College advice from college students

Guanyi Yang graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2013 with a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Economics and Mathematics with a minor in accounting, with university honor and honor from the economics department. He also received his M.A. in economics from the Ohio State University in 2014 and is now working on his PhD in economics at the Ohio State University. By the time he graduated from college, he was member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honorary, Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. He was also a proud member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

Finally it’s time! You can finally move away from the 24 hour supervision of your evil parents; you can finally start a life that you only have ever dreamed of; you can finally sneak into bars and enjoy the absolute joy of “adulthood” fun; not to say all those Greek parties that you have only seen in TV shows. After all, you have dreamed about this all your life. And all of these are great desserts in this big fancy dinner, called “College.”
But dessert is just dessert, however sweet it tastes. If that is all your attention is at, you will miss the intricate appetizers and the heavenly main course. Everybody is unique; and your meal is probably different from one another. Many believe that I come to college to study whatever major I choose, and to be good at it. Of course that is one most important theme. However, I believe that the main course of “College” is to find out who I am, what I am good at, and how I am going to fit-in in a world after college. I will talk more in detail about this in future articles.
College is costly. Some of you may enter the college with full tuition paid by parents, or with loans, or with scholarship, or with the need of your own work-study to maintain. But whatever situation is, someone has to pay your skyscraper cost of tuition, room and board. Nevertheless, it is costly not only in terms of money, but more so in terms of our life. You enter college around the age of 18, and graduate at about 22. Our physical strength, our brain power, and our emotional sensibility, all of these fade away as we gets older. And the age of 18 to 22 are the prime of it all. The saddest thing in life is when we grow older; we feel remorseful about the time we spent. We made the decision to spend these prime years of our life in college, how shall we make the most of out it, and let our life blossom to the fullest? What should I do to not let our gift flow away in vain?
When we just start college we might think four years is going to be forever. But time start to twist from the day we enter college. A week used to feel like a week; now it feels like just two days. Whether you like it or not, four years of college just disappears in a blink of an eye. What shall we do so that we can say “I don’t just want to leave here yet, but I am proud that I have done it all to my best” by the time we walk through the commencement four years later?
I will spend several articles talking about this in the future, but here, I focus on an important trick – goal planner. It is truly the most important trick in my life. At the beginning of every period of my life, be it the beginning of school, or the beginning of an internship, or the beginning of a new job, I use it to draw a picture of envision. To be truthful to myself, I write down things that I want to achieve during the period, which only pertain to my personal reality. These things can be as abstract as what kind of person I want to progress to be after the period; or as simple and concrete as what class I want to take and what GPA I want to maintain. When making a goal planner, think in detail; not just academic goals, but also opportunities you want to take upon, friendship you want to make, relationship you want to enjoy, extra-curricular activities you want to fulfill, etc.. When making these goals, you need to think big. It has to be true and fully based on your own ability and personality; however, it has to be somewhat beyond what you can get by just sitting there. For example, you can easily get an overall GPA of 3.0, but challenging to attain a 3.25; then put your goal to be 3.35. If you can easily obtain a cum laude, then put it Sum Cum Laude as your goal.

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