Freshman advice from our Assistant News Editor

by Ana Ceballos

Although I’ve made my fair share of mistakes throughout these four years, I like to think of myself as a somewhat experienced college girl. As I enter my fourth year here, I realize how much I’ve learned, which is why I have compiled a list of things every college student should know.

1 Before making your schedule, identify yourself as either a morning or night person. If it is impossible for you to wake up at 7 a.m., don’t take an 8 a.m. class. You will fail and waste $800.

2 Pay attention to your major’s requirements and take them seriously. You don’t want to end up changing your major when you are a senior.

3 Know your advisers and pay them a visit at least twice a year.

4 Study abroad. Sometimes it is cheaper to go abroad than staying in the expensive city of San Diego. It may not change your life, but you will definitely become more open-minded and create lasting memories.

5 The numerous amount of general education courses you are obligated to take can be used to your advantage. Use these courses to double major or minor in something interesting.

6 Get involved. But don’t go nuts and join every single club and organization on campus or you won’t have any time to study. Start with one or two extracurricular activities per semester.

7 Go on dates. Realize in ten years your metabolism won’t be as great and you will get older, so take advantage of your good looks, fall in love and have fun. Just don’t take go overboard and get a bad reputation because it will follow you forever.

8 Know what you are paying for. Your tuition includes free health benefits at the Calpulli Center. Be safe (you know what I mean) and stay healthy!

9 Rent books. Don’t buy them. Buybacks are a rip off.

10 Be wise when choosing roommates. The roommate situation can either bring you the greatest joys or the worst headaches.

11 Embrace change. This is the time to meet new people and possibly create life-long friendships, but people will change and so will you. And of course, don’t forget to be yourself; this is the only time in your life you are allowed to be selfish in order to find yourself.