Inquiring Minds: Advice for college students, from college students

Welcome back to four of the most interesting years of your life. We learn things no matter where we are, but college is an altogether original place for growing.

The Waltonian decided it would be a great public service to cast out some advice to the first-years (and others) on how to make the most out of being a college student. So here it goes.

First, all the human advice in the world could only get you so far. Allow God to lead you in everything you do over your four years at college.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5-6 reads.

If you can learn to sacrifice your will for His, you will find true peace and joy.

Learn to expect that things will not usually work out the way you expected they might. We grow the most from the difficult experiences in life.

Academics, even though that was what universities were originally intended for, are less than half of your experience at college. The rest is a jungle of social and independence issues that take up the rest of your time, and energy.

Get involved in activities to cultivate skills and meet new people. Don’t go home on the weekend too much, you’ll just distance yourself from the rest of campus.

Get some sleep. It’s hard to come by in college sometimes.

Take time to do laundry – although some things, like jeans, can be worn more than once.

Be careful how much money you spend. It goes fast.

Remember how much is being spent for you to be here.

Try not to miss class. If you have a 15 credit course load, skipping a MWF class is equivalent to giving away approximately $54.75. A TR class costs you $82.11 per session and night class is $164.23.

And finally, being at college, we would hope that you learn to love learning.

Inquiring Minds is the collective opinion of the editorial staff and not necessarily representative of the entire staff. It is written by the managing editor and the editor-in-chief.

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