When I received my acceptance letter to San Diego State, a feeling of victory flowed through me. It was time to start a new chapter in the novel of my life. Here are some things that I've learned in my first semester of college.
- Joining organizations is the best way of making new friends with common interests. There are hundreds of them on campus from Greek Life to Religious clubs. My personal favorites and the ones that I connected to were Film Society and Young Americans for Liberty. Social and Business fraternities didn't really click with me, but they might for you. Just make sure you research into all their history and practices before you pledge. I'm aiming to join the Honor societies so I'm trying to maintain a high GPA. Just join organizations with like minded people. It will be the best decision that you ever make.
- The Freshman Fifteen is a virtually nonexistent at SDSU. With the ARC and the ARC Express (My favorite workout spot), I was able to prevent myself from gaining weight this semester. There are also healthy options on campus such as Olive Oil Cafe, Shakesmart, and Juice it Up. There are organic food options everywhere on campus. It's my personal opinion, but I would spend the extra money on organic food than at a future hospital visit. There is really no excuse for letting yourself go.
- Visit your professors during office hours. Professors tend to be bored out of their minds in their offices and would really like some company. Don't wait until the last minute just to rant to them about your final grade; you're wasting their time and your time. Professors don't bite.
- Don't take more classes than you can handle. I registered for 18 units my first semester and it was my biggest regret in my life. Thankfully, I was able to get through this with some help from my mentors.
- Think twice before taking an online class! I HIGHLY recommend avoiding online classes like the plague, especially math! My experience was riddled with computer glitches and crashes. Take them only as a last resort. Believe me, you will pull your hair out.
- The Media Center is an awesome place! There is a large collection of movies in the basement of the Love Library dome. You are free to check them out or watch them with friends in a private room.
- Use a planner. You will NEED a planner if you want to be active in the community. This will prevent your life from becoming a clusterf**k. I suggest the Mortar Board planner available in the SDSU bookstore. It's the one that I use and I love it. You could also use a 15 minute planner if you want to be really meticulous. They are available everywhere or you could just print them.