How to do well in college

My name is Rebecca Autumn Phillips and I was born in Buffalo, New York and was raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. I was raised in a Christian household, we went to church every Sunday, no exceptions. A majority of my life has been spent working within the Methodist church. I was an intern for my youth minister for 4 years as well as being a leader in my youth group. I was on a lot of Arkansas Methodist conference committees to help develop plans and goals for the Methodist Church. I’ve always loved working within ministry! I’m now in College majoring in Radio/Television and plan to graduate in 2016. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do until I came to visit University of the Ozarks. I took the tour, went in Walker Hall, and fell in love. The idea of being able to come to this school was a dream! Now I’m here! Because of my major, I have come to truly believe that communication can change the world; you just have to do it in the right and moral sense. My current role is a producer for KUOZ 6, the TV station within the school. I produce everything from swim meets to a bi-weekly comedy show. I hope to use my talents to make a difference in the world, even if that difference is just making a person that hasn’t smiled in years, laugh! We all have a story and throughout my writings you’ll see that our stories are connected as we embark on this journey together.

My name is Becca Phillips and I’m a junior at University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. I was pretty sure that I wanted to be a preacher when I came to school, but I walked past the master control room, newsroom, and studio and knew what I really want to do. I wanted to produce stories that made people think, laugh, cry, and wonder. So that brings me to today! I’m majoring in Radio/Television/Video producing a news show and a comedy series. It didn’t happen overnight and defiantly didn’t come without hard work! How did I get to where I am today? I remember it like it was yesterday….
I was walking onto campus for the first time as a student. I had no idea where my classes were or how my teachers were going to react on the first day. I didn’t take any media classes my first semester, but I wanted to get involved in the club and start producing. Remember when I said that it didn’t happen overnight? It was probably because after about a week or two of being in college, I got distracted. The typical things that people make jokes to you about when you’re getting ready to move away… They happen and usually come with an embarrassing story.
I don’t know who you are and I don’t know what you do with your spare time, but at the end of the summer when you start packing boxes and load up the mini-van, there are a few things that you need to know about college life…

1. You don’t need to be in a relationship as soon as you get to school.
It’s a thing that we all do without even realizing it. You think that when you get away from home that you can date whomever you want, whenever you want and get away with it! There’s nothing wrong with that, but make sure that your relationships don’t come before your schoolwork. Nine times out of ten the relationship won’t last but a few weeks anyways.

2. Your roommate does not have to be your best friend.
You don’t even have to talk to your roommate! All you have to do is live in the same space! Be comfortable with them, but when you rely on them for everything, living together will get extremely difficult.

3. Your professors are not out to get you.
They actually do care about you, especially when you care about your work and apply it to your daily life.

4. You’re an adult now.
If your old enough to make decisions about who you spend your time with and how you spend that time, you’re old enough to pre-order your textbooks or talk to a professor about a bad grade. Don’t have your parents call the professor or even the president! Why? It’s kind of pathetic.

5. You can go to parties and have fun as long as you hit the books later.
Balance your time. When you’re going out every night, it gets boring and so do you. Set aside a time once a week or every other week to go out on the town with friends. It keeps things a little more exciting when you have something to look forward to.

6. Life doesn’t end at the end of the freshman year.
If you go to a four-year college you still get six more semesters to figure out what you want to do when you graduate. Freshman year doesn’t define you unless you let it. Be an ever-growing person.

College can be an adventure. You choose if it’s going to be a good one or a bad one!

Becca

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