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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post

    6. Cultivate relationships with mentors, professors, etc.Don't just be a random face in a crowd. If you find a professor or mentor in a field you like or just like a professor, visit their office hours, find salient points in lecture or articles to talk about, if you're going to miss a class, call them ahead of time and let them know, etc. This REALLY enhances your college experience and opens doors.

    7. Major in whatever you want!- Undergrad majors don't matter. You want to do be a computer scientist? Double major in Dance! For a lot of people, college is your last chance to throw yourself into the arts. So major in what you want, take the classes that you need for the job you want, and enjoy being in an academic wonderland.
    I agree with most of the other stuff.... PARTICULARLY the part about professors... you're never going to know when knowing a professor who likes you will pay off... not only do you get to explore a new friendship (they're people, after all), but a person you never thought would be important to you may provide the winning reference in an internship or job.

    Do major in anything you want... but don't ignore arts for sciences or sciences for arts.... I made the mistake, when I was at a liberal-arts college in Massachusetts (which has no requirements for courses) of doing nothing but arts and finding myself drawing blanks when friends in the sciences would talk to me about new technology or the latest developments in gene research... it was very embarrassing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel De Mazarin View Post
    I agree with most of the other stuff.... PARTICULARLY the part about professors... you're never going to know when knowing a professor who likes you will pay off... not only do you get to explore a new friendship (they're people, after all), but a person you never thought would be important to you may provide the winning reference in an internship or job.
    Oh, and this is also kind of very stupid and only sets up a very bad record for startiting friendships. Forming relationships for business advancement is never something to recommend, ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear Warp View Post
    What are some things you regret doing at college?
    I regret not doing enough research before going to college and just deciding on the school that was furthest away from where I grew up that gave me a decent financial aid package. I was basically at a school I hated for two years and then transferred and had to start over as a freshman. My whole college application process was unorganized and haphazard.

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    What are some things you regret not doing at college?
    Ahhh, I bailed too quickly on my first major. I for some odd reason really wanted to be a forensic scientist because I was good at chemistry in high school. I got to college took organic chemistry, physics, and other science classes and ran away screaming and deeply traumatized by all those numbers and strange scientific symbols. By the end of the academic year I was broken and switched to an English major. I don't think English was easier or anything, but it was something that was more suited to the way my brain works. Now, I probably would've been the little engine that could and at least done a physics minor or something because I do like it.

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    Are there any courses that you wished you had taken, but didn't? (because they would have helped you after school)
    The courses that were most helpful to me since I've been out of college were psychology, sociology, and communications. Those have been absolutely invaluable in dealing with people. You can be the greatest that's ever done it at what you do, but if you have people blocking you or don't know how to navigate around these pesky people issues then you have hit a brick wall. I see it every day at my job. My more formal classes gave me foundational knowledge, like how to construct a well-written essay or business letter, or whatever. In my experience, most of what I needed to know about the actual job itself I've learned at the job. The other stuff about how to deal with people is what I needed preparation for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bear Warp View Post
    Any other tips or anecdotes are welcome too.
    I've been out of college for two years now. I was extremely blessed and went straight from graduation to starting my job the very next Monday.

    What I do regret is not taking a break between school and work, which couldn't really be helped because I had debts, no money, and my parents weren't in a position to be of much help so I guess it would've been a case of have fun now, pay later. Now I'm thinking the break would've been a good idea because I still feel burnt out from 6 years of college and then leaping into a job.

    What I'm happy about is I had plenty extracurricular activities and steady jobs to pad out my resume. I was very proactive about that and it helped me land a job when most of my friends were still looking six months later or just went to grad school because they couldn't find anything. Taking summer internships even if they pay crap (or nothing at all!!!) will help you later on. And even now, I still have my "extracurriculars" that I do so that when I'm ready to go to grad school I can be a more well-rounded candidate.

    Studying. I really didn't study hard. I kept my GPA hovering a little north or south (mostly south ) of 3.0. I think studying is important if you plan or going straight to grad school. I wasn't an overachiever or anything because I didn't put in the time to schoolwork as other people did. It seems to me if you don't go straight in and work for a few years then your undergraduate grades can take a backseat the projects you work on at your job and your GRE and LSAT scores.

    And I like that I had fun in college. I have a core group of friends that I met and I think I'll be friends with them for a long time.

    Oh, and what CzeCze said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel De Mazarin View Post
    Do major in anything you want... but don't ignore arts for sciences or sciences for arts.... I made the mistake, when I was at a liberal-arts college in Massachusetts (which has no requirements for courses) of doing nothing but arts and finding myself drawing blanks when friends in the sciences would talk to me about new technology or the latest developments in gene research... it was very embarrassing.
    I don't know about that, I'm about to graduate from a science degree and haven't taken any arts classes (unless psychology counts), and I don't regret it at all. Why would I take classes I wouldn't enjoy at the expense of classes I would enjoy, just to be more "diverse"? I don't really care if I can't discuss classic literature (for example) once I graduate, because I have absolutely no interest in doing so in the first place.

    Attempting to be well-rounded is good up to a point, and that point (IMO) is when you start sacrificing what you really want to do. By all means though, explore the interesting-sounding classes that aren't in your major.

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    I regret having not lived in a dorm. I know people complain all the time about how much it sucks but that is a good way to meet people and commiserate on that shared bad experience and I missed out on that "college experience".


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    All good things to heed and consider.

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    Enjoy yourself. Take your time. One thing I regret is rushing through my undergrad programs to get into the "real world."

    Being a year or two younger than the others in your work-position is only fun for a little while. You can be branded as the "baby" of the group, and worse, habituate to being the youngest person in your position. It's not a great idea to be pushing 30 and still expect people to be surprised by how young you are.

    Work, school, adventure/travel are not mutually exclusive. I know many students who took opportunities to study/intern abroad, or simply in different schools around the country. You can write for your school newspaper, maintain your on News/Opinion blog while in school, etc.

    I wasn't a Journalism or English major, but an Engineering major. However, I think any type, in any field would benefit from being placed in situations close to the type of work.

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    Don't waste time. Unlike high school, college doesn't have a structured 8-3 environment with set places and times you have to be somewhere. You'll find that you'll have tons of free time in college compared to high school (if you were like me, and took several AP courses, did several extracurricular activities, and worked in a research lab until 9pm in the evening). You're going to be responsible for setting your own schedule and deciding what to do all day. Yup, unlimited free will! So, you can go anywhere you want during the day and do whatever you want. You could make your extracurricular activities beer pong, surfing facebook, and getting stoned, or choose among a whole other slew of intellectual things to do. You can schedule all your classes in the afternoon or evening and sleep until 1pm, or sleep in as late as you want, or take morning classes as usual. I definitely wasn't as scheduled in college as I was in HS, and I probably should've been. Spontaneity from my friends, who would drop by and suggest some activity, had something to do with that. I was still really busy, though.

    This is a formative period of life and you will want to establish good daily habits and routines that you will use for the rest of your life. Time management is really important!

    EDIT: Hmmm, actually, after re-reading this post I realize that the slowness and spontaneity of college compared to HS was an (essentially fun) part of going to college. Midnight bull sessions, sitting in a circle with a professor and class on the grass on a spring day, impromptu frisbee games, and just enjoying the campus can totally make the experience.
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    Trust me on this one, research your professors prior to signing up for classes!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChick View Post
    Trust me on this one, research your professors prior to signing up for classes!!!

    RateMyProfessors.com
    Good point, completely agree. Sometimes it isn't possible to avoid a professor, but sometimes you can miss out on a semester of misery/a terrible grade from a completely idiotic professor.

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