So, it’s been a week since classes have started. For the sophomores, this is really nothing new, and for those who are in their third year onwards, this is really nothing special. But for the newbies, this is something huge, humongous even. Were they culture shocked? Might be. The thing is, there is what we call ‘word of caution’ and there are some things that people should have told the freshmen students beforehand but it seems like no one did because everyone is so preoccupied with their individual lives.

So for starters, what is college exactly? If you think that this is just like high school, only a bit harder, then you’re wrong! College, mostly, is where you will find yourself, this is where all your discoveries and adventures lie. This is that place and this is that time that you find who you really are, who you want to be, what you want to do and who you will become. This is where you meet people you can use for your advantage in the future. This is a jungle, this is not paradise.

Another is there would be lots of misleading tips from your upper class men. Most of them ‘warning’ you that certain professors are terror and would ultimately fail you regardless of your performance. That’s more like scaring. But the thing is, no professor will fail a student who is diligent and hardworking enough to exert effort to actually learn the things he needed to to pass, not just to pass. So the next time someone tells you that, go tell them, assure them, that you will do as the professor instructs and pass with flying colors, because after all, you’re awesome like that.

Oh, and frats? Nothing wrong to join them but as knowingly as you could, just recognize and reiterate your limits. You’re a human being, not a punching bag.

From frats to choosing your political side when it comes to the student council. I am telling you up front, nothing is wrong with that, but there is also minimal benefit in joining or supporting political parties. I am not saying don’t, what I’m saying is as of the moment, your biggest responsibility is being a student, nothing more, nothing less. If you’re not cut out for it, don’t push it, leave the politics and the governing part to those who can carry extra baggage and loads.

Surviving college is not the same as surviving high school, here, you really have to choose who you’re trusting. Good friends are like your beacons, they’re not just there when moments are happy, they should be there with you through thick and thin and through everything. Choose who you eat lunch with wisely because eventually those people will become your friends and they are going to be the only ones you can count on. Be sure you really can count on them.

So, these are just some tips to get you started. There would be lots more to come so stay tuned.

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Angelica Isabel Castro

Angelica Isabel Castro is a current 4th year BS Architecture student at…

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