I can’t believe I’m already in my second semester at Suffolk University in Boston. I feel like I just graduated high school last week.
My living situation was crazy in the sense that I live in a suite with four other roommates and when you throw five girls who don’t know each other in one room together, there’s gonna be problems. Girls can be cruel and fight about anything. One of my roommates ended up moving out and another barely ever comes home. But I ended up becoming best friends with my other two roommates so everything worked out in the end.
I’ve learned a lot along the way and I hope some of my experiences can help prospective students, confused about where to go.
1. Figure out whether or not you are a commuting or a dorming type of student.
Dorming and going away to college isn’t for everyone. A lot of people like to commute to school from home because it is usually cheaper than paying for housing and because it also gives you more time to do other things at home like keeping a job.
Personally, I decided to give dorming a try because I was ready to live on my own for a while. And it does have its ups and downs sometimes but I’m loving it.
2. Get in your applications as soon as possible!
When I was applying for college, I got all my applications in really really early. And guess what? I got accepted into all of them. Sending in applications long before the deadline really does help.
3. Pick a school you know you’re gonna LOVE.
If you already know what you want to major in, that’s great! First look at schools that have great programs for your major. And then after that, that’s when you start looking for schools in the location you love, tuition, population, and all that fun stuff.
4. Surround yourself with people who are going to make you happy.
College is a fresh start and an opportunity to meet new people. Don’t become friends with certain people just because you want to be “cool.” Then you’ll just end up trying to impress your “friends” all the time when in reality, you should just be yourself around true friends.
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Well it’s that time of year again. Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte has been replaced by the Caramel Brûlée Latte, Christmas music is blaring out of store speakers, and oh yeah it’s cold. So take a time out from dropping subtle hints to your mom, and check out this holiday gift guide for the music lover on your Christmas shopping list. From the new iPod nano, and Beats headphones to concert tickets, you’re sure to find something for whomever, whether they are 10 years old or 55.
1. O.N.I.F.C. Wiz Khalifa, Amazon, $15
Wiz Khalifa’s much delayed and much anticipated sophomore album dropped on Dec. 4. This is the perfect gift for that friend who still sings “Black & Yellow” all the time. You can pre-order it on iTunes and Amazon.
2. iPod Touch Vintage Moustache case, Etsy, $15
So maybe you don’t know what kind of music this person is into, but you know they like moustaches and have an iPod Touch. Behold, the perfect gift.
3. Layla Rose Gold Headphones, The Fancy, $201
If you’re itching to shell out a couple of hundred bucks, but the person on your list is a trend-setter rather than a follower, then consider these gorgeous headphones instead of the Beats. They also come in silver and black.
4. Carbon Audio Zooka Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Best Buy, $100
Give the gift of better sound with this wireless and affordable speaker, compatible with select iOS, Android, webOS, Windows 7 and QNX devices.
5. Collegiate Turntable by Crosley, Urban Outfitters, $161
Your DJ friend will love this vintage, portable, easily store-able turntable. It comes in blue and pink.