How to Take Care of your Mental Health in College

College will give you some of the best and worst days of your life! Here are some tips to keep you happy (or at least content) through it all!

1. Forget about high school (If it’s worth forgetting)

If you consider high school to be a negative time period for yourself, let go of it! Now is your chance to start fresh with literally everything in your life. There’s nothing stopping you from forgetting about everything and everyone that had to do with high school. But if high school was great, there’s nothing wrong with holding on to those experiences.

 

2. Clean out your “friend” closet

Friends who are anything but positive additions to your life have got to go when you head off to college. Like I said above, now is the perfect time to get rid of the negativity that’s been holding you back.

 

3. Make new friends

Whether you’re staying close to your buddies from high school or starting on a clean slate, make new friends. Add positive vibers to your circle, and let those people bring joy into your life! These are the people you’ll need when college gets tough.

 

4. Don’t overload your schedule, but keep yourself busy

Don’t take 18 credits your first semester, and think twice about joining 10 clubs and working 25 hours a week. You’re asking to be overwhelmed and stressed when those things start to clash. Allow yourself time to be productive and busy every day, but not overwhelmed. You should never be bored, but you should still have that essential free-time to reboost.

 

5. Wake up early!!!

This goes along with going to bed at a decent time. Get a solid night’s sleep, and learn how to be a morning person. Getting out of bed is the hardest part, but you’ll feel good once you stop lying in bed until noon every day. Those habits will only make life worse as you struggle to keep your mental state positive.

 

6. Eat well, feel well

Eat what makes you feel god before and after you eat it! It feels good coming in, helps keep you energized and happy! Don’t stress about the calories, just be mindful that you’re consuming some healthy foods in addition to the extra yummy ones.

 

7. Exercise!!

This doesn’t mean dragging yourself to the gym for an agonizing hour on the elliptical. Find a workout that fuels your energy and makes you happy! Whether its yoga, cycling, swimming, rock climbing, or weight lifting- get moving every day. Your body will thank you for taking care of it.

 

8. Don’t take naps

No matter how tempting- don’t take naps when you should be doing something else. You won’t feel better afterwards. Naps might not always be a bad thing, but they can create crankiness and drowsiness-which contribute to worsening mental health all around.

 

9. Take advantage of the people who are there to help you

Every college should have a resource and counseling center. This is a time in your life where you don’t have to worry about what insurance will cover in terms of your mental health. If you’re feeling unusually anxious, depressed, or just not like yourself- there are people on campus whose sole purpose at the school is to help you. There’s absolutely no reason not to visit these resources, they’re a great safe place for you to seek help or just to talk.

 

10. Call Mom & Dad

Putting aside some time to talk to the people who have loved you through it all will really make a difference. Also, it probably helps with their mental health too.

 

11. Don’t forget to have fun!!

Do things that put a smile on your face. It doesn’t matter what that is as long as it can take the stress away and add positivity to your day.

 

12. Be honest about your mental health to yourself and others

Don’t try to burry your emotions, or pretend they aren’t there. Listen to what your body is telling you; physically and mentally. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not- and you should be taking care of it, or getting help!

 

13. Understand that attitude is (almost) everything

Having a simple, positive attitude can make a world’s difference in how something affects you. Try to go into everything with an open mind, and try to see some benefit in all that college brings to the table. However, if you’re still feeling down no matter how “positive” you try to be, it might be time to ask for help.

 

14. Be SELFISH

College is a time where it is all about YOU. You’re not paying thousands of dollars a year to make sure everyone around you is happy. Do things that benefit YOUR life, and as long as they aren’t bringing other people down, don’t worry about how it affects others. This is the time to invest in your life now and your future.

 

15. Remember that mental health is still a part of being healthy!

As you’ve probably heard before, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. There are doctors that specialize in this legitimate field of medicine. Don’t fall into the stigma that sometimes surrounds these issues. YOU matter, and your mind matters too.

11 of the Easiest Classes at University of Minnesota

As with any list of classes at University of Minnesota, this is strictly opinion. These were all my own experiences or recommended by fellow students. And no, they aren’t all PE courses. This is a list of interesting classes that will teach you something, but are also rumored to be quite easy for most students who take them. Looking for a couple of easier credits to lighten your course load? Look no further.Be sure to also check out the hardest courses at the University of Minnesota

1. PE 1048: Bowling

Not only is this class literally just spent bowling, but it will also help you be a more impressive date. Take them out to the bowling alley after a semester in this class, and you’ll definitely impress.

2. PSY 3666: Human Sexuality

This class covers a wide variety of interesting and relevant topics related to sexuality, including anatomy, hormones, cultural perspectives, and related social issues.

3. CSCL 1001: Introduction to Cultural Studies

This course broadly covers the topic of cultural studies, including examples from “visual arts, music, film, literature, myth, ritual, built environment.”

4. ESPM 2021: Environmental Sciences: Integrated Problem Solving

A team-focused approach to the science of our natural environment, examining real problems and looking for real solutions.

5. ID 3201: Career Planning

The ultimate course to help you learn about jobs, get a job, be good at a job, and not be too stressed, because the class is reportedly easy.

6. ABUS 3051: Career Skills in the Professional Environment

Another course designed to help you succeed in life, but that won’t keep you up all night studying.

7. ESCI 1005: Geology and Cinema

I can vouch for this one. While the subject material is not thrilling, and the tests are relatively hard, the class is a breeze. You spend a day of class every couple weeks just watching a movie on a huge projector. The movies are barely geology related. Not bad at all.

8. ENGW 1101: Introduction to Creative Writing

This is the most basic creative writing class, which covers fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, giving you a chance to try out all three. The lecture portion of the class features author guest speakers and the discussion section is mostly for writing and workshopping. It’s easy, and pretty fun if you like to write.

9. MUS 3400: University and Campus Bands

This is the non-audition version of college band. Meaning, less pressure, and all the fun of playing the instrument that you love in whatever setting works best.

10. ENGL 3023: Children’s Literature

The course description literally lists Red Riding Hood and Harry Potter as examples of course texts. I’m still bitter this class has never fit into my schedule.11. JOUR 4251 – Psychology of Advertising JOUR 4251, the psychology of advertising, is an interesting class that has a lot interesting concepts. The class can be hard and confusing at times but listening and doing the work will go a long way when it comes to being prepared for the tests and projects. They might seem difficult, but with these five study tips, it is easy to earn a good grade. Be sure to also check out 5 study tips for JOUR 4251 at the University of Minnesotamad men marketing GIF

10 of the Hardest Classes at Auburn University

Auburn University is all fun and games until you realize your major requires you to be up at the crack of dawn buried in books that cost you your left leg.

1. PHYS 7400: Statistical Physics

Just the name alone makes you want to run for the hills. The course description doesn’t help either. “Thermodynamic quantities, equilibrium ensembles for classical and quantum systems, fluctuations, phase transitions and critical phenomena” Yeah, no thanks

2. CHEN 7200: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

For the brave souls that choose to be an engineering major let alone a chemical engineer, hats off to you. I would not know the first step of thermodynamic equilibrium and stability or molecular thermodynamics but you gotta do what you gotta do for that career!!

3. CHEM 2090: Organic Chemistry

Ah the infamous Organic Chemistry, turn on any angsty teen movie and the nerds are in some lab discussing the bonds and whatnot of organic chemistry. The name probably turns people away because of reputation but in all honesty, it’s totally doable.

4. Phys 7350: Quantum Mechanics II

Anything with the word “Quantum” in it…bye

5. Math 2630: Calculus III

Vector-valued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integration, vector calculus. It’s Calculus…What more do you expect?

6. ECON 7330 Microeconometrics

As if Microeconomics wasn’t bad enough, what the heck is microeconometrics?? Try saying it 3 times fast.

7. BIOL 6260 – Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics

I’ve always wanted to learn about the acquisition and loss of genes leading to microbial evolution! Oh? What’s that? It’s at 8am too?? PERFECT

8. VMED 9590 – Musculoskeletal System

What happened to normal anatomy?? Do I REALLY have to spend an entire semester memorizing the muscles and skeletal system of mammals?

9. AERO 4720 Aerospace Design II

I’ll give this one some credit, it doesn’t sound too terrible considering it’s part 2 of the introduction to the principle of designing aerospace vehicles, but since when does aerospace vehicle designing fall under the category of “easy”?

10. BIOL 5600 Mammalian Physiology (Biomedical Physiology)

The description for this class literally says an in-depth investigation of the physiology of the major mammalian organ systems. OH JOY!!!

 

10 of the Hardest Classes at Temple University

 Temple University is all fun and games—until you start taking a class that makes you want to bang your head against your bedroom wall. Regardless of your major, it’ll be nearly impossible to make it through your time as an Owl without registering for at least one stressful lecture, lab, or seminar. Here are 10 of the hardest classes at Temple University.

1. ACCT 3533: Advanced Accounting

For starters, the course description includes phrases like “intercompany transactions,” “inter-corporate stock ownership,” and “consolidated financial statements.” If you’re an accounting major, and the simple act of reading these is enough to make you sweat, you may want to reconsider your career goals. Sure, you’ll learn the ins and outs of money exchanges. But can you handle all those dollar signs?

2. AMST 2021: Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Calling all photojournalism majors: this one’s for you. If you just so happen to be a member of the photo-j crowd, then get ready to know more about a specific area of Philly than you’ve ever thought possible. Because Philadelphia Neighborhoods is the major’s capstone course, you’ll be required to spend tons of time in your assigned neighborhood. While there, you and a partner will capture content and create multimedia deliverables. Hope you’re comfortable working with images, videos, and text!

3. ANTH 0825: Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

You’ve probably watched someone try to make a claim without having the numbers to back it up, and you likely listened in as that person struggled to gain support for said claim. The proof is always in the statistical pudding. However, getting the numbers is easier said than done. If you’re a stats whiz, then this class could be a piece of cake. (Apologies for all the dessert references!) Otherwise, you may want to look for a social science class that’s a little less math-heavy.

4. ARTU1101: Introduction to Visual Language, Painting

Let me guess, you’re wondering how an art course landed on this list. A. Tyler classes are no walk in the park (unless your specific class does, indeed, require you to do art in a park), and B. ARTU1101 meets twice each week, for just under 3 ½ hours per session. Those are huge chunks of time, especially when you take the rest of you schedule—others courses, work shifts, club meetings, etc.—into consideration. So yes, painting is hard—and it’s further intensified by the extra course fee you’ll have to pay to take it.

5. BIOL1001: Human Biology

Think all the way back to your high school bio class. Did you pass with flying colors? If not, then Human Biology will throw you for one heck of a scientific loop. You’ll fight to stay afloat as your prof presents PowerPoint after PowerPoint and speed teaches her way through human development, biomolecules, heredity, and other big concepts. In addition to this, you’ll have to prep your stomach for dissection labs. Start strengthening your gut ASAP.

6. CHEM 2201: Organic Chemistry I

Hydrogen, halogens, and hydrocarbons—oh my! In this demanding course, you’ll dive head-first into all three of these. Plus, if you haven’t already done so, you and your class/labmates will discover the delightful world of derivatives. (And yes, I say delightful sarcastically.) Have fun wrapping your head around reaction mechanisms.

7. CJ 3304: Capital Punishment

What makes Capital Punishment challenging? Well, the star subject of the course is one of society’s most debated topics! You’ll learn about the death penalty’s history and applications in the U.S., the prisoners currently on death row, and the opinions that make this type of punishment so controversial. No matter what your position going into the course may be, you’ll come out of it mentally exhausted from the nonstop morality discussions.

8. MATH 1041: Calculus I

Mean Girls taught us that, in some cases, the limit doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, for Calculus I, this isn’t the case. When you sign up for a college calc course, there’s only so much information you’ll be able to gather from your prof. The rest of the material (practice problem sets, lesson reviews, etc.) is yours to master. Your high school math teachers were probably hands-on and available for daily homework help. If you can’t handle this course without a similar level of assistance, then I definitely suggest taking advantage of office hours and study groups.

9. PHYS 2021: General Physics I

My best friend has taken a lot of science classes at Temple. Even with her vast experience, though, she still swears that physics was the most stressful. Your lecture/recitation/lab will put you through the ringer, forcing your brain to become fluent in fluids, mechanics, and energy conservation. You’ll constantly have your face in a book or lab report, and, like my friend, you might find yourself counting the hours until finals.

10. POLS 2496: Introduction to Political Philosophy

For some, the combination of politics and Plato is fun. For others, it’s anything but. If you’re easily frustrated by today’s political issues, then adding in the heavy texts of Hobbes, Marx, and other philosophers will only make your heart pound even faster. What’s more? Intro to Political Philosophy is a capstone writing course. That means lengthy class discussions and never-ending term papers.

Choose your classes wisely, Owls!

10 of The Easiest Classes at Auburn University

1. HADM 2100 Medical Terminology

Don’t let the word “medical” turn you away, this course skims only the most basic prefixes, suffixes, and roots of terms related to the healthcare field.

2. ADED 4650 TEACHING THE DISADVANTAGED ADULT

I personally did take this class and it was never a dull day learning. Sure, you could read   book after book on the subject but why would you do that when you could blindfold your classmates, spin them around in a chair, and make them take a sobriety test with dried peas in their shoes??

3. CTEE 3100 INTRODUCTION TO ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

“Knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for elementary education, with emphasis on professional expectations” I’ll leave it at that

4. KINE 1100 WELLNESS 

I finished this class in 2 weeks…the entire semester’s worth of work. Done.

5. MDIA 2350 INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES

Do you ever want to watch movies everyday in class?

6. NTRI 2000 NUTRITION AND HEALTH

You’re studying what food is healthy and what isn’t… I think we all know the answers deep down

7. PHED 1003 ACTIVE AUBURN

You get class credit for wearing a knockoff fitbit. That’s all!! Your weekly steps is all the class is looking for.

8. CTRD 1000 CRITICAL READING

Learn strategies of how to read to be able to find the main-idea claim of the author. You’ve been doing this for most your life(I hope)

9. LBAR 1010 ORIENTATION TO LIBERAL ARTS

“What do you want to do with your life?”

“I don’t know”

PERFECT TAKE THIS CLASS!

10. MUSI 2730 APPRECIATION OF MUSIC

Must I explain? You’ll probably be required to take this for prerequisites anyways, at least it’s easy.

10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

1. Mailroom

Being in the mailroom is awesome! Lots of students will have a movie set up on their laptop in their or be working on school assignments. Every so often a student will come by to drop off a letter or request a package, but other than that, it’s a pretty quiet gig! You get really lucky if it’s in your dorm building as well.10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

2. Library Assistant

If you like keeping to yourself or being around books, this is a sweet job. Most of it involves shelving books, so you get to know your way around Homer Babbage and because it’s in the center of campus, it’s not too far from classes, which makes it easy to get to. If you get lonely, you can be sure to find other staff members on every floor.10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

3. Department Administrative Assistant

Every major has a department and department office where staff and professors have their offices. If you can get a job as an administrative assistant there, it can be very helpful in connecting you with professors in your major. This comes along handy when you need research positions or recommendations. Admin assistants usually help students set up meetings, answer phone calls, and run general errands in the office.10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

4. Herdsman

Working in the barns at UConn can be great if you like working with animals. Most jobs involve cleaning out stalls or feeding, but it’s great experience, especially for Animal Science majors. Even if you’re not, it’s great to be able to hang out with all the baby sheep, pig, horses, cows, and chickens in the spring!10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

5. Concessions Supervisor

This job can have long hours, but is super worth it. As a concessions supervisor, you basically just make sure the volunteers that are working the game stands are on task, which gives you time to go watch the games, for free! This is especially awesome during basketball season. You also get your pick of leftover pretzels and burgers when the game is over.10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

6. Dining Hall Operator

This job can be tiresome, but easy. It sucks when you have to wash dishes, but that’s probably the hardest part. The rest is pretty much just cleaning tables or swiping student ID’s when they come in. It’s also really convenient if you live at the dining hall you’re operating.  10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

7. CSD Notetaker

This job is helpful for you and those you’re serving. You basically just take really nice notes for the classes you’re already taking and upload them for students on campus with disabilities. The pay is great and it really helps you learn the material as well. Not to mention, super easy if you’re relatively organized.10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

8. Bus Driver

Unfortunately, due to accidents in the past, the job is now only open to graduate students. If you do qualify, it’s an easy job. You take lessons on how to drive the UConn Bus Shuttles, and then off you go, around the campus for a couple of hours a week. Great job if you like to drive or don’t want anything to mentally demanding.10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

9. Research Position

If you need experience in your field or major, there’s nothing like helping a professor with research in that field. Best part, you get paid to be their assistant, on top of gaining experience and knowledge. This is super helpful if you need to apply for a job or grad school after college, but usually only lasts one semester, so it’s not long term work.10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

10. Resident Assistant

Being a dorm hall RA can be demanding work. You are responsible for the students on your floor and have to keep up with meetings and being on duty. But it has a ton of perks. You get your own room, all paid for, plus a stipend for the semester! You can also unleash your creative side by decorating doors and bulletin boards and planning fun events for your floor.10 Of The Best Jobs at UConn

15 Tips for Incoming UW Madison Freshmen

Freshman year is the time to make new friends, make memories, and most of all make mistakes. It’s pretty scary to get thrown into college life at a huge university with barely any idea of what to do. Luckily, here are some tips that will help you survive your first year at UW-Madison.

1. Don’t Be Afraid to be Awkward

When you first arrive at college, prepare for some awkwardness. You’re in a new place with new people…and nobody really knows what the heck is going on. Although it may be hard to get the hang of things, just know that you will meet people and find your place, even if it’s awkward at first.

2. Talk to Your Counselor

Signing up for classes at SOAR is one of the most stressful experiences you’ll go through as a freshman, so you’ll want as much help as you can get. Make your counselor your best friend at student orientation, and meet with them frequently throughout the year to stay on track. You may not have your life figured out yet, but luckily for you, they do.

3. Get Involved

The college experience is so much more than just academics. Getting involved on campus is the best way to build your resume and meet new people. Whether it be an intramural sport or a student organization, UW has something for everybody. I mean, who wouldn’t want to join the Madison Cheese Club?

4. Don’t Skip Class…Too Often

While you may be tempted to sleep through that early morning lecture, just know that skipping class is costing you valuable time and money. If you seriously can’t help skipping, at least check the class syllabus in advance so you know what you’re missing. That way you’ll feel a little bit better as you hit “snooze” for the 10th time in a row.

5. Go To Office Hours

Going to office hours may be the most intimidating part of a class, but it is definitely the most rewarding. Go to office hours during the first weeks of school to meet your professor. It might be awkward at first, but developing a good relationship with a teacher is extremely beneficial. You never know when you’re going to need a letter of recommendation.

6. Stay Organized

In college, there’s no one to remind you when assignments are due, so it’s up to you to be independent and organized. Staying on top of your classwork is key to having a successful first year at college. Your planner will be your lifesaver.

7. Get To Know Your Hall

Getting to know your floormates is such a fun part of living in the freshman year dorms. There’s nothing better than living next door to some of your closest friends! Becoming friends with your floor will also make those trips to the showers wearing nothing but a towel a little less awkward.

8. Actually Go to the Gym

You have a FREE membership at your university gym, so take advantage of it! The Freshman 15 is all too real, so get moving! Fortunately, UW has many great facilities and workout classes to keep you motivated. You gotta burn off the calories from Babcock ice cream somehow.

9. Don’t Feel Pressured About Your Major

Maybe you’re coming into college with your major already decided. Or, if you’re like me, you’re coming into college with no idea what you want to do. While you want to stay on track to graduate, there’s no use stressing about your major this early. Chances are, you’ll probably change your mind a few times.

10. Talk to Your Parents

Remember them? Those people that raised you for the past 18 years? Yeah, well, they probably miss you a lot. And you probably miss them too. Call or Facetime your parents often and update them about your life. A call home will never fail to give you the support you need to make it through the day.

11. Keep Track of Your Money

The rumors are true: college kids are broke. You may not realize how much you’re spending, but all of those trips to Chipotle add up. Try to keep track of how much money you’re making and spending per month to avoid a lot of stress. You may think you need that new college sweatshirt, but I promise that you need textbooks even more.

12. Know Your Limits

If you decide to drink in college, there’s a lot to learn. Ease into the party scene, and try to find your limit. College is a time to party and let loose, but it’s also important to be responsible. Nobody wants to be known as that person who got too drunk and yacked all over themselves at the party.

13. Talk to Your Roommate

You don’t have to be best friends with your freshman year roommate, but you do have to talk to each other. Make an effort to be friendly, and the whole experience will be a lot more enjoyable. However, if something is bothering you, speak up! After all, it is your room too.

14. Try to Learn Some Adult Skills

Freshman year is basically your first step into adulthood, and with age comes responsibility. Learning how to do things like cooking and laundry may be boring, but they’re an important part of growing up. Spoiler alert: you’ll probably have to call your mom and ask her how to do laundry (or at least I did).

15. Make the Most of Freshman Year!

Freshman year happens way too quickly, so don’t let it pass you by. Take advantage of every opportunity, and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Learn from every mistake and appreciate every moment.Even if you follow all of this advice, chances are you’ll still make mistakes. And that’s okay! While it may be one of the hardest years of college, it is also one of the best. You’re only a freshman once, so live it up while you can.

10 of The Hardest Classes at VCU

Whether you take this list as a warning or a challenge is up to you. Here are 10 of the Hardest Classes at VCU!

1. PHIS 309 – Quantitative Physiology

This class analyzes the processes that your body undergoes to keep you alive, but ironically most people that take it say it feels like death.

2. PSYC 410 – Principles of Learning and Cognition.

How am I supposed to learn about treating people who need help with learning when I still don’t even know what I’m learning or how to learn?

3. CMSC 246 – Advanced Programming Using C++

Advanced computer programming? Binary trees? Coding? I still have a Star Wars CD stuck in my laptop from last week.

4. MATH 401 – Introduction to Abstract Algebra

The description for this course reads “An introduction to groups, rings and fields from an axiomatic point of view. Coset decomposition and basic morphisms.”

5. EGMN 103 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

This course covers topics like reverse engineering, so if you’re bored of regular old engineering, this class is for you!!

6. BIOL 402 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

You can’t be spineless if you want to pass this course. (Anyone? No? Okay.)

7. CMSC 401 – Algorithm Analysis with Advanced Data Structures

“Height-balanced trees, B-trees, hashing and graph representation; incorporating data structures into object-oriented design. Analysis of various searching and sorting algorithms. Algorithm design topics include divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming and greedy methods.” If you even know how to explain what this class is about, you probably should be taking it.

8. PHIL 201 – Critical Thinking About Moral Problems

For those of you who can’t stop thinking about all the current issues in the world: now you can take TESTS on them!

9. BIOL 450 – Biology of Cancer

This class is literally about curing cancer. If you wanted to aim higher than this, I don’t know what to tell you.

10. PORT 101 – Elementary Portuguese

Just because I bet you don’t speak Portuguese.

10 Tips to Survive Freshman Year at UNC Chapel Hill

Freshman Year could be the most exciting year but also the hardest year in your university life. The whole process of getting used to it and making new friends could be hard, but don’t worry! Here are 10 Tips to Survive Freshman Year at UNC Chapel Hill!

1. Breathe

Freshman year will start before you know it, enjoy your summer as much as you can. Do not get too caught up in fantasies about your room, or your roommate, or even the potential partners you may make—enjoy your last summer as a “kid”.

2. Do not rush into a major

Your interests will change. It is helpful to have an idea of what you want to do, but do not be afraid to steer away from your plans. Do not be composed by this to do list—open up your mind to new things. College will allow you to find your niche and eventually your major.

3. Plan your schedule accordingly

Although there are requirements for the types of courses that you must take in order to obtain your degree, you are free to choose which courses within these requirements you would like to take. For example, there is a general education requirement that must be a “Literary Art”. There are dozens of classes within a variety of departments and topics that can fulfill this requirement so make a selection that will feed your interests. College should be interesting.

4. Build amicable relationships with professors

Professors love to be helpful. They may be somewhat intimidating at first but most have your best interest at heart. A lot of professors are very passionate about their work and sometimes may not communicate the lessons very well. It is essential that you speak to them about any questions you may have and even attend office hours. Building relationships with your professors opens you up to potential mentors and recommendation letters.

5. Participate in extra-curricular activities

Just because you are no longer in high school, it should not mean that you should not participate in activities that you like. So, you weren’t asked to play on the varsity volleyball, there are still competitive teams such as club volleyball or intramural volleyball. There are thousands of clubs and organization on campus that are looking for passionate students to join. The university is filled with outlets to continue your interests or to spark new ones. Go out and explore!

6. Party wisely

Parties are the second biggest aspect of college that many people talk about. Wild nights out during the semester are often spoken about when conversing with college students and graduates. However, they do not detail the importance of being safe when in these environments. It is easy to get carried away and forget why you are in college and parties are big proponents of this. If you do to choose to attend them, pay close attention to your surroundings.

7. Find a person or group of people who will have your best interest at heart

The university is huge and it can be hard to attempt to tackle it on your own. Reach out to people. Ask upperclassmen questions. Do not be shy to put yourself out there because the people who are willing to help are usually the friends you connect with the most.

8. Find a study space

UNC is a lot of work. It is great to have a space where you feel you can concentrate on your work without any constant distractions. My study space is my room but for a lot of my friends it is at a random desk in the undergraduate libraries. Find your spot and stick with it.

9. Snack wisely

There are so many outlets for quick and easy food that sometimes it seems much more simple to order a pizza than it is to buy fruits at the local grocery stores. Eat out sparingly because the pounds will begin to add up. Do not feel that you must eat out because you do not have access to grocery stores or food markets. The local bus systems will take you anywhere you need to, and most of them are free!

10. Use your money wisely

Unless you are a student with a super secure job—do not spend your money any and everywhere. Those blue jeans that you are dying to have will always be there but that fee you owe the university cannot always be there. Not paying student fees will bar you from registering or even getting your diploma. Spending your many anyhow also limits the amount of money that have to be used for your necessities. Running to your parents for money on a constant basis will get tiring—use your resources wisely.

10 of the Hardest Classes at ECU

Want to avoid death by homework? Trying to find a class to push back until senior year? Read this list and you will know the hardest classes here! Here I present you, 10 of the Hardest Classes at ECU!

1. CHEM 2750 – Organic Chemistry

Carbon containing compounds, properties, composition and reactions. Does any of this sound enjoyable?

2. CHEM 2770 – Biochemistry

You have to take it for medical school, but still gross.

3. PHYS 2350 – University Physics

The average GPA for this class is 1.67

4. PHYS 4416 – Modern Physics

Want to learn the ways scientists make physics even more complicated? Then this is the class for you!

5. MATH 1065 – Algebra

The subject isn’t hard, but keeping up with a whole class online and not fying of boredom is hard.

6. FINA 2244 – Legal Environment of Business

Trying to read the news is hard enough, but figuring out legality by yourself is just hard

7. POLS 1010 – National Government

Politics are uncomfortable and complex, but maybe this information will be useful someday

8. MATH 2119 – Elements of Calculus

Calculus seems harmless right? The GPA would say otherwise (1.60)

9. MATH 2151 – Engineering Calculus

Math, math, math. To be an engineer, this is a necessary evil.

10. ECON 3144 – Intermediate Microeconomics

The economy is complicated, but this class is even worse.