by Paige Williams
ii.Orientation crew will still be excited about new students, and excited to be part of the crew.
ii.Don’t let your parents pick your classes.
iii.Everyone is different, if you think you can’t do it without your parents don’t hesitate to bring them along.
ii.This is also a great time to finish up homework for the afternoon class that you were too tired to finish the night before. (I have never finished an assignment ten minutes before class started, wink, wink.)
iii.Perfect time for that mid day nap if you live in the dorms.
ii.My best advising has come from older students with the same major, and they will tell you exactly what professors to take by there experience, most advisors will tell you all the professors are great (News Flash: They aren’t).
ii.Write out you plan to graduate and try to sprinkle blow out classes throughout your hard semester so you don’t go crazy.
iii.No sleep, enough said.
ii.I am taking Political Science online currently and I have worked a total of approximately 1 hour on it and I’m done with about 3 lessons.
ii.I have never ordered a book online, I would probably have a mental breakdown, but I have seen others who have and nothing is worse than not being able to your homework because your book hasn’t come in yet. Moral of the story: order online with caution.
ii.If you can manage your time and are enjoying yourself, go for it!
ii.Your time is too precious to spend on something that’s not enjoyable.
iii.There are too many organizations on campus to spend with one that is not making you happy.
ii.You should enjoy these since it is relevant to your chosen field.
ii.Take something that you love from high school or an outside passion and join a related group, and just have fun.
ii.You will see yourself improve in class.
iii.This will put a name to a face if you are in a large class.
iv.Don’t show up before the day of a test or a week before the end of the semester.
ii.Don’t email the day before a test asking for help or copies of notes. It won’t go over well.
iii.Be Professional, you are emailing a professor, not your buddy from summer camp.
ii.Don’t ask a professor for a recommendation letter if you made a poor grade in the class.
ii.Professors are not teachers; they are they to give you the information, it is your job to learn the material.
ii.The earlier you start is the easier it will be to get all the paperwork together and plan your graduation with study abroad included.
ii.The world isn’t safe. Be cautious at all times.
iii.Your parents will worry about you whether you are 15 miles away or 5,000 miles away.
ii.Should only be one page, and only one.
iv.Make a basic resume that you can change if to fit an array of positions you may apply for.
ii.Having a mentor gives you someone to ask questions, and give encouragement when you don’t know what you are doing with your life.
ii.Keep track of all volunteering, shadowing, and internships you do.
ii.Apply for positions as soon as possible so you don’t have to rush. I have extensive experience with application deadlines, and it is not an enjoyable experience.
iii.Use old essays if possible, will make writing 10 application essays a lot easier.
ii.The more honest and personable you are the more likely you are to get the position.
iii.Interviewers want a hard worker that can be an asset to the organization, not a robot that can recite an answer word for word.
ii.Save every essay you write, because prompts repeat, and you will often be able to piece together a completely new essay from all the things you have already written, and save a lot of brainpower.
ii.Dorms are a great transition from living with your parents, to living by yourself with roommates in an apartment.
ii.Yes, you won’t be the most fit person there, but most people are just like you with the goal of just getting more in shape.
iii.Avoid the freshman 15. Enough said.
ii.Most of the time it is useless (like how to purchase Sesame Street Live tickets (Has actually been on the Tech Announce)), but sometimes you find a really awesome event or opportunity that you would not have known about otherwise.
ii.I love to color code my planner depending on the event/due date and it really helps me get a overall picture of what I have on my plate that week.
ii.Find people and resources the will help you on your journey to success.
ii.It can be in your dorm room, the library, the SUB, or the math building. The list goes on and on. Just pick an environment that gets those creative juices flowing.
iii.When you get to this place, you know it is an environment where you can get things done.
iv.Consider Internet connection when finding your go to study area.
ii.How can you ace that math test tomorrow if you have stayed up until 3 am every day for the last week.
ii.This can include anything from dinner with friends, going to the rec, video games, reading, Netflix, or whatever else you do for relaxation.
ii.Football games are awesome no matter who you are.
ii.Of course you can keep up with high school friends, but there are over 30,000 people on campus, so go make a new friend.
ii.Go be who you want to be.
By Kristina Hahn
Well-being is often thought of as only pertaining to physical health. But it isn’t just physical; it’s also mental and emotional. College is rough, hectic and incredibly stressful. It’s important to take time out for yourself. All of this, and then some, is something that I wish I could have implemented in the beginning of my college life.
Make yourself a routine and give yourself 3 days out of the week that you will for sure exercise. Exercise has been shown to have some pretty important benefits to a person, all of which are vital for any college kid.
I’m not going to preach it like I’m yo’ momma, but, eating well is truly important. Sure, you might not gain the Freshmen 15 since Tech is so ridiculously huge and you could walk off anything terrible you ate a lunch, but, remember: what you put in is what you get out. If you find yourself in a stressful situation and then you have a cookie in your hand, switch that out for some strawberries or a banana. It is best to eat fruits instead of processed sweets. I switched to drinking a fruit protein shake when I had a craving while doing schoolwork.
Filling my body with crap left me tired and feeling gross. The better you eat, the better you will feel. It takes a few weeks, but you will overall feel much better.
Some ways you can eat well in college is to invest in a crock-pot and scour Pinterest for recipes. Pinterest is an amazing resource for a lot of clean, healthy crockpot recipes that are ridiculously easy to make. So easy a caveman could do it!
Invest in a multivitamin and a probiotic. Obviously, I’m not a doctor…nor am I even pre-med. I’m purely going off what my mom has told me to do since basically infancy. Multivitamins will help make up anything you might be lacking in your diet, and probiotics will build up the good bacteria in your body so you won’t get all the cyclical sickness that seem to plague Lubbock around test time. Every year, it’s been the same stuff because we tend to sleep less and not eat a balanced diet. When you sleep, your body has time to repair itself, which is essential to healing. Best way to deal with it is to prevent it!
Make sure you sleep!
Mental and Emotional Health
Just because you’re in college doesn’t mean you can’t have time for fun. It is important that you do so! Make sure you go out, paint the town red (within reason, of course) and bask in those moments when school isn’t the only thing on your mind. The trick here is balance; don’t let your academics suffer.
Emotional health ties in with your mental health (duh). If you find yourself buckling down under the stress, take a time out in a way that best suits you. Some suggestions are going to the gym, immersing yourself in a favorite hobby or embrace the latest craze and grab a coloring book and color away. If you feel yourself slipping, know that your Terry Family is ALWAYS there to help you in any way that we can.
by Kacie Schiaffino
Taking tests is stressful, and dealing with test anxiety can be a major struggle. Here is a list of strategies to help you cope with test anxiety.
Be well prepared
It may sound clichéd, but the best way to do well on a test is to be well prepared. Do not wait until the day before the test to start studying. Try to look at the material and practice it every day. Know the material well enough that you would be comfortable teaching it to someone else. If you are well prepared, there is less of a chance that your mind will go blank on the exam.
Take your time
When you are put in a high pressure situation like an exam, it's easy to feel rushed. You may try to hurry through the exam, only to find out you made some easy mistakes. To combat this, take 5 to 10 deep breaths before you open the exam booklet. Then, skim through all the parts of the exam, writing down any quick notes to remind yourself of things later. Then go back through the exam, carefully reading through each question twice and underlining any major points. If you get stuck on a question, just move on to the next one. Put a star or a symbol in the margin to remind yourself to come back to that question later. If you start to feel overwhelmed, look up at the ceiling and take a few more deep breaths. You may find it helpful to work backwards through the test, as the more difficult problems are usually the last ones.
Practice in a similar setting
Although you cannot fully prepare yourself for the actual test, there are a number of things you can do to help replicate the same setting. Using a practice test or review, set a timer and try to complete it without using any of your notes. This is a great way to really see what you know, and what you still need to work on. Timing yourself and not relying on any notes help replicate the high pressure setting of an actual test. The more you practice the easier it will become, and the better you will be able to perform on the actual test. If you do not have a review or practice test, then make your own. This will force you to think like an instructor and help you to see patterns between different topics. You will also learn to evaluate the material by thinking about what the most important topics are, and which ones you can just graze over.
Remember: It's only a test
It does affect your grade, but it's important to remember that one test will not make or break you. A test is just the way that you can show your professors how much you have learned. It is a form of communication from you to them. Always write down as much as you know, and give explanations for your answers. This also forces you to really think about your answer and whether it is sound. And remember to keep your audience in mind. The best answer is one that an instructor has previously given in class during lecture. So be thoughtful with your answers. If you feel you did poorly, then take it as a learning experience. Find ways you could improve how you study, and then implement them.
Test anxiety doesn't have to leave you shaking and your mind blank. By being mindful of how you study and take tests, you can catch on to what works or doesn't work for you. This translates into better grades and a better peace of mind.
by Theo Winter
by Marcus D Gonzales
How is it different than what you expected?
The transition to college was definitely not as challenging as I had expected. I made friends right off the bat. I really believed this helped alleviate the stress that comes with starting fresh somewhere new—especially five hours away from home with people whom you have never met before. I also never expected to have so much free time. It is important to keep yourself occupied. Since I am in the UMSI program, I picked up a volunteer shift at University Medical Center in the Emergency Center, and I became heavily involved in our Tech Terry Scholars organization.
What do you wish someone would have told you?
I wish that someone would have told me that studying is of the utmost importance in college. In high school, I never really had to try. Even in my AP classes, I could get away with studying for a test the night before, or even hours before the test, and still get my A. However, in college, I have had to make adjustments to my studying habits, or lack thereof. I try to study a little each night, even if I do not have a test coming up. I have learned that cramming just is not the way to go about things anymore.
How are the classes/professors different than high school/community college?
If you are in the Honors College, you will get to enjoy smaller classes, kind of what you’re used to from high school, and get to know your professors so much better. Personally, I thrive in that sort of environment, as opposed to the huge lecture hall classes. You make friends, which are helpful if you need notes, someone to study with, or tutoring. Also, getting to know your professors has its perks. If you need a little extra time to get something done, extra tutoring, or any sort of help, honors professors tend to be more willing to be of assistance and be more understanding. Try to avoid lecture hall/auditorium classes, as you will be just one of about two-hundred and fifty. You are at a tier-one university now, so you know what you are getting yourself into. These classes are not easy, but you are more than able to succeed, so long as you have the right mindset and take care of business.
Where/How do you study?
I prefer to study in my room. I close my door, turn the TV onto the news (I know, that’s kinda nerdy), turn on some country music, and get to work. I try to avoid cramming, and instead review material from that day’s class. Also, it is never a bad idea to work ahead if you have a firm grasp on the material that you are currently covering.
What do love most about college/Texas Tech?
I love everything about Texas Tech. The campus is absolutely beautiful—it was once described as “the most beautiful college campus this side of the Mississippi”. Not to mention, we’re kind of a big deal—we are now Tier One university, have some of the top business, engineering, and medical schools in the nation, and some of the best sport teams.
What are you looking forward to during college/after graduation?
I am looking forward to attending Medical School. I have always had a passion for helping others and I plan on using medicine as my way of doing that.