As an upcoming college sophomore, obviously I know what it takes to make it in the collegiate world of America. Sure, I'm still living at home and going to a predominantly commuter school, but this is my blog so I can do whatever I want.
1. Never Pay Full Price
No college student should ever pay full price for a textbook. Honestly, nobody should pay more than $10 for a book in general. (Unless it's Selfish by Kim Kardashian. That is an investment.)
99% of the time, you can just use an older edition of the textbook. I mean come on, how much can the concept of economics change in one semester? And from what I've heard, some professors get kickbacks from the textbook purchases. Isn't that like some House of Cards type of sh*t!?
I discourage illegal activity because I am a public figure, so you should NEVER go to these links to download older (or current) editions of textbooks for FREE. Nothing says college education like spending half your rent on a GE class.
If you're in a scenario where you HAVE to buy the physical copies of books, go to Slugbooks.com. You can compare textbook prices and get the best deal. It might look like they're paying me for the plug but I can only wish.
Also, did you know that in college, you have to PAY to do HOMEWORK? Dead serious. #BoycottAPLIA #BoycootWebAssign!
2. Your Roommate Might Be A Psycho
And it's okay. You're going to either meet, work with or marry another psycho in the future, so having some experience dealing with people you're not used to living with is a rite of passage.
Now that I think about it, how do you know you're not the psycho roommate?
Honestly, I'm having a tough time with this tip because I live at home where I have my own private room and pretty satisfactory bathrooms. When I go to take a shower, nobody is going to be watching me scrub my you-know-whats.
3. 8am Classes
DO NOT DO IT!!!
4. Get a Job
College is the stepping stone towards the real world, and the real world means having a career. At the end of the day, your future employer is just going to skim over "University of Phoenix 2013-2017" and head over to the "Experiences" and "Skills" section.
Internships are the ideal for getting work experience in a desired field, but those opportunities are competitive and sometimes unpaid. But if you are able to land yourself the big ship, channel your inner Spongebob Squarepants. Absorb everything and always be optimistic
There are also campus jobs! They're in school and are great ways to get to know the inner workings of your school. Working on campus usually allows you more schedule flexibility, but you also risk seeing your classmates if you're working in the cafeteria or a front desk job. "Hey! What did you get on #26? Also, why was there ham on my chicken sandwich?"
5. Not Just One College Experience
I would like to blame the media for making me feel bad that I'm not getting cross faded throughout my college semesters. You don't know what cross faded is? It's when you're drunk and high at the same time. So basically Winnie Chen in her daily life. That's what I kinda thought college was, but now I realize that for me, it's more long stays in the library and going to Google for answers.
Always remember that your college experience might not be the same as everyone else's, and that's okay. Whether you're chugging two Four Lokos at a frat party or falling asleep in the 4th floor library trying to study, it's all part of the experience.
It's all a collective journey that results in us receiving a pricey paper and a couple G's in student debt. But you also get to discover who you are as a person, where you want to be and who's meant to be with you in your future endeavors.
Liping is the founder and editor-in-chief of lipinghuang.com. He is currently a sophomore at San Francisco State University studying Business Marketing.