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Think about what you’re doing

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

I am writing this article while sitting in my office listening to music and avoiding the work I have to do. I am an intern in the Office of Student Activities and one of my projects is to create a master list of co-curricular involvement opportunities for students on campus.

Welcome Class of 2012

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

Welcome to the Class of 2012! I am pleased that you have made the personal commitment to join the Washington University family. You arrive on the Danforth Campus as part of an exceptionally talented group of freshmen, representing a wide range of experiences, intellectual interests and perspectives.

In my estimate: My two cents for the over-advised

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

Wash. U. forces you to take Writing 1 because the administration thinks you can’t write. The Orientation Executive Board gives you Choices to dissuade you from doing what you’ve probably been doing since your sophomore year in high school. Student Life commissions me to write you an advice column because they think you’re starving for the same advice you’ve been getting throughout your last year in high school.

Find friends doing what you love

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

About halfway through my freshman year, I was covering a Student Union meeting for Student Life. By the time the meeting ended around 12:30 a.m., I was worn out from a long day of classes and not particularly looking forward to starting my homework for the night.

Things I picked up along the way

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

There are things you know going in, things you learn along the way, things people tell you that you’ll never believe and things you wish someone had told you to begin with. What follows is a list, in no particular order, of what some of those things are for me.

Don’t forget to dream

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

At this point in your life, you’re receiving lots of practical advice about honing your expectations as well as perfecting both your studying and partying skills. I’m sure people will throw around plenty of different opinions about how many extra-curricular activities you should be involved in, what majors make the most sense and whether or not it’s possible to stay with your high school boyfriend or girlfriend.

A professor’s top ten hints for acing college

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

When Student Life asked me to provide advice for incoming students, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t subject you to your first lecture here at Wash. U. So, I thought about how I might advise our 18-year-old son who will also be starting college this fall. I realized that if I got too long-winded, he would quickly turn to his iPod, so I put this advice in a form that’s more digestible: a top 10 list. So, here are the top 10 pieces of advice I, as a faculty member, would give to incoming students.

Don’t forget to vote

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

As incoming freshmen, you have been and will be faced with a number of important, tough decisions over the course of the summer and fall. Which meal plan should you sign up for? Do you want to live in a single or double? Old dorm or new dorm? Which student groups do you want to join? Do you want to play Intramural sports for your floor? Are you going to stay pre-med? Oh.and who do you want to be the next President of the United States?

Ramen noodles and Pajamas

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

As not to mislead you by the title of this article, please refrain from making assumptions that there are long-held traditions here at Wash. U. of connecting the aforementioned items. In fact, my first piece of advice to you is on behalf of your floormates: do not eat ramen noodles for breakfast.

Hello, Get Out

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

Welcome to Wash. U. Now get ready to leave. Come here, get comfortable, but don’t get complacent. Don’t get me wrong, Wash. U. is great. Savor your first couple of years here. Go to Bears Den at 2 a.m., read out on the hammocks, pull all-nighters, make good friends, figure out what you want, expand your mind.

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