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  • Kristen from Chicago, IL

    I've learned things so far in every course I've taken and have met really great professors and instructors. You learn a lot from the people as well. They're from all over the world. read full review

  • Brittany from Island Lake, IL

    There are so many different things that you will learn in your college experience. Here are some tips that will hopefully make your transition a bit smoother! -When you move in, do not be afraid to go around your floor and introduce yourself to… more read full review

    There are so many different things that you will learn in your college experience. Here are some tips that will hopefully make your transition a bit smoother! -When you move in, do not be afraid to go around your floor and introduce yourself to people! It is totally normal to knock on someone's door and say, Hey, I'm blahblahblah. I'm in room whatevernumber and just thought I should meet some people around here. Here is a little secret not many people think about: EVERYONE is in the same boat on your first day. Some may know a few people, but for the most part, virtually everyone wants to make new friends. The people you meet in the first six weeks will be the people you get closest with! It is a lot harder to form a plethora of new relationships after that point. So push those first six weeks! -Be yourself. Seriously. In high school, people conform. In college, people don't care, and conformists are actually a bit annoying. So do not be afraid to put the real you out there. There are tons of people for every kind of personality. -Smile. Countless studies show that if you have a smile on your face, people perceive you as a warm and approachable person, making it a lot easier to make friends! -Manage your independence. Yes, this will probably be your first time living on your own with no parents to tell you what to do. This does not mean you can pile up your laundry until you have no more underwear or leave the dishes undone until you cannot walk into the room because of the smell. It will now be your job to keep yourself in check. Set a day of the week (Sunday was always good for me) as your sorting out my life day. Do your laundry, clean your dishes, do any remaining homework for the upcoming week, check your calendar so you know how busy your week will be, print any necessary lecture slides for classes...the list goes on and on. When this day rolls around, you should know what you need to get done to make your parents proud and your life a lot less stressful. Get it done, or the rest of your week will feel unorganized. -KEEP A PLANNER. If there is one thing you take from this tips section, this should be it. With so many different classes and activites at different times in different places, you need to keep some kind of calendar to document when you have class and extracurricular activities, as well as any homework due dates and exam dates. U of I sells I-book's, which are daily planners with special U of I events already written in. I use my I-Cal on my MacBook, and I have friends who use other planners they bought at different stores. It does not matter what brand it is, just get one and USE IT! -Fight procrastination. Any bad grade I ever received, any all-nighter I ever had to pull, any time I felt completely stressed out, it was because I procrastinated myself there. Space out your homework and projects, and never save something for the night before it is due. It never goes well. Also, deactivate your Facebook during midterms and finals week. You will be amazed by the amount of time that will be added to your life. -NEVER miss an exam! You will be so sorry you did. The work that goes into getting a make-up exam and the way it affects your grade is totally not worth it. -Go to your advisor meetings. They are not required, but it is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor twice a semester to make sure you are on track with your classes, grades, and prerequisites. I am telling you right now, make it a priority. My advisor has saved me from taking a class I did not need to or taking a class that is impossible to do well in on multiple occasions. It is worth the time to go. -Go to class. Many lectures, especially in your first couple semesters, will not take attendance. Go anyways. I know sometimes you will feel like your eyes simply cannot open to wake up in the morning, but going to class will help you so much on your tests. In lecture, you will get notes that will not be on the PowerPoint slides they post online. Those notes will be on the exams. And trust me, people are stingy with their lecture notes. This past semester I missed a lot of lecture because of illnesses and deaths in my family. I missed those lecture notes, and I saw a noticeable difference between my exam grades while going to lecture and while not going. Please, just go. -Whether you are going to drink or not, NEVER go out without someone you trust. You should never go out alone, but if you go out with people who you do not really know, you will most likely lose them at some point throughout the night. This is extremely dangerous because someone walking home alone late at night is the prime target for someone looking to rape, mug, or hurt you. This is especially for girls, but important for guys too. You need to be with someone you trust and know they will be looking out for you throughout the night. In turn, you should be looking out for whomever you are with. Friends need to have friends' backs in college, especially on the party scene. -If you set down your drink, do not pick it back up. I am sure you have heard this before. Do not do it. I know multiple people, guys and girls, that have had the date rape drug slipped into their drink, and some of them were on accident. So even if you feel safe where you are, and whom you are with, someone could still accidentally slip you something. Just get another drink. -Form close relationships with your RA, professors, and TA's. All three have come through for me this past year. My RA was able to drive me home for Thanksgiving break so I didn't have to pay for a bus home. Through my difficult semester, my professors and TA's were extremely understanding and gracious because they knew that I was a good and respectable student that they could trust. Approach your professors and TA's on the first day of class and introduce yourself. It is more important than you may think. -Know your limit. Yes, this is important for drinking, but also for extracurricular activities and classes. At parties, do not take eight shots in ten minutes, and do not let people pressure you to drink more than you know you should. People get alcohol poisoning almost every night. Do not be that person. In reference to classes and extracurricular’s, know that class comes first. If your grades are suffering because you are doing too many other things, you should stop doing one of those extra activities. Common sense. And do not take twenty-three credit hours. Yes, you are allowed to when you sign a form, but do not do it. Unless you want to pull weekly all-nighters (I am not exaggerating), do not do that to yourself. read full review

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