5 things you should know about college

We hate to be the one to mention this, but summer is coming to a quick close. And that means school will be starting again.

If you’re heading to (or back to) college, USA Today College  has a list of five things you should know before you walk onto (or back onto) campus:

You don’t have to live in a house that really should be condemned.
Just because you’re a college student, that doesn’t mean you have to live in a crummy house off campus. After all, you deserve better. Take some extra time to find something clean and safe.

It’s OK to try different activitiesPhotoForAug.12Post
Don’t fall into the trap of participating in those activities tied only to your major or your future career path. Do you like to sing? Join a singing group on campus. Do you enjoy or what to try out white-water rafting? There may be an outdoor club on your campus that plans those trips. Just don’t limit yourself.

Don’t discount the Greeks.
How do you know you will (or won’t) like to join a fraternity or sorority until you at least get some information about them? Keep an open mind. Some people make lifelong friends this way.

Don’t choose a major too quickly.
If you know what you’re going to major in or are confident it’s the right one, good for you. But – and this is a big but – that doesn’t mean you can’t explore other academic areas.  Maybe you’ll find a second program you like. Maybe you’ll find something you want to minor in. And if you’re not sure of a major, that’s OK. Most schools have resources that can help you decide what’s best for you.

Studying abroad may be one of the greatest experiences of your college career. SecondPhotofforAug.12Post
Many students don’t consider studying abroad because of the added expense. But, there are many scholarships out there to help you, and you’ll meet people and discover things that will stick with you for a long, long time.

Remember, college is time to have fun, learn new things and discover. Good luck.

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