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The answers to all your questions

Re: The answers to all your questions
« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2005, 02:45:07 PM »
For soon-to-be college students, here's my five mistakes:

1)  Screwing off and getting mediocre grades as a freshman.  They will stick with you and will make you regret having assumed that you could put in high school-levels of studying and still get an A.  Chances are, by the time you're a senior, you'll know what's expected and can coast to good grades, but as a freshman, don't assume this to be true, because you'll still have to adjust even if you took 12 AP classes.

2)  Not settling on a major immediately.  This goes contrary to popular wisdom, but the sooner you decide and stick with it, the better.  You can get your requirements done sooner and leave the fun electives to your junior or senior year.  Also, if you get the requirements done quickly, you can take much smaller classes or graduate level courses in your major where profs will get to know you well and serve as great references.

3)  Not drinking before college.  This goes along with number one, but I drank about twice before college, mostly because I had a lot of Mormon friends.  Suck it up and get drunk with Dad some night over the summer--the more you get used to that feeling, the smarter you'll be with alcohol.  I laugh at this now, but four years ago I wasn't alcohol-adverse, I was just completely inexperienced and figured "I'll do it in college."

4)  Should have gone to the best school I got into, or a good public school.  I just got a great feeling at my school when I visited there, but seeing people who attended worse schools, have less debt, and have similar jobs to me kinda sucks.  Either shoot for the top, or go to a good public school and work your ass off to distinguish yourself.

5)  Interned.  I worked for my state governor's policy office, which sucked major balls, before my senior year while my friends were at financial and consulting firms.  When I applied for jobs this fall (after deciding to let law school wait a year), interviewers weren't particularly impressed or convinced I was interested in that career path.  All I got out of the dumb summer was the knowledge that I don't ever want to work in government.

Re: The answers to all your questions
« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2005, 10:35:37 AM »
I don't think there's much you need to worry about as a freshman, except that, like has already been said, you don't want to do something that will be put on your permanent record. I would just encourage you to get good grades, participate in activities that interest you, and try to have a good social life.

As for pledging, don't most people usually do it first semester of your freshman year? At Duke it was had to wait until the second semester. Whenever you do it, your grades are going to suck. If you know you want to, you might as well get it over with first semester. It will be easier to explain crappy grades on your law school app if they come first semester than if they come later.

My personal opinion is that it's better not to join a frat. Of course, the greek scene varies a lot from school to school. But I just thought the whole scene got very old after Freshman year.

Oh wait, I can think of one mistake: don't go crazy at a party and do something dumb that will give you a bad reputation for the rest of your college career. :)

I also graduated from Duke and will be heading to NYU Law in the Fall.  I double-majored in engineering and still had time for fraternity events.  I have to say that it is not easy to manage your time during pledging; however, it is very possible to maintain your grades while doing so.  I am personally very thankful that I joined a fraternity, but that is a decision you all must make individually.  I just don't want anyone to think that its unwise or impossible because of time constraints. 


Re: The answers to all your questions
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2005, 09:44:22 PM »
So what do you think are the top 5 mistakes of every college freshman?

I know my biggest mistake was going into college as a biochemistry major. I was not cut out for it and I started getting C's and D's and F's. If something similar happens to you, figure it out quickly and change course, so you only have 1 or 2 semesters of sh*tty grades rather than 3 or 4.


Re: The answers to all your questions
« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2005, 09:45:21 PM »
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