Fifteen Tips Not Fifteen Pounds
From my two months at Hopkins I’ve learned a lot! Below is a list of fifteen tips that I know will help you survive college.
Since the title of this blog is “Fifteen Tips Not Fifteen Pounds,” you would think that nowhere on it would be a suggestion to eat an unlimited amount of food – and you’d be right. Rather, I’m suggesting you take advantage of being able to swipe in and out of the Fresh Food Café (FFC) as many times as you want.
2. The gym is your friend
Please make time in your busy schedule to go to the gym. Not only is it good for your body (getting swole and making mad gainz), it is also refreshing. After a busy morning of classes, rather than napping for an hour, jog for ten minutes. Trust me, you will feel fresher than ever.
3. Ask for help!
Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t understand something. College is a completely different experience from high school, and it’s perfectly okay to feel lost and confused. Hopkins is a community, and there are so many people who are willing to help you (myself included). All you have to do is ask.
4. Meet people during orientation
Oftentimes people say that the people you meet during O-week don’t end up
being your friends afterwards because they aren’t in the same classes as you. This is NOT true. In fact, I met my closest friends during orientation!5. Calendars are helpful
In high school it was easy for me to quickly scribble down homework assignments; I never needed an agenda to help me manage my time. In college however, I’ve found that setting up an online calendar (iCal or Google Calendar) is a life saver!
6. Not tryna 8 a.m.
This tip is for those of you who aren’t morning people (I sure as heck am not). Do not schedule classes early in the morning if you know you won’t be able to wake up for or will have trouble staying awake during them. Don’t assume that having early classes will naturally make you an early riser.7. Covered grades are a gift
At Hopkins, freshmen are blessed with having their grades covered for the first semester. This means that only YOU see those grades. Take advantage of this by registering for classes in areas that you have yet to explore. This way if you don’t do so well, you won’t sweat it!
8. Read your textbooks
No matter how comfortable you are with your notes from lectures, you NEED to read your class’ textbook. I learned this the hard way, but oftentimes there is information in the chapter that your professor just did not have time to cover in class.9. Nap when you can (not in class)
Sleep is love, but it doesn’t help you to sleep during class. Know your daily schedule, and find time to take short power naps. This way you will feel wide awake when you need to be and asleep when you don’t.10. Go to office hours
I find that after lecture, I always have questions that are unanswered. Going to my professors’ office hours is the best way to clarify some of the concepts. In the case that you’re a genius, I would still recommend going to office hours to have a relaxed conversation with your professor.
11. Reach out – peers, professors, and upperclassmen
As a newbie on campus, I don’t think it’s fair to expect that people will come to you. With a little effort on your part (introducing yourself to the people you meet) you will find that there are some really interesting students and faculty on campus who can answer your questions and help you get adjusted to college life.
12. Your social life is important too
While academics are very important at Hopkins, you should never feel imprisoned by your schoolwork. Take some time off, go to the many events hosted by student groups on campus, and reflect on how far you have come since the start of the year.
13. Embrace the lack of a core curriculum
At Hopkins there is no set of classes that students are required to take. Instead, there are a certain number of distribution requirements which allow students to explore classes outside of their majors.
14. Get involved!
Baltimore is a great city with interesting neighborhoods filled with unique people. I encourage everyone to burst the Hopkins bubble and explore these parts of the city. You may learn more from exploring than you have in class!