Here is more advice from my former students. Some of them are very personal with what they share, and what their consequences were.
“Read your housing contract to see what happens if you break their rules. I was thrown out of housing in the middle of my fall semester, but was obligated to pay for the entire contract anyway. All I did was smoke a little weed in the room. It didn’t hurt anyone.”
“If you are underage, don’t even hold a beer for anyone else. The police saw me holding a red cup and busted me for underage drinking. I’ve had beer before, but this time I was just holding it while a friend used the restroom. I’m now on disciplinary probation and if I get caught doing anything wrong for the next year, I could be suspended from school.”
“If you’ve had a drink, don’t drive. I got stopped for doing a rolling stop at the stop sign on campus, and they smelled alcohol. Then I refused the breath test and my license was suspended. My parents had to come pick up my car. ”
“Pizza every night tastes great, but if you’ve heard of the “Freshman 15″ don’t believe it. You can gain 30 pounds in a semester if you aren’t careful.”
“Every party is not the best. party. ever. no matter what your friends say. You’ve still got to study. You’ve still got to get to class, even your morning classes. Trying to learn chemistry with a hangover is impossible. Just staying awake after two nights out is impossible. I learned the hard way, with a 1.72 GPA.”
Student Success Strategy #71: Listen to students who learned from their mistakes.