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NO CATEGORY / 14 December 2016
The Dorm Life - Freshman Career Planning and Best Practices
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Tim Elkana

The dorm life is THE life. Or at least that’s what most movies and television tell you. Nonetheless, this is your first year of college, and by gosh you are going to do it right! 

When you are living in a dorm, you can get food whenever you want, can wake up late and walk to school at your convenience, and have the opportunity to create new friendships that will last a lifetime. Here are some tips to guide you through your first year and help you have a productive and amazing first year! 

1. Take advantage of the food, but not TOO much!

Yes the food is convenient. When going to dining hall, there will be sandwiches, burgers, fries, and much more. But BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU EAT. Sometimes eating fatty foods at dining halls on a consistent basis will give you the unimpressive “Freshman 15”. Make sure to take advantage of the dining hall to a certain extent, and to check your calorie intake per day. I do this by using the MyFitnessPal app in which it calculates how many calories, macros, and fat I have consumed during the day or the week. 

2. Cleanliness 

This helps A LOT, especially in your dorm room. Some students are messy while other students are clean and are organized with their studies, clothes, and other dorm necessities. The less clean you are, the harder it will be to manage your to-dos and belongings. 

3. Be a great roommate

In other words, have a good relationship and set standards with your roommates. These guys can either be your best friends... or your worst enemies. When I was dorming, I had one great roommate and one terrible roommate (which usually seems to be the case for most). The great roommate was a nice guy and close friend who respected me as a person. Sadly, the other roommate would play video games at night when we were trying to sleep, keeping the entire room awake. Don’t do this- respect your roommates’ privacy and listen to each other’s opinions. Find inspiration in this guide of 5 house rules to set with your dorm partners. 

4. Join clubs/organizations 

Joining these will introduce you to new friendships, connections, and networks. Whether it is a social or a professional organization, you should join the ones you feel at home with. It can be a fraternity/sorority on campus, a business club, or a volunteer organization for the less fortunate. But if you think that just going to a club once and not being active in it will help you out, think again. Actively participating will help you to turn connections into opportunities. 

5. Find balance 

Don’t stress too much about school and what not. You go to school to learn about a variety of subjects, but you have to have fun with it as well. Balance your time between academics and making connections. Your first few quarters will set a precedent for your GPA’s future. College isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon that you must balance your time and learn to enjoy the rough terrain. But your GPA is not the only thing that should be on your mind, you should start thinking about how you can impress recruiters for when you graduate as early as you can. Recruiters are looking for recent grads with soft skills and hard skills more than ever. If you find yourself with some free time, do some projects for companies in real time so you can gain all the experience that you can. 

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