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Revised Hogwarts House Analysis
It’s been almost two years since I did my first analysis like this, which everyone as ridiculously supportive of. Yet I have found myself wanting to make corrections to my much more bland observations then, so here we go.
Gryffindor
Gryffindor is often classified by many as the house of bravery and daring. While these are indeed Gryffindor traits, they are not Gryffindor exclusive. Rather, within this house they are classified more as the troped forms of bravery and daring that we often see in literature. These are people who want to be the heroes of their own story, and show just how bold and capable they are. It is this need to prove that goes far beyond whatever actual causes they may have to go through with such life mission statements. Gryffindors have the ability to be sudden and bold because they do not have the limitation of thinking things over to a great extent. They work much more so in the moment with very little planning, and whether or not this works out for them just depends on luck and their individual cunning. Gryffindor people tend to be very emotionally driven as their primary function, and work with their hearts first and their heads second. They will jump into something because it matters to them or just has an appeal to their interest, only to see it’s down sides as time goes on and be displeased with them. Gryffindors can be very quick to flip outlooks, mostly trying to keep a positive outlook on everything until their own mindsets or goals are threatened, at which point they can turn quite negative and “doom and gloom” feeling like powers in the universe are against them. They can lash out quite easily when like this, and often do not realize how hurtful they can be. They have a way of unleashing intrapersonal frustrations on interpersonal relationships, which can be problematic. When on their often attempted optimistic note, Gryffindors are much more boisterous and excitable in a positive light, wanting to go on any small adventure or just find different ways to go out and seize the day. Their loyalty and love is often more secluded to their friends and family, though they may often try to claim otherwise and overestimate their own affections and passions. When the chips are down, Gryffindors will show where their priorities actually lie, despite their claims to be all caring.Overall, Gryffindors are impulsive, exciteable, and daring in their endavours, with something about their own personal values they feel the need to prove. They like all houses have their negative sides, though try to ignore them with their best effort. 
Hufflepuff
The unfortunate stereotype often given to the Hufflepuff house is that it is both passive and weak, and this could not be any farther from the truth. Hufflepuffs, after Slytherins, are the house type most filled with conviction. When they truly love something, they give it their full attention and do so unconditionally. Their enjoyment is obvious, but not in the way of Gryffindor where they feel the need to announce it to the world. It shows on their features and in their tones and that is all that is truly necessary for you to realize how deeply they do care about something. It is from this trait that most Hufflepuff strength comes, and they have it in great abundance. Their heart is their main point of courage, and it is from this and what they fill it with that they draw the ability to do whatever matters to them. They are much more silent about this than would be a Gryffindor or Slytherin, because they do not necessarily want any kind of recognition or to make a point, they just want to do what’s right. Hufflepuffs are also not fans of conflict, and will avoid it the best that they can, seeing it as unnecessary. That said, if someone bothers them they are much more likely to deal with this passive aggressively, rather than speaking out in a more blunt manner. Veiled sweetness is the Hufflepuff’s weapon. They are so used to being underestimated that others can have trouble within reading them, and they can use this to their advantage quite often. Hufflepuffs are the most loyal of houses in coherence with Slytherin, both in different ways yet with similarities laced within. Both believe actions speak louder than words, but Hufflepuffs are much less angrily loyal and much more so in affectionate way. They will be there for you if you need them for absolutely anything, and to them that is the most loyal thing one can do. They do not need to go leaps and bounds to prove themselves, and this works for them quite well, often. Overall, Hufflepuffs are much stronger than they are ever given credit for, and most of this stems from the fact that they do not act for themselves, but for the people that they love.
Ravenclaw
Ravenclaw is probably the least stereotyped of the houses, at least in an inaccurate way. Ravenclaws do, indeed, value knowledge above everything else, this is not untrue. The difference between this statement and the common assumption is that there are many different interpretations of knowledge. Ravenclaws are similar in the way that they all use their heads first, taking everything in and trying to keep it for future reference. The things that cause them to differ is their heart coming into play, deciding what in their inventory matters to them and what hits the mark of their passions. Whether a Ravenclaw likes to push their knowledge or not depends on the individual, but many like to show their intelligence, and will pick the subject which resonates with them the most in order to do this. When they are in their element, they are much more a relaxed and pleasant individual than they may be out of it, as then they may grow defensive in being uncomfortable with something they don’t truly know. Ravenclaw friendship and companionship is much more a boiled down thing than it can be with other houses. While they do indeed love these people dearly, they can have a difficult time showing it simply because such expression is not really something they specialize in. When they can manage such expression they do so best in words, in a poetic and fluid form that let’s you know that they mean it. They are not very defensive in terms of loyalty, as they are independent souls and expect others to be as well, settling within the idea that everyone can take care of themselves. Some can even see such defensiveness as offensive if one were to hold it with them, without understanding that person. Overall, Ravenclaws are very focused on the knowlege of the world and see intelligence as life’s key focus, but they are all individual within their passions, and do not care about your approval of them, so long as you know that they are there. 
Slytherin
Slytherins are often concieved as selfish and in everything for themselves, and this makes them next to Hufflepuff the most misunderstood house. Whether or not a Slytherin is selfish is not because of their house, but because of that individual themselves. Slytherins are survivalists, they have a natural instinct for self-preservation in whatever sense that may be needed, and this can cause them to come off as cold and abrasive when they have their defenses up. It is not a desire to be unkind but one to protect and shield oneself from whatever there may be against them, and this is all that it is. Given the circumstances of the books as well as the narrative by which they are done, this is the only side of Slytherins we really get a feel of, causing the misinterpretation. That said, Slytherins know what they want, and have the skill of putting their heart fully into something without letting it cloud their actions and make them impulsive like Gryffindors often do. Slytherins are always controlled by their logic, they think things through in a matter of seconds and like to work through life like chess, being two steps ahead of everyone else at all times. Their heart carries their strength, which comes in mounds, but the amount of self-awareness a Slytherin can carry is monumental. If they do act it, they know they have because everyone word was planned out perfectly. It’s only if they get very comfortable around you that this may fall slightly, and if something goes wrong in their doing this that analytical shield will go right back up. Slytherins are the most loyal house shared with Hufflepuff, though Slytherins do this in a much more knight templar way. Loyalty is not automatically granted because of your title, you must earn it, and once you have their trust they will do anything for you, and protect you through any means that is necessary. While this is a very strong bond that they create, the moment you betray this trust is the moment you permanently lose it, because while a Slytherin may eventually forgive (though don’t plan on it) they never, ever forget if you’ve done something they’re against. Overall, Slytherins are controlled by their heart’s ambition and their mind’s planning through it and filtering out of unwanted things, and their loyalty is unwavering and instinctively protective, so long as you do meet their own code for keeping it.

Revised Hogwarts House Analysis

It’s been almost two years since I did my first analysis like this, which everyone as ridiculously supportive of. Yet I have found myself wanting to make corrections to my much more bland observations then, so here we go.

Gryffindor

Gryffindor is often classified by many as the house of bravery and daring. While these are indeed Gryffindor traits, they are not Gryffindor exclusive. Rather, within this house they are classified more as the troped forms of bravery and daring that we often see in literature. These are people who want to be the heroes of their own story, and show just how bold and capable they are. It is this need to prove that goes far beyond whatever actual causes they may have to go through with such life mission statements. Gryffindors have the ability to be sudden and bold because they do not have the limitation of thinking things over to a great extent. They work much more so in the moment with very little planning, and whether or not this works out for them just depends on luck and their individual cunning. Gryffindor people tend to be very emotionally driven as their primary function, and work with their hearts first and their heads second. They will jump into something because it matters to them or just has an appeal to their interest, only to see it’s down sides as time goes on and be displeased with them. Gryffindors can be very quick to flip outlooks, mostly trying to keep a positive outlook on everything until their own mindsets or goals are threatened, at which point they can turn quite negative and “doom and gloom” feeling like powers in the universe are against them. They can lash out quite easily when like this, and often do not realize how hurtful they can be. They have a way of unleashing intrapersonal frustrations on interpersonal relationships, which can be problematic. When on their often attempted optimistic note, Gryffindors are much more boisterous and excitable in a positive light, wanting to go on any small adventure or just find different ways to go out and seize the day. Their loyalty and love is often more secluded to their friends and family, though they may often try to claim otherwise and overestimate their own affections and passions. When the chips are down, Gryffindors will show where their priorities actually lie, despite their claims to be all caring.Overall, Gryffindors are impulsive, exciteable, and daring in their endavours, with something about their own personal values they feel the need to prove. They like all houses have their negative sides, though try to ignore them with their best effort. 

Hufflepuff

The unfortunate stereotype often given to the Hufflepuff house is that it is both passive and weak, and this could not be any farther from the truth. Hufflepuffs, after Slytherins, are the house type most filled with conviction. When they truly love something, they give it their full attention and do so unconditionally. Their enjoyment is obvious, but not in the way of Gryffindor where they feel the need to announce it to the world. It shows on their features and in their tones and that is all that is truly necessary for you to realize how deeply they do care about something. It is from this trait that most Hufflepuff strength comes, and they have it in great abundance. Their heart is their main point of courage, and it is from this and what they fill it with that they draw the ability to do whatever matters to them. They are much more silent about this than would be a Gryffindor or Slytherin, because they do not necessarily want any kind of recognition or to make a point, they just want to do what’s right. Hufflepuffs are also not fans of conflict, and will avoid it the best that they can, seeing it as unnecessary. That said, if someone bothers them they are much more likely to deal with this passive aggressively, rather than speaking out in a more blunt manner. Veiled sweetness is the Hufflepuff’s weapon. They are so used to being underestimated that others can have trouble within reading them, and they can use this to their advantage quite often. Hufflepuffs are the most loyal of houses in coherence with Slytherin, both in different ways yet with similarities laced within. Both believe actions speak louder than words, but Hufflepuffs are much less angrily loyal and much more so in affectionate way. They will be there for you if you need them for absolutely anything, and to them that is the most loyal thing one can do. They do not need to go leaps and bounds to prove themselves, and this works for them quite well, often. Overall, Hufflepuffs are much stronger than they are ever given credit for, and most of this stems from the fact that they do not act for themselves, but for the people that they love.

Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw is probably the least stereotyped of the houses, at least in an inaccurate way. Ravenclaws do, indeed, value knowledge above everything else, this is not untrue. The difference between this statement and the common assumption is that there are many different interpretations of knowledge. Ravenclaws are similar in the way that they all use their heads first, taking everything in and trying to keep it for future reference. The things that cause them to differ is their heart coming into play, deciding what in their inventory matters to them and what hits the mark of their passions. Whether a Ravenclaw likes to push their knowledge or not depends on the individual, but many like to show their intelligence, and will pick the subject which resonates with them the most in order to do this. When they are in their element, they are much more a relaxed and pleasant individual than they may be out of it, as then they may grow defensive in being uncomfortable with something they don’t truly know. Ravenclaw friendship and companionship is much more a boiled down thing than it can be with other houses. While they do indeed love these people dearly, they can have a difficult time showing it simply because such expression is not really something they specialize in. When they can manage such expression they do so best in words, in a poetic and fluid form that let’s you know that they mean it. They are not very defensive in terms of loyalty, as they are independent souls and expect others to be as well, settling within the idea that everyone can take care of themselves. Some can even see such defensiveness as offensive if one were to hold it with them, without understanding that person. Overall, Ravenclaws are very focused on the knowlege of the world and see intelligence as life’s key focus, but they are all individual within their passions, and do not care about your approval of them, so long as you know that they are there. 

Slytherin

Slytherins are often concieved as selfish and in everything for themselves, and this makes them next to Hufflepuff the most misunderstood house. Whether or not a Slytherin is selfish is not because of their house, but because of that individual themselves. Slytherins are survivalists, they have a natural instinct for self-preservation in whatever sense that may be needed, and this can cause them to come off as cold and abrasive when they have their defenses up. It is not a desire to be unkind but one to protect and shield oneself from whatever there may be against them, and this is all that it is. Given the circumstances of the books as well as the narrative by which they are done, this is the only side of Slytherins we really get a feel of, causing the misinterpretation. That said, Slytherins know what they want, and have the skill of putting their heart fully into something without letting it cloud their actions and make them impulsive like Gryffindors often do. Slytherins are always controlled by their logic, they think things through in a matter of seconds and like to work through life like chess, being two steps ahead of everyone else at all times. Their heart carries their strength, which comes in mounds, but the amount of self-awareness a Slytherin can carry is monumental. If they do act it, they know they have because everyone word was planned out perfectly. It’s only if they get very comfortable around you that this may fall slightly, and if something goes wrong in their doing this that analytical shield will go right back up. Slytherins are the most loyal house shared with Hufflepuff, though Slytherins do this in a much more knight templar way. Loyalty is not automatically granted because of your title, you must earn it, and once you have their trust they will do anything for you, and protect you through any means that is necessary. While this is a very strong bond that they create, the moment you betray this trust is the moment you permanently lose it, because while a Slytherin may eventually forgive (though don’t plan on it) they never, ever forget if you’ve done something they’re against. Overall, Slytherins are controlled by their heart’s ambition and their mind’s planning through it and filtering out of unwanted things, and their loyalty is unwavering and instinctively protective, so long as you do meet their own code for keeping it.

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juliebooli:

dotanon:

kripke-is-my-king:

vexie-chan:

midnitedancer:

sdelabelle:

cute-sexual:

thelittlecoyoteinitiative:

This needs to be rebloggable …

number 9 tho

number fucking 9. there was a dude that would play his guitar outside of my window at 1 am all the time

Some bits that I’ve picked up:
There’s a general rule of college that if you were sitting in that seat for over two weeks, that is your seat. Not many if any professors have seating arrangements but switching seats will fuck everyone up.
Get there early and stay late. As soon as you get home you will not want to do shit. Stay on campus and do some homework while you’re in the environment.
SIT UP FRONT. The best way to start understanding something is to listen to someone talk about it and you can’t do that from the back of the class trying to listen over everyone whispering to each other. LISTENING WILL MAKE HOMEWORK SO MUCH EASIER. 
Be childish, but be respectful. Have a massive snowball fight across campus, but don’t aim for anyone not taking part. 
SHUT THE FUCK UP IN THE LIBRARY. Some people work there, some people sleep there. It is a quiet space. 
Don’t be afraid to talk to professors. They are not there to flunk you. They would rather you pass than not.
IF YOU NEED TUTORING GET TUTORING DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU’VE DUG YOURSELF INTO YOUR GRAVE.
Get involved. It will help you make friends, give you new skills to learn, and even help you get a leg up in the work place if you know the right people.

I will add to this as a GTA:
   Take time for yourself—buy a planner, figure out when your best study hours are, figure out WHERE you study best, and figure out how much time you need to complete an assignment—AND THEN make sure to pencil in an hour for video games, some time to watch a TV show, or time to just lay on your floor and blow bubbles. Whatever you like. Don’t forget about YOU.
  SLEEP. EAT. DRINK WATER. Don’t die. Caffeine =/= sleep. I cannot emphasize that this much. 
    AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:
  COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR INSTRUCTORS! If you’re sick, shoot an e-mail and say “Hey, I’m sick today. Can I set up a time to talk to you about what I missed?” If you’ve got a good opportunity (scholarships, to go to another country, to check out a cool lecture, etc.) let your prof know ahead of time. If you just need time to work on projects, all it takes is an e-mail. We understand. I gave a student a free skip day because he e-mailed me and said “Hey, look, I have two massive tests and a project due and I need the time to study.” And THAT IS OKAY.
   However, sometimes you just need a personal day, and you know what, when you wake up and getting out of bed seems like the worst idea ever….just turn off your alarm and get that sleep.

Some additionally tid-bits that might help you 
Before signing up for classes, look on “ratemyprofessor.com" and see if the teachers at your campus are included. There may be two or more teachers for the same course, and you want to try and pick the good/easy one. Who your professor is can have a great affect on what grade you make, even for the "same" class. 
Look for a facebook group for your "graduating class" set up, which is a good way to make friends and find people with similar interests (particularly for introverts). 
Look for a facebook group for each of your courses. If there isn’t one, MAKE ONE and send it out via the course email or word of mouth. These groups are helpful for if you missed class and need the notes, and especially for review time before exams. 
If no one else does it, make a google doc of the exam reviews and post it on the class facebook page. That way everyone contributes to the review. 200 brains are most definitely better than 1. 
During lectures, unless Internet is required, TURN IT OFF. If it’s on, you WILL end up on tumblr or some other site, and you will miss important shit. 
For the love of God, pay attention to your syllabus. Sometimes assignments are listed there, and that’s the only place it’ll be mentioned. Also, if it says to do a reading by a specific date, DO THE READING BY THAT DATE. Otherwise you will get behind, and you will have 200+ pages of textbooks to read in one night before the test, and you will cry.
Yes you actually need to do the readings. Yes it is a lot. Yes it will suck. Do it anyways. 
If you are used to getting all A’s, do not cry when you get a B. Take it from someone who killed herself for two years to maintain a 4.0, it feels like the end of the world when your GPA drops, but it’s not. You’ll be okay. Just breathe and do your best. Your best is good enough.

Addons—
Try to make sure you leave an open hour around midday so that you have time to get food in you. A lot of people forget to do this. If you have to have back to back classes, check your syllabus or with your teacher—some midday classes allow you to bring in a drink and a snack. Some will even allow you a full meal.
If you can get an online/pdf copy of the book without busting the bank, DO IT. Sometimes there are even annotated versions online. This can make notetaking a shitton easier, because you can highlight printed-out versions of the book and they won’t dock you on the money back. Sometimes professors move through their lecture too fast for you to write stuff down. Shrugging off that old ‘don’t ruin your books’ rule you had in high school may be your only hope.
UNLESS YOU NEED THEM OR REALLY WANT TO KEEP THEM TRY TO SELL BACK YOUR BOOKS—maybe even offer them online to incoming students. You won’t get nearly the worth of them but someone after you will thank you a million times over for providing a used copy. If you take good notes, you can sometimes buy/sell those as well. A lot of professors teach literally the same class every time.
IF YOUR PROFESSOR PUTS NOTES ONLINE GET THEM. GET THEM NOW. TRUST ME. YOU WANT THOSE NOTES. Bring them in with you if it’s possible to get them before class.
Keep change on hand. Always.
The Best Way To Make Friends:
Bring a printer with you to college and offer to print people’s stuff for half of what the school does or for free if you can afford it.
Carry around small candies with you and offer them to people while waiting outside of class. If you are the ‘candy person’ this gives you an in for starting conversations.
Buy a jumbo pack of chalk and find an open sidewalk on a free day. Write the words ‘Come draw with me?’ and begin doodling.
Have a pack of cards.
Last But Not Least: if you go onto campus and you can’t find what you’re looking for, and you are afraid to go up to someone and ask, find an open, well-populated area, hold your schedule/map in hand, and walk in circles for a few minutes, looking up and around in obvious confusion. Other students know this body language well. Someone will stop and point you in the right direction. (if you are worried that the person’s directions are a joke or faulty, wait for them to leave and take up the stance again; if the directions match-up the second time, they’re legit; do not allow a person to ‘show you the way’ unless EVERY STEP is along an obvious walkway, just in case)
For those of you who fear assault, most campuses aren’t much for small blades or mace. Carry a pocket air horn or a hand bag of those little pop-rock fireworks unless you can get a concealed weapons permit.

Adding my own tidbit:
Make friends with transfer kids. Chances are, they won’t be able to live in the dorms and it’ll be ten times harder for them to meet people since they have to drive to and from campus. It’s also fun hearing about their experiences before the college you both go to. 
Make friends with an older student. I’m talking about students who have families and full-time jobs. You can learn a lot from them, and they honestly have the best stories. They’re often the smartest and the most dedicated, so they make great study buddies. 

juliebooli:

dotanon:

kripke-is-my-king:

vexie-chan:

midnitedancer:

sdelabelle:

cute-sexual:

thelittlecoyoteinitiative:

This needs to be rebloggable …

number 9 tho

number fucking 9. there was a dude that would play his guitar outside of my window at 1 am all the time

Some bits that I’ve picked up:

There’s a general rule of college that if you were sitting in that seat for over two weeks, that is your seat. Not many if any professors have seating arrangements but switching seats will fuck everyone up.

Get there early and stay late. As soon as you get home you will not want to do shit. Stay on campus and do some homework while you’re in the environment.

SIT UP FRONT. The best way to start understanding something is to listen to someone talk about it and you can’t do that from the back of the class trying to listen over everyone whispering to each other. LISTENING WILL MAKE HOMEWORK SO MUCH EASIER. 

Be childish, but be respectful. Have a massive snowball fight across campus, but don’t aim for anyone not taking part. 

SHUT THE FUCK UP IN THE LIBRARY. Some people work there, some people sleep there. It is a quiet space. 

Don’t be afraid to talk to professors. They are not there to flunk you. They would rather you pass than not.

IF YOU NEED TUTORING GET TUTORING DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU’VE DUG YOURSELF INTO YOUR GRAVE.

Get involved. It will help you make friends, give you new skills to learn, and even help you get a leg up in the work place if you know the right people.

I will add to this as a GTA:

   Take time for yourself—buy a planner, figure out when your best study hours are, figure out WHERE you study best, and figure out how much time you need to complete an assignment—AND THEN make sure to pencil in an hour for video games, some time to watch a TV show, or time to just lay on your floor and blow bubbles. Whatever you like. Don’t forget about YOU.

  SLEEP. EAT. DRINK WATER. Don’t die. Caffeine =/= sleep. I cannot emphasize that this much. 

    AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:

  COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR INSTRUCTORS! If you’re sick, shoot an e-mail and say “Hey, I’m sick today. Can I set up a time to talk to you about what I missed?” If you’ve got a good opportunity (scholarships, to go to another country, to check out a cool lecture, etc.) let your prof know ahead of time. If you just need time to work on projects, all it takes is an e-mail. We understand. I gave a student a free skip day because he e-mailed me and said “Hey, look, I have two massive tests and a project due and I need the time to study.” And THAT IS OKAY.

   However, sometimes you just need a personal day, and you know what, when you wake up and getting out of bed seems like the worst idea ever….just turn off your alarm and get that sleep.

Some additionally tid-bits that might help you 

  • Before signing up for classes, look on “ratemyprofessor.com" and see if the teachers at your campus are included. There may be two or more teachers for the same course, and you want to try and pick the good/easy one. Who your professor is can have a great affect on what grade you make, even for the "same" class. 
  • Look for a facebook group for your "graduating class" set up, which is a good way to make friends and find people with similar interests (particularly for introverts). 
  • Look for a facebook group for each of your courses. If there isn’t one, MAKE ONE and send it out via the course email or word of mouth. These groups are helpful for if you missed class and need the notes, and especially for review time before exams. 
  • If no one else does it, make a google doc of the exam reviews and post it on the class facebook page. That way everyone contributes to the review. 200 brains are most definitely better than 1. 
  • During lectures, unless Internet is required, TURN IT OFF. If it’s on, you WILL end up on tumblr or some other site, and you will miss important shit. 
  • For the love of God, pay attention to your syllabus. Sometimes assignments are listed there, and that’s the only place it’ll be mentioned. Also, if it says to do a reading by a specific date, DO THE READING BY THAT DATE. Otherwise you will get behind, and you will have 200+ pages of textbooks to read in one night before the test, and you will cry.
  • Yes you actually need to do the readings. Yes it is a lot. Yes it will suck. Do it anyways. 
  • If you are used to getting all A’s, do not cry when you get a B. Take it from someone who killed herself for two years to maintain a 4.0, it feels like the end of the world when your GPA drops, but it’s not. You’ll be okay. Just breathe and do your best. Your best is good enough.

Addons—

Try to make sure you leave an open hour around midday so that you have time to get food in you. A lot of people forget to do this. If you have to have back to back classes, check your syllabus or with your teacher—some midday classes allow you to bring in a drink and a snack. Some will even allow you a full meal.

If you can get an online/pdf copy of the book without busting the bank, DO IT. Sometimes there are even annotated versions online. This can make notetaking a shitton easier, because you can highlight printed-out versions of the book and they won’t dock you on the money back. Sometimes professors move through their lecture too fast for you to write stuff down. Shrugging off that old ‘don’t ruin your books’ rule you had in high school may be your only hope.

UNLESS YOU NEED THEM OR REALLY WANT TO KEEP THEM TRY TO SELL BACK YOUR BOOKS—maybe even offer them online to incoming students. You won’t get nearly the worth of them but someone after you will thank you a million times over for providing a used copy. If you take good notes, you can sometimes buy/sell those as well. A lot of professors teach literally the same class every time.

IF YOUR PROFESSOR PUTS NOTES ONLINE GET THEM. GET THEM NOW. TRUST ME. YOU WANT THOSE NOTES. Bring them in with you if it’s possible to get them before class.

Keep change on hand. Always.

The Best Way To Make Friends:

Bring a printer with you to college and offer to print people’s stuff for half of what the school does or for free if you can afford it.

Carry around small candies with you and offer them to people while waiting outside of class. If you are the ‘candy person’ this gives you an in for starting conversations.

Buy a jumbo pack of chalk and find an open sidewalk on a free day. Write the words ‘Come draw with me?’ and begin doodling.

Have a pack of cards.

Last But Not Least: if you go onto campus and you can’t find what you’re looking for, and you are afraid to go up to someone and ask, find an open, well-populated area, hold your schedule/map in hand, and walk in circles for a few minutes, looking up and around in obvious confusion. Other students know this body language well. Someone will stop and point you in the right direction. (if you are worried that the person’s directions are a joke or faulty, wait for them to leave and take up the stance again; if the directions match-up the second time, they’re legit; do not allow a person to ‘show you the way’ unless EVERY STEP is along an obvious walkway, just in case)

For those of you who fear assault, most campuses aren’t much for small blades or mace. Carry a pocket air horn or a hand bag of those little pop-rock fireworks unless you can get a concealed weapons permit.

Adding my own tidbit:

Make friends with transfer kids. Chances are, they won’t be able to live in the dorms and it’ll be ten times harder for them to meet people since they have to drive to and from campus. It’s also fun hearing about their experiences before the college you both go to. 

Make friends with an older student. I’m talking about students who have families and full-time jobs. You can learn a lot from them, and they honestly have the best stories. They’re often the smartest and the most dedicated, so they make great study buddies.