Continued: Surprise! You're
The logistics of a college
campus provide another set of surprises. Parking is a universal
issue on college campuses. The pecking order usually gives upper
classmen the choice lots while freshmen and sophomores are left
in the remote lots, trudging through rain and snow -- provided they
are assigned a parking space in the first place!
Carlson was surprised
that the basics of keeping track of room keys, college ID and financial
issues became significant. "There's an assumed level of responsibility
that you don't think about. It's up to you to clean your own room;
no one's going to do it for you. It's up to you to keep track of
your checking account."
As for that Freshman
20, Murphy hears from many students who were amazed how quickly
they gained weight. "It's the reality of inactivity -- sitting in
class, studying, then eating pizza."
In light of these surprises,
here's some advice to the incoming freshman class of 2002.
* Discipline and patience
are good things to learn.
* Read or review class
notes at least weekly.
* Don't expect your
roommates to become your best friends.
* It's usually not
a good idea to room with your best friend as you may not be best
friends for long!
* Watch your diet
and find time to exercise regularly.
* Realize that you
are not alone in feelings of loneliness, homesickness or inadequacy.
Seek out a resident director or friend for counsel.
* Don't worry about
your appearance or try to impress everyone you meet.
* No matter how much
you think you have everything figured out for the next four years
-- major, career, relationships -- it's difficult to predict and
stick with the original plan. It's bound to change as your horizons
A college education
offers a 100 percent guarantee that you'll encounter plenty of surprises
-- positive and negative -- and a once-in-a-lifetime maturing experience.
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