Things I've Learned in University
By Emily, age 20, Newfoundland
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On Saturday, April 18th, I finished my second year of university. I did my first year at a community college and then transferred my credits to Memorial University of Newfoundland. I'm a political science major, and my main interest is International Politics.
In my two years of university, I've learned a whole lot that I didn't need to take a class for. I'd like to bestow my knowledge upon you, our readers, so that hopefully you will use this knowledge to your advantage.
♥ Don't go drinking if you have a 1,000 word essay due the next day on a 25 page article that you didn't read.
♥ In fact, avoid drinking during the week, period. If you choose to ignore this, then get all of your work done first, and drink only enough to get you a little tipsy. Being hung over for class is not a good time.
♥ Always keep up with your readings! Your professor may not assign homework, but that doesn't mean you don't have any!
♥ Start studying for a test about a week ahead of time. This gives you time to procrastinate, but it also gives you time to realize that you need to study.
♥ If you live in a residence and you have a roommate, be considerate. Remember, you have to live with them for a long time. You might as well try to get along.
♥ If you eat at a dining hall, try to remember that you will gain weight if you eat too much.
♥ Although pajama pants are very comfortable for lonely morning classes, people start to look at you funny in the late afternoon.
♥ Personal hygiene is really important. I know this sounds kinda silly, but keep showering and doing your laundry, or else you will smell bad and people will talk about it behind your back (not a personal experience, by the way :).
♥ Don't get so drunk that you puke in a bar and have to be escorted home by a guy you barely know, and then wake up the next morning not remembering how you got into bed. Not only is this extremely dangerous, it's also extremely embarrassing to hear about the next day.
♥ Accept that the library is your best friend and that you are in a serious relationship. Doing so will make it easier to visit the library every day for long periods of time.
♥ If you choose to have sex, always wear a condom!
♥ Never procrastinate writing 2,500 word papers on subjects that you have to do a lot of research on. It will come back and bite you where it hurts.
♥ Pay attention to the guys you're dating. There's a reason he doesn't spend a whole lot of time with you.
I hope my "lessons I've learned the hard way" never happen to y'all, but if you come across these situations, make the right choices! You're adults now, so nobody is looking over your shoulder anymore.