1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know

When I graduated high school, one of my mom’s friends, who also had a daughter in college at the time, gave me a book titled 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know (Like Buying Your Books before Exams Start). I still keep this book on my shelf even though I am more than halfway through college (YES!). I am sharing this with you because it has a lot of helpful tips that I used when preparing for school. After reading through it again, I also realize I should have taken into consideration some of the tips that I didn’t follow.

This is a must read for all ages of college students!

1. You need to know that you’ll have to beat the odds. According to American College Testing (ACT), one in every four college students leaves before completing their sophomore year. And nearly half of all freshmen will either drop out before obtaining a degree, or they’ll leave to complete their degree elsewhere. 

33. You need to know to judge a college based on things like degrees offered, class sizes, proximity to home, campus life, cost, cost, and cost. These things can all be graduation wreckers.

72. You need to know that the nerd in the corner of the library is going to be running a Fortune 500 company one day. Make friends.

100. You need to know that many of the most valuable life lessons will happen far away from the classroom. Lessons like choosing between going to work so you can pay your rent or studying so you can keep your scholarship. They are experiences that forge adulthood.

112. You need to know that the first semester is the hardest.

333. You need to know that your typical work load will include at least one major paper, exam, or lab practical a week.

770. You need to know the anxiety, depression, and anger you feel the first two or three weeks of college has a name: homesickness.

There are also a lot of tips in this book that relate to being lonely. You will make friends in college, but maybe not as quickly as you think. I know some adults who only have friends from college and others with friends from high school. Loneliness is the number one reason students flunk or drop out of school. Take this into consideration when choosing a school across the country with no one you know.

Hope this helps!



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Julian Guevara

April 20, 2012, 8:00 am

All these things will help me in the future. I’m a freshman that needs to consider these things in the long run.