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25 Cents to the Dollar

In the first week after quarter 1 of my reintroduction to school, I was given an opportunity to compile more material for the blog.  I was not able to write too much throughout the semester, but I am still here.



The semester was a learning experience that I don't take for granted.  There are several lessons that I picked up that will propel me into my future, not only with academia or a career, but also in everyday life.



Some of these lessons include:



  • Never assume that you know which classroom is yours if you haven't fully retained that information to memory.  It's not fun walking into the same wrong classroom multiple times in a day or semester.


  • Furthermore, not everyone knows the campus like you may think.  Be aware that some directions, if followed exactly how described, can get you more lost.


  • If you decide to ride your bike to class, be aware that that is a physical activity, and the first few weeks of the fall semester may still be warm.  Pack accordingly...preferably lightly and with a towel.


  • While riding that bike, know that deer may not be your friends.  They might look innocent, but it's probably best not to make too much eye contact.  They travel in packs, and that's all I have to say about that.


  • There a very few reasons to say no to free food.  Don't question your way out of an opportunity.


  • Rest is still good...it pays off in the long run.


  • Studying is still good...it pays off in the long run.


  • Wendy's is still good...it pays off in the long run.  Well maybe Wendy's isn't that good but it is opened late.


  • If you have a presentation, it's probably not as nerve racking as you think.  Chances are you might just want to take a step back, take in the information, and do your thing.


  • Priorities are like Morgan Freeman's voice-overs...they make everything smoother.


  • Headphones are arguably the most dangerous thing on campus...especially if they are blaring too loud, or you are on that bike we mentioned earlier in this post and in a post from the past.

  • Cherish your parking spot, and always have extra coins.

  • A lot can be learned in 3 hours, and for the low price of 3 hours and 30 minutes (15 minutes before and 15 minutes after), that 3 hours of information can actually be somewhat retained.

  • Use your breaks.  Not only the breaks you get in class, but also the holidays.  They are the equivalent to 2-hour delays and snow-days in high school.  They go by quickly, but if you are wise, they can change your entire mood for the better.

  • Use those bike brakes too...

  • And last, no matter how much of a challenge you think technology may present, it is everywhere.  Get to know it early and tasks like submitting papers or presentations won't be a nightmare.  You're welcome.

So, there's some food for thought in this first quarter.  Hopefully after I spend the next 25 cents towards school (actual costs may vary), I will be that much closer to a full dollars worth of knowledge to share.  We shall see.


Until next time,

Long Live The People

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