College Survival Tips – Be Yourself

This tip is pretty simple. Just be yourself!

Others will like you more, and you will like yourself more.

College Survival Tips – Scheduling Class

Yes, it is that dreaded time of the semester that you have to schedule your classes for next semester. It can be a painful experience, if you let it. Classes that you want filling up, meeting with advisors, financial aid, and dealing with PAWS….it all can be a total headache. But, we have some tips for you to get those classes you want without ripping out your hair.

1) Do some research – Start looking at classes that are in your major/minor, that will meet your general ed. requirements, or that you are just interested in. Begin to create a list of these classes so that you can start to fit them into your schedule, and your plan.

2) Create a plan – Meet with your advisor and create a four year plan. This will make selecting classes so simple. There are many classes that you have to take a class or two (or even more) before you can take it. Figuring out when you take certain classes will help you out, and will help ensure that you don’t have to wait around a year to take one class that you need a class for your major.

3) Find out when you can register for classes and write it down everywhere! – So many people complain that they cannot get the classes that they wanted, but more times than not, they could have registered a week or two ago. You want/need certain classes, then register on time! As for you freshmen….everyone had to pay their dues at one point. Soon enough, you will have first choice!

4) Meet with your advisor early – Before anyone can register, they must meet with their advisor. And many college students wait until the last minute to do anything. This can make meeting with your advisor difficult. So, as soon as the list is posted on their door or they email out the schedule, sign up for a time! And sign up for a time early on. This will make them like you more, they will be happier, and you can get it out of the way! Plus, if you go in having an idea of what you want, that will help your advisor and you out tremulously.

Welcome, and happy Hunger Games.

College Survival Tips – The Major Issue

Hello there!

There the major issue that every college student has to face at least once in their college career, and for some, it may be four, five, or even more times. Picking a major is challenging. Making a decision that will have an impact on the rest of your college and professional career can be stressful, but here are some thoughts on this be decision.

Don’t rush into picking one. It is YOUR education, and you need to make the decisions when it is right for you. Take classes in what you think might be a good fit for you and “major experiment.” Try on different things and see what fits.

Also, when you are looking into a certain major, talk to some other students in that major and some of the professors that you would have if you went with it. Ask them about the classes and the expectations. Also, ask them about opportunities. Finding a department that is actively engaged with their students and provides outside opportunities is a plus!

So, you found a good fit…wonderful! Declaring a major can seem like a major undertaking itself, but don’t fret. Set up a meeting with your current advisor about declaring your major. They will be able to tell you who you have to go to to declare. It all depends on what your major is, and that can be confusing, but your advisor will be able to help.

What if you outgrow that fit? Don’t worry, you can always try a different major. This is your time to figure out what you want to do. And it could be difficult. But, you get to make the calls. Many times, the first major isn’t always the one that works out. Even for people who have been planning on majoring in a certain area for years. Things, people, and interests change….it’s natural, so don’t worry.

If you have any questions, or need some advice, feel free to leave a comment!

College Survival Tips – Sex

The best type of sex is safe and healthy sex. Below are our tips for you to have healthy sex.

Make the decision that you feel most comfortable with.

Not everyone is doing it, and you don’t have to either if you don’t want to. No one can tell you that you need to have sex, and you don’t have to have it just because “everyone” is doing it. It is your body, and you get to call the shots.

Talk smart sex first. Have smart sex later. 

STIs and unintended pregnancies affect both partners, not just one person. If you feel uncomfortable discussing sex and birth control with your partner, then you shouldn’t be having sex. Be straightforward and talk about sex beforehand. It’s easier to be rational and reasonable before you’re in the “heat of the moment.”

Be safe about “social lubrication.”

Drug use or alcohol abuse interferes with decision-making, which can lead to date rape, forgetting to use contraceptives or contracting an STI. The lowering of inhibitions that often accompanies alcohol use might make you think you’ll enjoy sex more, but in fact, for a variety of biochemical reasons, too much alcohol actually makes sex less enjoyable for both men and women. The best sex is sober sex! And you’ll be able to remember it!

Two are better than one. 

To help prevent both unwanted pregnancy and STIs, you should correctly and consistently use a hormonal birth control method like the Pill, and a condom (to prevent STIs). Condom use is essential, especially in relationships that are not monogamous. (You don’t want a souvenir from that one night stand!) If your partner says no to contraceptives that may prevent STIs (like condoms) it’s probably time to rethink your relationship. Nothing is worth the potential lifetime consequences of a few minutes of unprotected fun.

Use the buddy system.

If you go to a party or a bar, go with friends and keep an eye out for each other. Agree that you won’t leave with another person without telling someone. Sometimes a friend’s “second opinion” could help prevent you from making decisions that you might regret later.

Remember that “no” means NO and passed out doesn’t mean YES. 

Being drunk isn’t a defense for committing sexual assault. If you are too drunk to understand a person trying to say no; if you are too drunk to listen and respect a person saying no; or if you have sex with somebody who is passed out obviously drunk, it is rape.

Be prepared for a sex emergency. 

Consider carrying two condoms with you just in case one breaks or tears while it’s being put on. Both men and women are equally responsible for preventing STIs, using contraceptives and both should carry condoms. Sometimes things go wrong even when you try to do everything right. You can get free condoms at the Brady Center.

Make sexual health a priority. 

Whether you are having sex or not, both men and women need to have regular check-ups to make sure they are sexually healthy.

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