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Welcome back!
School is here. Soon we will all be spending a ridiculous amount on books, swimming through syllabi, and pushing our way through crowds on campus.
This will be my senior year and there are some things I wish someone would have told me when I was starting.
Freshmen, you can thank me later.

  • Books are not always necessary. Wait till you start class to figure out how badly you will need a book. Then look at all the ways to get books. Amazon.com sells discounted versions. It also might be worth it to split it with someone. Then you have the added perk of having an instant study partner.
  • Parking is ridiculous on campus. Save yourself the hassle and find an alternate way to school. Parking passes don’t guarantee you parking. Searching for a spot will cause endless amounts of unnecessary anxiety and frustration.
  • Time management skills are a must. I don’t know how many times I have wanted to pull my hair out because I thought I could wait till the end to do everything. Get a planner and map out your time.
  • Stilettos on campus are silly. Not only is it hard to walk on the sidewalk, you will be gossiped about. Everyone knows the girl who shows up to her eight o’clock in patent leather pointed toe stilettos is the new kid on the block.
  • Boys in college are not necessarily marriage material. Every guy you meet will not be Mr. Right. You will make a lot of mistakes, but learn from those. Be strong and independent and don’t let college guys intimidate you into getting your way. If you don’t feel comfortable with a guy, trust that feeling and get yourself out of there. Better to have a reputation of being on the prude, hard to get side than being the girl who give into everything.
  • And finally, make school a priority. This isn’t high school. You don’t have to be here. In fact, you (or your parents) paid good money for you to be here. Enjoy it. Take advantage of it. Work hard. You are literally preparing for the rest of your life.

Have a great year everyone!

Alyse is a senior at the University of Montana with a journalism major. She was born and raised in the small town of Dillon, Montana. When not busy with school, Alyse likes to enjoy the beautiful mountains of Montana. In addition to volunteering with Her Campus, Alyse also volunteers at the YWCA by leading support groups for domestic violence and sexual assualt survivors. After graduation, Alyse wants to explore the field of journalism in a warm and sunny climate.
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