4 Serious College Mistakes That You Can Avoid (Part 1/2)

4 Serious College Mistakes That You Can Avoid (Part 1/2)
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    Since the heart of college is all about finding yourself, both as a student and a person, there are bound to be a few slip-ups along the way.

    But some mistakes can be totally avoided, and realizing this before it's too late can spare your wallet, your grades, and your overall sanity.

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Let’s be real: College is a time to make mistakes. We forget to study. We procrastinate on our thesis. We wake up after a killer party with Sharpie on our faces and some kind of green paste in our hair. Since the heart of college is all about finding yourself, both as a student and a person, there are bound to be a few slip-ups along the way.

But some mistakes can be totally avoided, and realizing this before it’s too late can spare your wallet, your grades, and your overall sanity. Here are four college mistakes that are all-too-common, but also all-too-avoidable:

1. Buying schoolbooks right away.

When a class requires a book, many students think they’ve got to stampede to the local bookstore before “All About Planets ‘N Stuff: Vol. 42” is sold out for good. The truth is, many professors use the book for one lecture and then never pull it out again.

Your best bet before blowing the bank? Borrow a friend’s book for a week or two. After a while, you’ll start to observe whether this book is vital or not. Bonus points if you can find a friend who’s already had the class; they can loan you the book all semester before they resell it.

If you do end up needing the book, it’s no sweat. Sites like Amazon have tons of schoolbooks and ebooks, sometimes even cheaper than the school bookstore prices. Plus, discounted rental options are often available.

Also, if the book is only composed of scholarly essays? Usually you can just Google the author and essay title and get exactly what you need. No book–or million-dollar price tag–required.

2. Forgetting to research your professors.

Academic ratings sites are there for a reason: to save students’ lives. Even before your window is open to choose classes, you should check all your options. Usually when you hear talk around campus, you’ll only catch if a teacher is a solid “good” or “bad.” Through a ratings website like RateMyProfessors or Koofers, you’ll learn more details about curriculum, personality, and professors’ most distinct quirks.

Keep in mind what you need for a good learning experience. A certain professor may be nice, but if you have trouble deciphering thick accents, she may not be the match for you. Students may complain online about a professor’s constant essays, but if you’re a fan of writing, this will work in your favor.

Look for trends in reviews, both good and bad, and write down the names you’ll want to remember before you sign up for classes. You may not always snag the class you want in time, but hey–better to have loved and lost.

Stay tuned for part 2!

 
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