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Words of Wisdom from the CN Seniors

May 3rd, 2007

On Paying Off Debt

“Try and pay as much as you can as quickly as you can. The longer it takes you to pay, the more interest you will pay and ultimately you will pay more.”

-Casey

“I know someone who was able to pay off all of their tuition in college by applying for as many scholarships as he could while in school. It doesn’t hurt to try.”

-Christina

“Don’t panic. You’re going to be able to pay your loans. If you’re unsure of how to go about it or need some help getting started, just ask someone for help, such as your parents or a financial advisor.”

-Marissa

“It’s a life experience to be broke in your years just out of college. Make sure you manage it so it doesn’t go completely out of control, and just go with the flow.”

-Maria

“Let’s be serious. I owe over $25,000 for a communications degree when I am going to be working with dead people in a funeral home.”

-Kelly

On Living with a Roommate

“There really isn’t a universal piece of advice for this topic. It’s like any other relationship: if it’s not working out and it doesn’t feel right, end it. There are plenty of other nice people on campus you could room with. Whatever you do, don’t let it stress you out because as soon as it does everything else in your life will take a backseat and that’s not how you want to live.”

-Marissa

“Live with someone that you’re not really friends with. That way, it’s a lot harder for them to yell at you. Better yet, live alone.”

-Maria

“When problems persist, get a new one.  If you don’t get along with someone, I don’t think you need to force it, especially when you have class and other responsibilities to worry about.  However, if you stick it out, it definitely builds character and it could actually end up working out.”

-Christina

“You will see a whole different side of this person. If you get annoyed about something, don’t keep it in because an hour-long fight is a lot easier to get over than a month of silence.”

-Krystina

“Live with someone you know. Also limit the number of people you live with. Any more than four people makes it more likely that some people will not get along and that makes it uncomfortable for everyone.”

-Casey

On Having a Job While in College

“Make enough money to pay off bills and have money for the weekend, but nothing more. You are a college student, and that is your first priority.”

-Maria

“I think it is almost a necessity. We all need the money, but it also helps you with time management skills. It helps when you are looking for a real job because it shows you can work well with others.”

-Casey

“If you plan on doing this, don’t plan on much else unless you work 5 hours a week.  It can get very burdensome when you have other activities outside of school to handle because you will continually have to either request or call off angering your employer.”

-Christina

“So important. You learn so much about time management and about the real world.”

-Kelly

“I didn’t when I was a freshman and I blew through all the money I made during the summer before Christmas.”

-Krystina

On Relationships

Don’t get serious with anyone for at least the first two years. Hold off longer if you can. College is all about meeting people, playing the field.

-Christina

Do what YOU want to do, always follow your heart.

-Kelly

They’re not your whole life, just an added bonus to your college experience. If you happen to find a person you connect with, congratulations. These things are hard to find. But again, if it’s not working out and it doesn’t feel right, move on. There are plenty of fish in the sea.

-Marissa

Don’t come to college with a boyfriend or girlfriend from high school. You’ll end up spending more time on the phone with them than having fun with your new friends.

-Krystina

It’s important to find someone special, but keep in mind your friends are all ‘someone specials,’ too!

-Maria

On Classes and Homework

Just because everyone else in your class skips all the time, doesn’t mean you should. It might be the reason you get a B instead of an A.

-Krystina

If you can avoid them, don’t take night classes. Don’t stress out during finals. Unless it’s a comprehensive exam, treat it like any other test.

-Casey

Close AIM, remember that Facebook is not a suitable way to spend your time and go to the library or wherever it is that makes you focus. Just get it done.  Then you can go out and do whatever you want.

-Christina

Get it all done. Go to all your classes. But leave time for going out. You can always sleep when you’re 30.

-Maria

Just do your work and go to class. It will pay off in the long run. The less you do, the worse it will be for you.

-Marissa