You’re about three weeks in, but welcome back nonetheless.
Whether this is your first year at Carleton or 10th (no judgment here). We hope that you have a productive yet fun year!
Since I have been here FOREVER, I've complied a list of tips and tricks of the trade (yes I equated being a student to a trade).
1) Read your course syllabus… Seriously. All the important information is on there and it acts a contract between you and your professor.
2) Use your TA’s, they’re job is to make sure you are feeling comfortable with the material.
3) Use your Prof’s office hours. Again, get comfortable asking questions.
4) Attend class. I know this seems like a no brainer and granted some classes are bruuutaal. Try really hard to show up. Make an effort. I know this goes without saying, but you guys are paying $500+ per course… Seems like a complete waste if you’re not coming to class or using the Prof and TA’s
5) Keep up with the material. You don’t need to be making an appearance at a house party every night of the week. You do need to make an appearance at the library or an equivalent place to get your shit done.
6) Don’t compare yourself with anyone. We all know those students….The ones that party all night, don’t show up to class (or show up only to fall asleep), that start their assignments 1 hr before they are due, and that seem to never open a text book YET the buggers end up with a fantastic mark…
They are not you. Recognize and appreciate how YOU learn. The earlier you do this the less heart ache and potential awful marks you will experience.
7) Join at least one “social” group (salsa anyone?) and one “academic” group (every department has a society, get involved).
Shameless self plug here, but ahem CU-WISE is both social (who doesn't love cupcake socials and movie nights?) AND academic (we have smart people come in to talk about smart things) .
We also are changing the world, seriously.
Our outreach efforts over the last 2 years alone has reached more then 600 girls ranging from ages 10 to 18... #NBD ;)
Our members are the absolute best (not biased at all) and our events are AH-MAZING (again, cupcakes, roller coasters and nonstop giggling, can’t be beat).
8) Expand your social horizons, get to know people that are your opposites... Makes for fun evenings
9) Pack food. Campus food is …well... you know...(unless you go to Roosters… They’re all right for certain things). But seriously, pack food or buy granola bars and stuff them in your locker. Nothing is worse then setting down to study and being hungry. It’s cruel and unusual punishment.
10) Workout. I know I knooooow. “Sweating is sooo awful” (this is the exact statement that my lazy labmate tells me when we workout... but he’s has a lot of issues we need to sort out) Anyway. Find a physical activity you enjoy, tennis, swimming, weights, running (barf), yoga etc. Get moving. No one wants to be out of breath climbing the Uni Center stairs ;)
I hope I see you folks at our upcoming events!!
Rim is an institution within Carleton (that is to say she has been here for so long that there has been talk to erect a statue in her honour). Word on the street is that she’s “finishing up” her PhD in Neuroscience (don’t ever get her started on her research, she’s turns into a 12 y/old on a sugar high..it’s terrifying. No one should be that excited about science). She also happens to be the Science Co-Chair CU-WISE (or as she calls it THE BOSS OF ALL THINGS), where she spends her time hustling , planning events, motivating (coughharrasingcough) students and flirting with her Engineering Co-Chair. You will see her around campus (she lives here) please stop her and say hello. She responds well to cookies.