College is full of learning experiences. Whether they be new subjects, old subjects, or how to function as an adult i the real world there are many things people need to be ready to get a crash course in. Here are some of the top things you’ll learn (or be forced to learn) in your first year at Chico State!

1.  Location Location Location

Very few people even know the names of all the buildings on campus. Don’t feel bad asking for help or directions. Make sure to always keep a map or a picture of one on your phone.

2. Free Food is the Best Food

Pay attention to the events that are being hosted by campus organizations. These events often have free food, and when in college free food is the best food. If they are giving out food, sometimes its possible to pocket a little extra and keep it in your dorm when you are to lazy to get to the dining hall to eat. Free food is the best food.

3. If you want to do well, you’ll need help

College is hard. It’s very hard. You cannot be afraid to ask for help. Go to a professors office hours. Go to study sessions. Get a tutor. There is no shame in asking for help, there are tons of people around who want to help you and are excited to help you. There would not be tutors if they didn’t want to help you. It is also literally the professors job to offer office hours to help you. It is in their contract. That is your time to talk to them. If they are denying you that you can take it to administration. They are there for you.

4. How long you can go without sleep

While this one may not be as positive, you will learn how to handle not getting a full eight hours of sleep every single night. Some days you can go for days without getting more than four. It happens. You will learn your own limits.

5. Multiple choice tests are the best tests

At the least you will have a 25% chance to get the answer right. Often one answer will be a throw away answer, something so ridiculous that it obviously cannot be the right answer. It is also not 100% memorization, you just need to know the general wording of the answer to find it.

6. Group work is the worst

In lower division or GE courses (which is what you’ll mostly be taking as a freshman) you will find people who do not want to be there. These lower division courses can be quite boring as they are usually the introductory courses of the subject and a lot of people will find them boring and unnecessary. These are not the people you want to do group work with. You will not want work with them on a group project. They will not want to work with you and they will not work with anyone on anything. Unless you can trust the other people in the class (and know they will do the work), don’t work with them.

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7. Your Limits

Whether they are limits about not sleeping, how much you can drink, how little or much you can study, you will learn them. Everyone does. Everyone has a bad day once they go over their limits. It happens. Do not be afraid to push yourself but remember to take some time for yourself and relax.

College is hard. Don’t make it harder for yourself by ignoring these things. Make sure you pay attention to when you do poorly on a test because you need to know when you need to study more. Know how long it takes you to get to class, know how long it takes you to get ready in the morning. Be ready to learn and accept new things. College is full of learning experiences, don’t be turned off to them.


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Randy Richard

I am an English Studies Major at CSU Chico, I hope to minor in creative writing as well.


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