just remember that engineering is about persistence ... if you keep banging your head against the wall you'll get through it - eventually.
I recommend a minimum of 5 yrs, stretch it to 6 if you can.
also take some psychology - easy classes, lots of women, and you'll need it to balance out your crappy engineering gpa (if you're doing it right).
Also - if you're in the Towers and some girls come around asking if anyone wants to start up a game of Twister - you do. don't question it - just drop everything and put Mom on hold.
Actually engineering is about eventually realizing that while you've been banging your head against the wall for the past 4 years, you've been standing right next to a sawzall, an arc welder and that right behind you is a backhoe and a crane with attached wrecking ball. You're an engineer when you figure out that these, and not your head, are what you need to use to get through the wall.
You can't die. That would upset the equilibrium in the Cave.
2) That said, in your "spare" time keep busy as well. Join a club and/or party your tail off.
You must do both. Figuring out how to balance both is one of the secrets of life.
Get a degree + figuring out how to do the club / party thing = WIN.
Learn balance, priorities, deadlines. Learn the importance of giving up a party to study your *** off. Learn studying your *** off so you can go to a party.
Do it all- be a great student AND a great participant in social activities whether it is a church group, photography club, or a kegger.
This, right here, is all you need to know.
Rule #1: Don't be lazy. Study hard, play hard, party hard. And you will have an awesome time. Don't spend your time laying around if at all possible. There are so many things to do and people to meet. You just have to seek and you shall find!
Nope not going to convince me that making college a "job" is good advice. As a matter of fact it might be the worst advice I have ever heard. Like I said you have 30-40 years on the other side of college to work. Why not try and have some fun before life drags you down.
and any nerd in college that is worried about how much per credit hour he/she is paying isn't partying anyway.
****pushing up glasses***
***puffing on inhaler***
"gee i should go to class today because it is 15 for that credit hour"
I'm guessing you get super wasted every night, wear sweatpants to class, and make it an awkwardly painful experience for everyone around as you try to hit on the hot chick in your "super tough" econ 101 class about your drinking adventures.
I followed the 40 hour a week principle the best I could and it worked for me. I was never one for getting hammered during the week. I scheduled early classes so I could study in the early afternoon, workout in the late afternoon, and relax during the evening. The weekend is when I did my drinking. And you can do that in the real world, but you won't. You won't have near as many friends in such close proximity in the real world. And really, how fun are the bars in Ames on a Tuesday night? Not very.
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