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College advice from a Sewanee junior

College 101 - Beer Pong.jpgWelcome back to Freshman Orientation. And who better to give advice than a current student? So, today's guest lecturer is Kelly O'Mara, a junior studio art and English major at Sewanee: The University of the South.

Remember everyone is just as nervous and insecure as you are -- you aren't the only one. On top of that, here are three tips:

Kelly O'Mara.jpgFind a place to study that is best for you.
It is important to really be honest on the ideal study situation. It might be in the library, an empty classroom, your dorm room, etc. The best place for me is in the basement of the library - there are no windows and people can't find me, which means there are no distractions. Everyone at Sewanee has their own secret spots - some of my friends won't even tell me where they go.

The best time to do laundry is on Friday or Saturday night.
I know it makes me sound as if I am not social, but it's okay not to go out every weekend. It will help you keep your sanity if you can just have some alone time.

Avoid being too shy.
If it is in your nature to just stay in your room, you need to step out of that comfort zone and meet people in your hall, suite mates or people in the grade level. Remember that these are the people that are going to be with you for the next four years. Some of the best friends I have today are the people that I met during the first week of my freshman year, and some of those relationships might not have been developed if I hadn't put myself out there."

(Photo taken by Buck Butler, Office of Marketing and Communications at Sewanee.)

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By Jenna Johnson  |  July 27, 2010; 2:27 PM ET
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Oddly enough, found the best time to do laundry was Sunday morning if you didn't have religious obligations already in that slot; most everyone I knew wasn't doing laundry then because they were either sleeping off a night of heavy partying or were in church (and hence not in the laundry room).

Actually, living in an apartment with an on-site (but not in-unit) laundry room, Sunday AM seems to be a good time to do laundry, too.... I suspect more people are in church than sleeping off a raucus Saturday night this time around, though. :)

Posted by: forget@menot.com | July 28, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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