16 School Advice From Grad Students

How to make it in school...

Advice is always good to listen to, whether it's free or paid for. Because in the end, even a fool has been known to spit out golden advice once in awhile, especially after he or she has made so many mistakes and suffered so much embarrassment. But when you can get some great advice from your peers who are going through, or have gone through just what you are going through and made it out ok, then you best listen. And so when it comes to going to school, or attending college, or being a university student, you have enough on your plate to drive you to drink everyday; between the crazy classes you must take, between the narcissistic teachers you must listen to, and between the weird friends you meet there, then you best learn how to navigate your way around campus. And it is because of this great necessity that I am sharing with you today these 16 School Advice From Grad Students, who have been where you are and have made it out of the school system. And now they are trying their best to make it easy on you by helping you to navigate this crazy world of higher learning... So Let's See: 
How to make it in school

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1. Don’t worry about being the best in the class.

Don't worry about being the best in the class.
Courtesy of Mandy Caruso
“In college, you have four years of learning how to be the best in the workforce ahead of you.”
—Mandy Caruso, Parsons the New School for Design, 2012

2. Do things that build your résumé.

Do things that build your résumé.
Courtesy of Chris Dignes
“Working your way toward becoming head of the college radio station is cool and all, but no one’s going to care when it’s finally on your résumé — get a durn summer internship.”
—Chris Dignes, College of the Holy Cross, 2008

3. Use all the resources you have in school.

Use all the resources you have in school.
Courtesy of Ashley Baccam
“You can print stuff for free, so do that. You also have access to all the academic articles in the world. Access them, learn something — ANYTHING — that interests you.”
—Ashley Baccam, Grinnell College, 2010

4. You may not meet your friend soulmate right away, and that’s OK.

You may not meet your friend soulmate right away, and that's OK.
Courtesy of Jana Pollack
“Don’t worry if the people you meet right away aren’t your friend soulmates. You will find them.”
—Jana Pollack, University of Vermont, 2008

5. Apply for scholarships.

Apply for scholarships.
Courtesy of James Lamon
“Apply for whatever you are eligible for to make money. Treat it like a part-time job. Then graduate with cash in the bank or less debt.”
—James Lamon, University of Texas, 2012

6. Take some useful electives.

Take some useful electives.
Courtesy of Anne Louise Korallus-Shapiro
“Take courses like graphic design or coding. Try not to waste all of them on basket weaving.”
—Anne Louise Korallus-Shapiro, Skidmore College, 2012

7. Don’t spread yourself too thin.

Don't spread yourself too thin.
Courtesy of Julie Rosing
“You will want to get involved in everything on campus, but you don’t have to do it all. Make sure you’re giving quality time to the things you really care about.”
—Julie Rosing, University of Cincinnati, 2007

8. Apply for research grants.

Apply for research grants.
Courtesy of Angela Wang
“They are basically giving you free money for you to pursue your interests with very few constraints.”
—Angela Wang, Northwestern University, 2012


9. Study abroad.

Study abroad.
Courtesy of Lily Antflick
“Definitely do a study abroad or exchange program. If you can’t afford it, seek out scholarships to make it happen.”
—Lily Antflick, McGill University, 2009

10. “Get an on-campus job.”

"Get an on-campus job."
Courtesy of Tara Parian
“Also, try to eat only two slices of pizza, not the whole box. Boom. Freshman 15 solved.”
—Tara Parian, University of Tampa, 2008

11. It’s OK to change your major.

It's OK to change your major.
Courtesy of Kimberly Fellman
“Don’t worry if you’re not 100% set on your major. It’s OK to change it if you hate it, and your career might not even have anything to do with what you studied in college.”
—Kimberly Fellman, University of Tampa, 2006

12. Talk to your professors.

Talk to your professors.
Courtesy of Leslie Rodriguez
“Stay after class to talk to your teachers about how much you enjoy their lectures. When you ask them for letters of recommendation they’ll hook you up.”
—Leslie Rodriguez, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 2009

13. Save your costumes.

Courtesy of Kristin Rossi
“You know that lobster costume from freshman year? You’re going to need it again senior year, so save it.”
—Kristin Rossi, University of Connecticut, 2009

14. Start to learn that friends can be family.

Start to learn that friends can be family.
Courtesy of Victoria Glerum
“Don’t always call your parents when you are sad or stressed. This will set you up for a lifetime of them cringing every time you call. Lean on your friends.”
—Victoria Glerum, Colgate University, 2009

15. Don’t schedule classes based on aspiration.

Don't schedule classes based on aspiration.
Courtesy of Eric Sams
“You’re not going to make it to that 8 a.m. on Mondays half the time. You’re just not.”
—Eric Sams, Ohio University, 2006

16. Make friends, have fun. Everybody there is in the same boat.

Make friends, have fun. Everybody there is in the same boat.
Courtesy of Casey Cline
“Everyone is young and stupid and no one knows what they’re doing. Don’t be so scared and timid. Even the big, bad seniors are only 22. Babies.”
—Casey Cline, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2008
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