjoy. Make your experiences worth remembering.