by Franklin Bains
At the start of the school year, most first-year students have questions about how to begin. And while the wording may vary, the basic answer among graduate students is constant: college is about time management.
Lauren Stewart, a graduate student in the Sociology program, had a central point of returning to the basics.
“My biggest advice is to do your reading,” Stewart said.
A major problem she cited was when students didn’t read their given passages, then came to class and sat on Facebook throughout. Although Stewart identified studiousness as a key to success in college, she recognized the social element as an important one.
“You’ve got to have a social life; if you don’t, you’re just going to drive yourself mad,” she said. “Just don’t come to class hungover.”
Economics grad student Logan Lee agrees with the definite need for a social life and sees a practical way to achieve that.
“There’s certainly enough time (during Freshman year),” Lee said. “Maybe cut out 6 hours of television a day … Whenever you’re by yourself and not studying; cutting that stuff out would be really beneficial.”
He added that Freshman year is a great opportunity to meet new people, encouraging students entering the University that simply leaving your door open can be an easy way to find other people with similar interests.
Another Economics grad student, Gulcan Cil, had similarly simple advice for students starting class this year.
“Students underestimate the importance of attending class,” she said. “You have to take some initiative … Nobody is going to tell you what you’re supposed to do.”
All three agreed on that central idea of balancing your time wisely. Lee said his biggest issue as an undergraduate was staying on top of his workload. But sometimes, it’s all about keeping the stress level low.
“Stress is a big part of college, so talk to people … (but) it’s amazing what can happen if you actually get a good night’s sleep and eat some decent food every now and then,” Stewart said.