Dear Freshman Friend:
Hello and welcome to college! You will spend the next four years of your life studying, sleeping, eating, exercising, making friends, making enemies, falling in love, being heart broken, plagiarizing, and suffering in this ancient institution called university. You probably learned from brochures, applications, and other similar college advertisements the number of volumes the library owns, the name of your future college professors, and even how many hectares the university covers. But nobody has ever talk to you about this: the reality of college students. These are secrets behind the walls, the subject that many admission officers had tried for decades to keep it as a secret until this moment…so here we go.
You will be cheated by paying thousands of dollars in tuition, room, board, and all kinds of imaginable fees (like right now I am paying a $20 parking fee, and I don’t even own a car). Books are the second most expensive items in college life. Somewhere down the line, you will pay $100 for a book; and at the end of the semester, if you are lucky, you will get seven bucks for it. An easy solution is to sell the book to a prospect victim, I mean student, who is planning to take the same class (hint: for extra cash include class notes and tests). Colleges are a great please to get at least three credit cards and t-shirts (the best part!) each month. If there is no way you can get a fake ID with your worst enemy name on it, then reject the cards, especially if you don’t have a job. If temptation is too big, then print dad’s address on the credit card’s application so he can pick the bill every month, if he complains tell him is strictly for emergencies (it always works).
DORMS AND STUDENT LIFE
Also known as “Home” from now on. It can be better portray as an overcrowded building housing 200 students living on their own for the first time as responsible and mature adults. Here is some advice that can make the adjustment process easier:
· Roommates--you can be sharing your room with a psycho, compulsive maniac, nerd, punk, or Goth, it can be very scary and frustrating at the same time. My advice is to set up a camcorder to follow all his actions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for about a month to...