A few last bits of advice from my students, who often wrote just one line of advice or information.
“Never underestimate the wrath of a roommate who didn’t get a date.”
“Homecoming events include lots of free stuff.”
“Go to the football games for the tailgate parties. Then skip the games.”
“Carry an umbrella and a plastic bag with you to protect your books.”
“Carry your ID everywhere.”
“Your legs will stick to the chair if your shorts are too short.”
“If you find a parking space, never leave.”
“Offer to pay for some of the gas rather than driving your car. The driver will appreciate it and you don’t risk having your car trashed.”
“Don’t leave a drunk friend alone, even if you have to leave the party early.”
“Bring lots of underwear and you can avoid laundry until Mom comes to visit.”
“Don’t drink things you don’t like. If it’s something you need to ‘develop a taste for’ then either don’t drink it or admit you just want to get drunk.”
“Drinking games are more fun for the spectators than the drinkers.”
“Decide what you want your spring break to be. If it’s a vacation, don’t take any books home with you. If it’s a way to catch up or get ahead on assignments, don’t waste all your time sleeping or partying with your old friends. If you want to do something completely different, look into the Alternative Spring Break volunteer programs.”
Student Success Strategy #73: Listen to random advice from former students.