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Five Pieces of Advice for Your First Month of College

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1. Buy a planner.

You might think you can remember all your assignments and your schedule every day, but the truth is you can’t. There will be activities that overlap with classes and assignments due and no one to remind you when to do what.

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2. Call home at least once a week.

If you’re feeling homesick, just remember that your friends and family miss you just as much as you miss them. Or maybe college life is treating you well and you want someone to share it with – it’s always nice to remember where you came from.

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3. Learn to store and reheat leftovers properly.

Bread, sandwiches, roasted or grilled meat, pizza, and fried food reheat well in a toaster oven; rice, pasta, soups, and steamed veggies go in the microwave (add a splash of water and cover it before putting it in); and stir-fries, sautés, stews, and meat can be reheated on the stovetop.

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4. Keep an open mind.

College is a time of exploration. You might never again be surrounded by such an incredibly diverse atmosphere like the one here at Carnegie Mellon, so enjoy it while you can. Meet new people, try different activities, and don’t be afraid to just put yourself out there.

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5. Get off campus.

Go exploring with your new friends. Get lost together. Try all the different restaurants. Not only are you expanding your boundaries outside the confines of campus, but you also get to bond with the people you are spending the next four years of your life with. 

Katrina is a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon majoring in chemical engineering. She loves reading, watching Friends, listening to music, photography, and anything cozy. 
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