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This is real advice from actual students, alumni and faculty.

  • Go to faculty office hours. DO IT. Faculty are awesome, but even more awesome when they see that you put in effort outside of class. They'll be more willing to go the extra mile for you if you establish that relationship with them.
  • Ramen noodles are NOT a food group...
  • Try to identify the professors whose courses are the most challenging and from whom students learn the most, and take all the classes from them you can.
  • If you're running late for class, you don't need to shower. Just show up.
  • Go to class. It might seem obvious, but trust me, you need to remember this fact.
  • Make a spot in your room where you will always put your room key and ID card... these tend to be misplaced often.
  • Make sure you secure a place on a Term III softball team, you do NOT want to miss out!
  • Keep your dorm door open! Easiest way to meet new people! Lock it when you are away from the room or sleeping.
  • When you pack to go to move into the residence hall, leave half of it home!
  • Become involved in clubs and go to all the weekend activities!
  • If the academic adviser provided to you is not in your major or you don't find them all that helpful with your class decisions, it is okay to switch.Just drop by Dr. Mitchell's office in McGraw Hall Room 106.
  • Stay in touch with Mom and Dad. They miss you.
  • Don't worry if you haven't found you best friend or even a group of friends right away, just join some clubs and be friendly. Friendships will fall into place on their own.
  • Make friends in your major and form study groups. My classmates were better than any textbook out there!
  • Pajamas are perfectly acceptable attire for an 8am class. Not so much for a 2pm lecture.
  • Rain boots, trust me they are essential.
  • Have a schedule, and try to stick with it.
  • Make liberal use of disinfectants.
  • Enjoy every minute of college.You will only have four years at EC!