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Back to College: Five Things I Learned as an Undergrad

uk logo1 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (8/27/13)—University Of Kentucky classes begin tomorrow and Transylvania University students will come back to campus next week. Whether you are a returning student or a first timer, you’re probably full of different emotions. Having just graduated from college in May, I remember like it was yesterday: that back to school feeling.

As you start this school year here are a few things I learned as an undergraduate student:

-Buy a parking spot. It may seem like a lot of money now, but after multiple tickets and towing fees, it turns out to be more expensive in the long run to a rebel and park illegally.

-If a class requires a book, buy the book. These are also expensive, but trust me if it’s on the list, the professor will some way or another incorporate the book in their lesson. You don’t want to be that student who has no idea what’s going on.

-Always pack a light jacket. Classroom temperatures are never comfortable. To be safe, keep a jacket in your backpack so you can then pay attention to the lecture, instead of your goose bumps.

-Friends are everywhere. Don’t sit in your dorm room and tweet, Facebook, Instagram or anything else about how lonely you are. I met lifelong friends in the lunch line, at the tennis courts, in the gym, even right outside my dorm room door. Go explore.

-You make the rules. Your parents aren’t there to tell you a curfew or lecture you about eating past midnight, so you have to make the judgment calls now. This is why the Freshman 15 exists. Make boundaries and rules, but don’t be too hard on yourself.

The rest I’ll leave up to you to find out. College is the best years of your life. Live and learn inside and outside of the classroom!

Bonnie Dailey
SurfKY News

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