Advice for students going to college

My name is Robert Evans. I am constantly striving to learn, grow and become a more dynamic individual. My passions are music, working out, and making people laugh to name a few. I am an undergraduate expecting to graduate in May, 2015 with a degree in Mass Communications with a focus on Strategic Advertising at Virginia Commonwealth University. I also will have a minor in Business.

When I first came to college my freshman year at VCU, I thought that I had the perfect plan. I would go to all of my classes, and get A’s in them. I would have a diverse and wide group of friends to hang out with. I would party and have a good time with my friends, but I would not let it interfere with my grades or goals. I would work out all the time and get the six pack I always knew that I should have. I would meet a GREAT girl that would complete my life and that I would consider my other half. I would grow to be almost superhuman and would join all of the clubs that I was interested in and learn different hobbies that would impressive everyone I met.
These things and many more were my expectation of what I would accomplish while in college. With these lofty goals in mind, now that I will be graduating next semester, here are some of the incites I have learned.
1. Set high goals, but don’t fall under the shadow of your disappointment. You will succeed in some of your goals in college and you will also fail at some. Learn what works with your successes and learn what doesn’t with your failures. It is probably not a good idea to go out on a Thursday if you have an 8am class you need to be at on Friday. Especially if you have an exam the next day. It is surprising that many people make this mistake.

2. Do not succumb to the party life. While in college there is probably an opportunity to go out every night of the week if you want to. Many of us go through a party phase during college but you must not let it get out of control. When partying starts to get in the way of your grades, clubs, or health then that is a sure sign parting is getting the best to you

3. There will be friends that you will meet your first year of college, and then there will be the friends that you will retain after college. Out of the first 100 people you meet at college, it could be possible that only 10 will remain friends when you are a senior. This is normal. In a new and nerve-wracking situation such as going to college you are bound to make friends and cling to the first persons closest to you. As time goes by and you become more comfortable, you may meet people that you share more interests with. Develop these relationships and you may find that they become best friends!

4. You don’t have to go to every class to graduate, yet you don’t want the professor not to know who you are the day of final exams. You have to strike a subtle medium. If a professor does not take attendance and he/she has the Powerpoints online for you to look at, it probably won’t kill you if you missed a class. Just don’t expect to get an A if you miss half the classes.

5. You will most likely gain weight in college. Try to eat as healthy as possible and attempt to go to the gym at least 4 days a week. Many colleges have healthy and vegan alternative places to eat. Going to Taco Bell every meal is not a sure way to a fit body.
6. College is a great place to meet people and start a relationship with them. Just know that there is always the possibility that you may break up and not every relationship is meant to be. It is normal to have multiple relationships in college and still become single once you graduate. It depends on the couple.
7. Do not try to overdo it and join every club and do every extracurricular activity. Participate in only the activities that you share an interest with and could see yourself committing to. You will have to keep up with your classes along with all of these activities as well.

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