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Need to study for a
mid-term exam or finish a term paper? Get ready to burn the midnight
oil -- and the early-morning oil! "Late in college means 3-4 a.m.
not 10-11 p.m." says Hemmila.
Carlson agrees. "With
other obligations, like work and social things, studying until 3
a.m. is not unusual." Yet she was surprised at her stamina. "I've
stayed up 48, even 72 hours studying -- thanks to coffee and willpower.
Staying up isn't that hard. The difficult part is keeping everything
in your brain."
Another common surprise
is the vast amount of reading college requires: 50-60 pages a night
-- per class! Hemmila was surprised he didn't get a detention when
he skipped a class. But he still paid the tuition for that skipped
The number of distractions
that keep students from their studies catches many off guard, explains
Nathan Seibel, a resident director. Thus students are surprised
to realize their education needs to include personal discipline
and time management.
"There is never enough
time," realizes Katie Dean, a business major. "I can't be involved
in everything like in high school, and even a part-time job is hard
with a full load."
Paul Bradley, dean of
residence life at Northwestern College, says freshmen usually find
they have more homework than expected and finals are more difficult.
"They're surprised because they get fewer directives from professors
on how to study and what to study."
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