Hello everyone! It's late August and that means classes have either just started for a lot of you, or are going to very soon. If you're not prepared to learn, you're going to have a tough time in your university courses. There are so many things out there to distract you from your homework, especially with the lovely weather we get here in South Carolina. Don't forget that you (or your parents, or the government) are investing a lot of time and money into your education right now to reap the benefits from having a degree later in life. If you flake out and don't make it through your first year, the person you'll be letting down the most is yourself.
Now, for you folks that are headed to college for the first time, don't get me wrong. College is going to be the greatest experience of your life! It was for me, anyway. It's important to have a balanced social life and academic experience. After college, all your friends will start to become your "connections" as you move through life to various places and positions. Trust me, I've been there and done that. I even got the t-shirt. ;)
So it's a time for learning. Open your mind and prepare for the coming year of classes the best you can. Get a planner and use it. Find study buddies and make friends in your classes. You'll find that slogging through your homework alone takes a toll on your mind. Having other people going through the same classes and using their perspectives to help you along is a great advantage. Not only is it time to learn in school, but you've reached the point in life where you have your own fiscal responsibilities too. Learning to manage your money is going to be vital when you're living away from home. Learning when to spend your dough on pizza and when to spend it on ramen noodles should become second nature to you. Learning to take advantage of free events with your friends will save you a TON of money throughout the year and throughout your college life. Last Band Standing is one such free event, but you were going to go to that anyway. =P
Just keep in mind that college can be the best time of your life if you make it that way for yourself. Living away from home can be liberating, but take everything in moderation. If you guys and gals have questions for me about my time at school, or if you have a situation you're not prepared to deal with on your own, just e-mail me or leave me a message on Facebook or Twitter and I'll gladly chat with you about it. Money matters, roommate matters, class matters, or whatever, I'm all ears. =)
Have fun in your first few weeks of class, and good luck.