Another week has flown by. It's hard to believe that there are only 4 1/2 weeks left in the semester. I just can't believe how time has flown since I set foot on campus at the beginning of SmartStart summer session. It's been quite an experience, one that I will never forget. I've made a few mistakes this year that I won't be repeating this upcoming school year. For any new freshmen coming to Southern next year, save yourself a lot of trouble and learn from these mistakes of mine:
-Keep your ID card with you like you carry your phone! I've lost mine several times and had it stolen once (which resulted in over $30 being charged on my food plan before I was able to cancel the card). Paying $15 to get a new card each time can certainly add up so make sure you have it with you at all times!
-Get your worship/convo credits in as soon as possible. Don't procrastinate and decide to attend them later. If you're behind on worships, you'll find yourself sitting on resident hall restriction which definitely has its many limitations. Believe me, I know. If you wind up on resident hall restriction, you'll end up frantically trying to attend every worship offered to get off. This is not fun when there is mounds of homework to be done.
-Make sure you know what each of your courses entail before you sign up for them. It's best to have a blend of easier, general courses with your more challenging, major specific ones. I made the mistake of taking two project-type courses for my major in one semester. It's made this semester very hectic and busy for me. Make sure you talk to your advisor when planning your schedule, and also talk to other students who have taken courses you're interested in so you have a good idea of what classes will be the most time consuming.
-Don't put off all your homework until Sunday. It's tempting when Friday rolls around to just take a nap, go to the mall, catch a movie, etc. before vespers. Take some advice and try to do even a little homework on Friday so that when Sunday comes you don't feel completely overwhelmed when you eye your to-do list.
Hope these mistakes I made this year help you out as you make your way to Southern next semester. Believe me, it will save you some trouble!