What I Actually Learned In College

 

4.5 years of college and although it is bittersweet, this Friday my run has come to an end.  (For the record no I wasn’t lazy or unproductive throughout my time at school, I needed the extra semester because I am a dual major.)  Constantly, adults and peers have preached that the college experience is the best time of your life, so I figured I would enlighten those about what I actually took away from this multi-thousand dollar experience.


Join Something.

Whether it is a sports team, a club on campus, a fraternity or sorority- get involved in some type of campus organization. This is most likely how you’ll meet those people you will call your friends for hopefully the rest of your life. I quickly realized about a month into my freshman year that the college experience isn’t complete without this aspect.  If you’re lucky, these people will end up being like family in your new “home away from home.”  If not, good luck eating, walking to class and going out by yourself for 4 years.


Parties vs the Bars.

Parties are much more fun an entertaining than the bar scene.  Now, I went to Towson and is known as a ‘Bar School’ but I have experienced some of the wildest parties over the past couple years, especially when I was younger.  Whether it is a themed party or occasion or just a random Friday night, I think most would agree that parties are the way to go.  When at a party, you normally only have to pay $5 or $10 at the door in order to drink all the beer and liquor that you can.  At a bar it’s most likely that you’ll be paying $5-$10 per drink, depending on the venue.  As I’ve gotten older, the bar scene is obviously more my crowd but I’m just saying I preferred the party scene because they were easier to have interesting themes, it was easier to mingle and talk to others and the parties were a lot more eventful, where really anything goes as long as the owners of the house approve.


Roommates.

Throughout my college experience I have lived with 13 different individuals at 7 different locations, and yes, my parents are not ecstatic about that situation.  It is very important to know who you live with because you are now unhooked from your parent’s leash and out on your own.  It is very easy to tell who has been spoiled at home their entire lives with parents who were either absent, or who coddled them in a crib of cash.  You should really try and make an effort to get along with everyone you live with because it is never pleasant dreading going home to your own roommates.  Your roommates will most likely be some of your best friends and it’s good to keep it that way, rather than ruin the relationship you once had with them.


Grades – Grade scale is bullsh*t.

Now the normal grading scale applies as an A=4.0, B=3.0 and so forth so why fuck it all up?  Who really knows? Anyways, I earned an 82.7 in the class which is between an 80 and an 89, making my grade a B, and I should receive 3 points, but no!  Instead I actually got a B- based off the “college grading scale”.  Also, why the hell is there no A+’s, or C-‘s?  I really find it puzzling that if you get a 99/100 in the class that you are not rewarded with the grade of an A+, but if you get an 89/100 you receive a B+.  Pretty much what I am trying to get at here is there should really only be 5 grading methods which include: A, B, C, D, and F to keep from things getting complicated.


Your ‘Advisor’ probably isn’t that good.

Usually these people are professors at the University and they are only professors because of the hefty paychecks and plethora of resources available for their research. This is probably one of the largest differences from high school.  In high school your guidance counselor is supposed to be there for you through everything and guide you through the process of getting into college.  Here, your advisor could give less of a fuck.  All he sees you as is a paycheck, along with the school.  I have had 3 different advisors from the time I was a freshman until the time I am now graduating the business school and they are all equally as bad.  They do everything wrong, whether it’s missing deadlines they are responsible for meeting, to recommending to take non-required, bullshit classes. Be aware that these people generally do not give a shit about you.


75% who you know, 25% what you know.

After applying to internships and now different job opportunities, in the market it is very apparent how important it is that you know and maintain relationships with people in the industry.  Both of my internships were through a contact, and after looking for big boy jobs the entire semester, I have realized that the job opportunity is a lot more promising if you know someone within the company.  Obviously after you are given the opportunity, whether it be a phone or in-person interview, SIEZE IT!   This is where you get to show what you’re made of, even if it is unfortunately only worth 25% of importance to the employer.


Appreciate your parents for paying/helping with this experience!

I am very fortunate and blessed to have my parents really help me with the entire college process from applying, funding and maintaining the experience for myself.  Lastly, make sure you thank them for all that they have done to put you in this position to succeed!  Even if you were the one working your butt off to get where you are, in most cases it was because of your parents or guardian who really influenced your work ethic/experience in general.


 


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