Grand Rapids College Professor Offers Up A List of Do’s And Don’t’s For New Students
This weekend marked the return of college students to West Michigan's 15 colleges and universities, and one student went up on the web site Reddit to ask what are some do's and don't's for students new to the area.
One area college professor replied with a list that may become the gold standard for student advice in the future.
I like to think that when I sent my oldest off to college seven short years ago, my advice was as succinct as this list. It's all there from 'SHOW UP' to 'DON'T RUN UP YOUR CREDIT'.
The list, posted by someone who goes by Not_Han_Solo, is simple and 'on fleek' as the kids like to say. (Let's be honest, no one says on fleek anymore).
Do: Go to class. All of them. I promise you, the students who do well are the ones who show up.
Do: Keep it to 15 credits/semester or less, especially if you have a job. You're gonna need this information in your job someday. Don't shortchange yourself.
Do: Join a club or two. Make friends. Have fun. The students who bail are generally the ones who have no connections.
Do: GO TO OFFICE HOURS. FOR EVERY CLASS. I will bend over backwards to help a student who needs it and who's made a genuine effort. By the same token, if you ask me for a favor 4/5 through course and that's the first time you've come up to me for anything, I will be skeptical.
Don't: Get shitfaced. Alcoholism is a real problem, and so is drug abuse. You're here to learn, and you're spending $Texas to do it. When you show up to class hung over or coming down off a high, you're wasting the class and, therefore, your money. And, by the by, you're probably paying around about $100 per class period to be there.
Don't: Bring your drug paraphernalia to class.When you ignore the Getting Shitfaced thing. Seriously.
Don't: Borrow your maximum. Calculate what you actually need, and borrow THAT. Student loan payback is serious business, and you can't discharge those debts in bankruptcy.
Don't: Get a degree just because you think you can make money. I get students who're back for a second bachelor's because they got a high-paying degree in a field that they found they hate. It's a better deal to just get a degree in something you enjoy--and I promise you, even English or Music majors get good jobs. Hell, English is the main pipeline to law school, and one of the top five for med school.
There's a lot more, but those ought to get you started.
Thank you, Not_Han_Solo. That's a most solid list for college freshmen.