It doesn’t seem so long ago I sat in News 101 at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. What I learned there, though, is still sticking after all these years. Those daily tests over The Associated Press (AP) Stylebook helped prepare me for many things.
A few hours later, I came across another comment from yet another young woman: “Is there such a thing as too much excitement for one day?”
I remember sitting in college classes in the late ’70s and wondering about the people who seemingly just “dropped in” to listen to lectures. I learned they were “auditing” the course, and in some cases paying to sit there but not taking it for credit. That just seemed crazy since I was working hard toward a degree at the time. Maturity would teach me that those people were smart, wanting to learn all the time.
Surrounding yourself with like-minded motivated individuals is a good way to ensure success in college. Think about it. Your parents probably didn’t want you hanging with “the wrong crowd” especially during your teen years because it might lead you into trouble. Bad choices often lead to lives full of despair. Let’s look at the opposite, the positive, if you will.
What do you miss most about home? Chances are the answer to that question revolves around food (Mom’s cooking) or family. A Vermont college president is taking what students miss most and cooking up a program that actually is helping her school retain its students.
Looking back, I can honestly say college was when I was at my healthiest. Reading recently about the Freshman 15, the condition so named when students gain up to 15 pounds their first semester in college, I wondered why I did not fit the norm. The Freshman 15 is not a disease or virus, but due to a drastic change in eating habits. That’s when I realized I made a drastic change, but for the better.