I'm interested in rules, implicit and explicit and how they apply to thinking and creativity. Per our counter-points last week, I've been thinking about college, learning and what 'rules' helped me be successful in school.
1. Go to every class.
2. Read the materials. Books, handouts, web sites, etc.
3. Participate in the discussions.
(These three might be grouped as one under : "Pay attention!")
4. Stay committed. (I never allowed myself to quit in the middle of a semester.)
5. School, for those years, IS your job. Its your main commitment.
6. Take hard, challenging & interesting classes. (I took 1 year of dance training, poetry, art, public speaking, astronomy, choir, acted a little Shakespeare, and graduate level philosophy.)
7. Have a little fun and meet people. On campus activities and clubs are great for meeting people, having fun and maybe...learning something.
8. Feel free to drop a class, change majors or schools and change your mind.
9. School is busy and very detailed. Everything (everything!) goes in the planner. Every test, quiz, paper, deadline, appointment and sometimes even when classes meet get written in the planner. When it gets announced in class, on the syllabus or you agree to it -- Write it down. Check the planner everyday.
10. Ask for help. There are lots and lots of people who are there and ready to help you in your education; homework help, financial aid, housing, life skills, transportation, etc. Find these resources and use them.
These ten rules helped me immensely to get through college and even enjoy it.
Today's big idea: What 'rules' helped you approach your higher education? Did you know they were rules at the time?
Note: This is out first interactive topic. Please post your rules for school in the comments area. Thanks.
NEW: College will also teach you about money. Finances. Credit. One way or the other, you will learn these things.
Newer: And parking rules and regulations - and how they change; are in no way logical nor easy to understand and completely arbitrary.
1) Create a master list of activities you participated in, things you accomplished, and jobs you held in college. Creating the resume for internships and jobs later in college is a lot easier when you already have a list of all the stuff than to try to remember it all. Bonus: if you write a one paragraph summary of each item, then you have something to review before an interviewer asks you about them.
2) Create a spreadsheet of every single point available in each class with the proper weighting when the semester begins and fill it out as the semester goes on. You should keep track of two proportions: points received out of points available thus far in the semester and points received out of total points available in the class. This functions as a good indicator on where to allocate your time when things get busy (hint: classes where you're doing poorly and those where you're very close to the next higher grade are typically two good choices.).