‘Incoming Freshmen Series’ Posts

Incoming Freshmen Series: How to Stop Networking Like a Freshman

em>Not THAT type of network. Photo courtesy of cogdogblog. Licensed under CC BY-2.0.This is the fifth and final post of the Incoming Freshmen Series. Read our introduction and our first post on stylesecond post on finance, third post on partying, and our fourth post on studying for more information.

In high school, I was a superstar. Not to brag, but the awful high school experience many were glad to escape by entering college wasn't one I experienced. I was elected homecoming king, served as senior class president, and did well academically. I had more friends than I could count, a successful part-time job, and at one time, I considered going to college closer to home so I can continue my social, economic, and all-around success.

But I didn't. Because I knew that college was different from high school. I could still pursue the activities I loved - like student government - but the roles and responsibilities were different. My college was 10x larger than my high school, which still boasted a respectable 5000+ kids. In no way would I know 20% of the University of Florida like I knew 20% of my high school.

And with that, the environment changed. There was no Smokey Bones in Gainesville, so I had to start looking for work, and work that would actually benefit me instead of just a paycheck. I was building the resume for my life now - not just one to turn in for an assignment. Below the jump are some tips to help make the transition from networking with friends and colleagues in high school to networking for life in college.

Incoming Freshmen Series: How to Stop Studying Like a Freshman

em>Study smarter. Not harder. Flickr photo courtesy of Sterlic. Licensed courtesy of CC BY-SA 2.0.This is the fourth post of the Incoming Freshmen Series. Read our introduction and our first post on stylesecond post on finance, and third post on partying for more information, and stay tuned this week for our upcoming posts.

If you were a student like I was in my high school, I kept going to classes that were meant to "prepare me for college". AP classes, IB classes, PSAT, ACT, and SAT prep classes, to name a few. The daily lecture from my teachers always included on why we were doing so much work because this is what college was like. I'm sure many of my fellow HackCollegers were in similar classes, and some of our newest readers too.

Then, we got to college and found out it was a little different. The busywork we often were given in high school had disappeared in favor of semi-weekly or even daily lectures and the nightly homework is often replaced with papers, exams, lab and discussion sections, and occasional homework. 

The majority of the freshmen I know are taking classes like Plants, Plagues, and People and Man's Food, right now, which just requires showing up a few times a week and turning in an assignment or two and passing. There are classes like that at every college, but I'm not going to speak on them. If you can't pass EASY 101, then there's a much more serious problem then your study habits. College is a different animal - a brand of learning meant for the more experienced learner. Below are some tips on how to study smarter not more.

Incoming Freshmen Series: How To Stop Partying Like a Freshman

an class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable">This isn't your momma's party anymore. Photo courtesy of decafinata. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.This is the third post of the Incoming Freshmen Series. Read our introduction and our first post on style and second post on finance for more information, and stay tuned this week for our upcoming posts.

What better day to talk about partying on Wasted Wednesday? For most freshmen, alcohol is a foreign object. It'd be naive to pretend partying doesn't happen in high school, but it's certainly a different breed. There are much more people who drink in college, partially because Mom and Dad aren't over their shoulder, and usually because those who are legally able to drink become legally able while they are in college.

Partying is an odd animal - unlike style or spending, having experience partying pre-college is actually a detriment. In fact, high school partying is a close cousin of partying like a freshman - the intentions are not to enjoy the company of friends and others while enjoying a nice adult beverage, it's get as blitzed as quickly as possible. The more you don't remember, the better your night was. Total freshman move.

In large schools like mine, reputation doesn't spread as quickly as it does in high school. But if you were that kid who passed out in the quad and was woken up by the University Police that one night, it probably won't be the best way to start college. After the jump, there's tips on how to start your college experience on the right foot while partying - the right way.

Incoming Freshmen Series: How To Stop Spending Like a Freshman

an class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable">Hopefully you'll have more than just $2. Photo courtesy of Molly DG. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.This is the second post of the Incoming Freshmen Series. Read our introduction and our first post on style for more information, and stay tuned this week for our upcoming posts.

If your college experience was anything like mine, it was like hitting the big time. I didn't work in high school until my senior year, and those last few months were torturous knowing college was on the horizon - especially when some of my friends were already there. So when my parents told me they'd provided a monthly allowance for me, I was pumped. Granted, I needed to pay for food, but I finally had money of my own to spend as I pleased, without someone breathing down my back.

College is a brilliant place where some bright lights never burn out - especially those of Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, and McDonald's. Not to mention those late night diner runs and bar runs. Whether you're up late studying or partying, there's always late-night pizza in the back of your mind. Food is just the beginning - not to mention costs for entertainment like sports packages, HBO, Netflix (price hikes and all), and of course those fun random road trips. College is a beautiful place, but damn, can it be expensive.

Let's not forget to mention those credit card scams and companies who live to prey on college students. It's a hard world out there for a college student trying to practice frugality, but it can be done. After the jump, some tips on keeping your hard-earned (or not-so-hard-earned) dinero in your wallet.

Incoming Freshmen Series: How to Stop Looking Like A Freshman

em>This is the first post of the Incoming Freshmen Series. Read our introduction for more information, and stay tuned this week for our upcoming posts.

Your author, guilty of the charge of looking like a freshman. Photo owned by author.

Like many of those who are have just started or are about to start their freshman year, my orientation is still fresh in my memory. Though the details are foggy, I remember the general outline of the schedule and unfortunately, I remember what I was wearing. I was decked out in a Florida Gators hat that has since gone missing, a Florida Gators T-shirt, a black-and-orange lanyard and a pair of gym shorts, as you can see in the picture to your right.

At UF, the freshmen used to wear special caps. Thankfully, those days are over, but there are still ways to spot the freshmen a mile away just from what they choose to wear.

At the time, I didn't see a problem with it. I was representing my school and wearing what I felt comfortable in. After my first year, I realized why the upperclassmen were snickering as I roamed the halls during my Preview orientation session.

Read on after the jump to see what I was doing wrong, and how to fix it.

Incoming Freshmen Series: Introduction

Make this your best s-t-a-r-t yet. Photo courtesy of Flickr user . Licensed under CC-BY 2.0It’s just like the first day of kindergarten all over again. Your parents drop you off, there’s an emotional (sometimes tearful) goodbye, and the brave new educational world stands before you. Granted, it’s not a perfect parallel – there’s the ...