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College...Success Stories?

JaD

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Where are mine? Why don't I have any? I hope I'm not alone in the fact that college is nothing but a struggle. A lot of ups & downs, but mostly downs in a sense. Academically, mentally, and emotionally. Lack of direction? Motivation? Maybe it's a lil' bit of everything. I understand college isn't supposed to be a breeze, but I'm (hopefully not just me) looking for tips and advice to do better in school. PM for more personal stuff (I'd prefer, I guess) and hopefully we can all help each other out.


On a side note: I'm planning on transferring from a CSU to a CC to finish out some missed credits, and then transfer once again to a different CSU. Any advice, tricks, or things that aren't painstakingly obvious I should know about before I go through with this whole process? Much appreciation.
 
Get drunk... do the bare minimum to pass.. Drink some more. Thats my advice.


MightyM's words of wisdom for the day : The harder you work, the more disappointed you are when somebody ****s you over.
 
College is about 4 things: binging, stressing, feeling stupid, and alone. I generally go through all four in a semester, but I'm starting to get the hang of it.
 
i smoked weed pretty much all day everyday for 3 years throughout university and still managed to get my degree.

u'll make it. just tough it out.
 
It's my opinion that most of the people that go to college, don't actually need to be there. Most of the jobs out there are going to require some sort of training that they give you anyway. This country just pounds it into our brains that you can't go anywhere in life without college, and that's BS.
 
I think people should take time off after high school. To many people end up in College for things they don't actually like.
 
Don't hang around people who will drag you down. It isn't like public high school where people can just ******** for free...college is expensive!

Find people to study with if you lack motivation. Set goals for yourself and reward yourself when you achieve them.

Stay active. Sometimes too much free time can lead to not doing anything at all.

I graduate in two months, and I'm proud to say that I've been extremely successful in college :up: I know it's extremely hard, but you've got to WANT to succeed.
 
Where are mine? Why don't I have any? I hope I'm not alone in the fact that college is nothing but a struggle. A lot of ups & downs, but mostly downs in a sense. Academically, mentally, and emotionally. Lack of direction? Motivation? Maybe it's a lil' bit of everything. I understand college isn't supposed to be a breeze, but I'm (hopefully not just me) looking for tips and advice to do better in school. PM for more personal stuff (I'd prefer, I guess) and hopefully we can all help each other out.


On a side note: I'm planning on transferring from a CSU to a CC to finish out some missed credits, and then transfer once again to a different CSU. Any advice, tricks, or things that aren't painstakingly obvious I should know about before I go through with this whole process? Much appreciation.

It's all good... I think it applies to everyone... find some study groups... I don't know what your major is or anything... but my major is heavy science... plus I don't have the typical goals that most people in my major (or similar majors) have... medical school... etc. I just want to know the material. Contribute my two cents to science... but there is just so much freaking information and material to get down... I feel like shooting myself when I actually sit down and go through some of the stuff in the notes and text... it's tough to stay motivated if you don't have those specific goals... study groups should ease that a bit. I am just trying to graduate with passing grades... hopefully I'll stick with it long enough that I'll actually be doing the real hard core research once I have the educational background. But that's just my goal... set something more specific and stick with it. Simple as that.
 
Get drunk... do the bare minimum to pass.. Drink some more. Thats my advice.

MightyM's words of wisdom for the day : The harder you work, the more disappointed you are when somebody ****s you over.

Hmm..

i smoked weed pretty much all day everyday for 3 years throughout university and still managed to get my degree.

u'll make it. just tough it out.

It certainly didn't help for me to have a stoner roommate my 3rd semester of college. With him selling pot in my room, and having the cops knocking on our door looking for him at some parts of the semester. His friends who didn't even go to our school who'd throw up on our bathroom floor passed out with the door locked so we couldn't get in. And my assumption that he was at a time doing cocaine just wasn't nice to be around. And drinking vodka out of water bottles while your surfing on the internet? WTF? If you don't find that problematic I don't know what is. I don't know how you do it, but I tend to stay away from that stuff.

Don't hang around people who will drag you down. It isn't like public high school where people can just ******** for free...college is expensive!

Find people to study with if you lack motivation. Set goals for yourself and reward yourself when you achieve them.

Stay active. Sometimes too much free time can lead to not doing anything at all.

I graduate in two months, and I'm proud to say that I've been extremely successful in college :up: I know it's extremely hard, but you've got to WANT to succeed.

It's all good... I think it applies to everyone... find some study groups... I don't know what your major is or anything... but my major is heavy science... plus I don't have the typical goals that most people in my major (or similar majors) have... medical school... etc. I just want to know the material. Contribute my two cents to science... but there is just so much freaking information and material to get down... I feel like shooting myself when I actually sit down and go through some of the stuff in the notes and text... it's tough to stay motivated if you don't have those specific goals... study groups should ease that a bit. I am just trying to graduate with passing grades... hopefully I'll stick with it long enough that I'll actually be doing the real hard core research once I have the educational background. But that's just my goal... set something more specific and stick with it. Simple as that.

Thanks.
 
I think people should take time off after high school. To many people end up in College for things they don't actually like.

Sounds like me right now lol. Yeah I hate how pretentious college has been made out to be. My friends are juniors and are already getting emails about graduate school and they don't even know what they're going to do after their bachelors.
 
Goals are essential; know what you want, work towards it now, or you're ****ed. Don't buy into any of that "Life starts at any age" ********. You are locked in early my friend. LOCKED. IN. EARLY. Unfortunate, but that's the way it is. Those overachievers who blitzed by everyone in highschool and college - straight A's, extracurriculars, math club, chess club, student politics, etc. ad parental pressure infinitum - those are the ones signing paychecks for the rest of the shlubs, and they knew exactly what they wanted to be from the their freshman year on.

Know what you want. Goals.
 
What's even worse is if you get through college and you don't get a job in the field you got your degree in, almost as if you've wasted four years learning about something you can't use.
 
damned if you do , damned if you don't
 
Here's a book for you to buy:

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Where are mine? Why don't I have any? I hope I'm not alone in the fact that college is nothing but a struggle. A lot of ups & downs, but mostly downs in a sense. Academically, mentally, and emotionally. Lack of direction? Motivation? Maybe it's a lil' bit of everything. I understand college isn't supposed to be a breeze, but I'm (hopefully not just me) looking for tips and advice to do better in school. PM for more personal stuff (I'd prefer, I guess) and hopefully we can all help each other out.


On a side note: I'm planning on transferring from a CSU to a CC to finish out some missed credits, and then transfer once again to a different CSU. Any advice, tricks, or things that aren't painstakingly obvious I should know about before I go through with this whole process? Much appreciation.

Some of this may seem like common sense or rigid but I think it's helpful.
Academically:
I don't know in what year of college you are but the last 2 are more fun than the 1st 2. Fresh & Soph years are still dominated by core subjects, not major related subjects. That makes it seem like high school and can be arduous after finishing HS. So, just hang in there if it's still early.
Some people I knew eased their study load by taking earning a credit in the summer, thus allowing them to take less during the year.
Cater your work to the type of learner you are. Some people do better with a little background noise, others in groups or w/ partners, others will plenty of self-made visual aids.
Mentally:
Be selective in the parties you attend. It was my experience that the students who lived for the weekends struggled much more and sometimes flunked out. You do need to let off steam but be cautious. Also, alcohol can be a big stumbling block. I have never touched the stuff and the things I saw it do to kids in college was a big reason why I persist in that.
Don't get involved in too much drama. I'm not suggesting being insensitive to your friends but don't let them cloud your goals with too much "he said/she said" garbage. Also, the guideline of being selective also applies to your dating life. The people who spend copious amonts of time working to hook-up with everything on two legs often don't have the time and energy needed to do well in class.
Emotionally:
Exercise! I enjoyed my college's gym but I found it even more helpful to go to an off-campus one. Feeling like I had a place to go where I could find balance, away from the campus was invaluable.
Don't sweat the details. As a few people in this thread already stated, just pass and don't feel like you need to be an honor student. In the 13 years since I graduated, I have never had a potential employer ask me anything other than a) if I had proof of graduation b) my major. Do your best but the important piece of the puzzle is the diploma.
 
Here's a book for you to buy:

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That looks like a good buy. Thanks :up:

Some of this may seem like common sense or rigid but I think it's helpful.
Academically:
I don't know in what year of college you are but the last 2 are more fun than the 1st 2. Fresh & Soph years are still dominated by core subjects, not major related subjects. That makes it seem like high school and can be arduous after finishing HS. So, just hang in there if it's still early.
Some people I knew eased their study load by taking earning a credit in the summer, thus allowing them to take less during the year.
Cater your work to the type of learner you are. Some people do better with a little background noise, others in groups or w/ partners, others will plenty of self-made visual aids.
Mentally:
Be selective in the parties you attend. It was my experience that the students who lived for the weekends struggled much more and sometimes flunked out. You do need to let off steam but be cautious. Also, alcohol can be a big stumbling block. I have never touched the stuff and the things I saw it do to kids in college was a big reason why I persist in that.
Don't get involved in too much drama. I'm not suggesting being insensitive to your friends but don't let them cloud your goals with too much "he said/she said" garbage. Also, the guideline of being selective also applies to your dating life. The people who spend copious amonts of time working to hook-up with everything on two legs often don't have the time and energy needed to do well in class.
Emotionally:
Exercise! I enjoyed my college's gym but I found it even more helpful to go to an off-campus one. Feeling like I had a place to go where I could find balance, away from the campus was invaluable.
Don't sweat the details. As a few people in this thread already stated, just pass and don't feel like you need to be an honor student. In the 13 years since I graduated, I have never had a potential employer ask me anything other than a) if I had proof of graduation b) my major. Do your best but the important piece of the puzzle is the diploma.

Some of it does seem like common sense like you said, but most of it is very useful. Especially to those who may be starting college soon. Great info
 
The change of scenery might help, not all CSU's are created equal. I just finished up at CSUF.
 
The change of scenery might help, not all CSU's are created equal. I just finished up at CSUF.

Yeah I'm at CSU, Monterey Bay, this school just hasn't worked for me at all, I'm hoping to transfer to the first school I was accepted to which I regret not going to in the first place, San Francisco St. More programs focusing on creative writing and etc.
 
I am nearing the end of my Junior year as an illustration major... And I have no idea what I am going to do when I get out of here. I don't know what it is that I want to do or what I'd be good at.

School wise I'm fine, I get good grades, teachers generally like my work. But personally I stress all the time about my work and future.
 
I graduate in about a month and I can honestly say that college has been a total success. Two years on an NCAA swim team, 4 years of heavy drinking and casual pot smoking, girlfriend for two years, and 4 years of doing the bare minimum to get my degree. Success.
 
Yeah I'm at CSU, Monterey Bay, this school just hasn't worked for me at all, I'm hoping to transfer to the first school I was accepted to which I regret not going to in the first place, San Francisco St. More programs focusing on creative writing and etc.

I was going to transfer to Monterey, but all my friends told me it sucked.I was just thinking of transfering there for the scenary anway, way better then Fresno lol.
 
I was going to transfer to Monterey, but all my friends told me it sucked.I was just thinking of transfering there for the scenary anway, way better then Fresno lol.

My brother goes to Fresno, that's cool.

But Monterey is a beautiful place and everything, but the school is still quite new and needs some time to be an actual university IMO, but yeah
 
Seriously how much in debt are some of you guys?

My EFC was only like 5309 or something like that. And I know I'm gonna have to take out a private loan. :(
 
It certainly didn't help for me to have a stoner roommate my 3rd semester of college. With him selling pot in my room, and having the cops knocking on our door looking for him at some parts of the semester. His friends who didn't even go to our school who'd throw up on our bathroom floor passed out with the door locked so we couldn't get in. And my assumption that he was at a time doing cocaine just wasn't nice to be around. And drinking vodka out of water bottles while your surfing on the internet? WTF? If you don't find that problematic I don't know what is. I don't know how you do it, but I tend to stay away from that stuff.

lol i didnt say sell it. im not even saying smoke it (although it IS the ****)

im just saying

it isnt as daunting as it seems. like i said, i was high as hell for most of my university years and i graded from LSE with my degree last spring.

just dont let it get to you... i know, you should smoke sum weed :woot:
 

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