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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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What’s college life really like?

As a junior hearing a lot about the 'college experience', I'm starting to wonder what university life is actually like. Is it just studying and parties or is there more to it? How do you balance social life with academic responsibilities, and what do you wish you'd known before heading to college? Honestly, any perspective on this would help me set some realistic expectations!

8 months ago

Understanding the college experience is actually quite multifaceted—it extends well beyond the clichés of studying and socializing. You'll likely find that time management is key to balancing academic and social commitments. You'll likely benefit from creating a structured schedule that allocates time for classes, studying, extracurriculars, and relaxation.

Also, don't underestimate the need for personal time; it’s crucial for mental health. In college, you’ll also have opportunities to explore new interests, join various clubs, and even partake in research or work-study programs.

What I wish more incoming freshmen knew about is the importance of seeking help when needed, whether it’s academic support or mental health services. Colleges often have abundant resources such as tutoring centers and counseling services. Lastly, keep in mind that every student's experience is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Be open to adjusting as you go.

8 months ago

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