Life in university

Discussion in 'Life Lessons' started by datechboss101, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. datechboss101

    datechboss101 Well-Known Member

    Posts:
    295
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Location:
    Orlando
    well, ima gonna get to the point... I just paid the $200 admission fee for Florida International University, in which I am going to be attending from June and looking at graduating at a faster pace. However, I need advice on what I should do and shouldn't do at uni, as any experience I gained from the local community college is a joke.
     
  2. Nam1911a1

    Nam1911a1 Well-Known Member

    Posts:
    430
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2016
    Location:
    Southern Indiana
    If you want to get good grades the standard for studying is two hours of studying for every hour of class.
     
  3. Rusty Accord

    Rusty Accord Well-Known Member

    Posts:
    434
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2017
    Location:
    USA
    That, and lots of notes. I had 1 class that was basically a 2 hour lecture(met twice a week for 4 hours total). Anything talked about, and written on the chalkboard or dry erase board (we switched rooms a couple of times) was on the test. The girl sitting next to me didn't take notes at first (like I was), but after the first test she was taking them. We might have had a "class book", but the instructor bounced around in it so much that I barely opened it the entire semester (relying on my notes). I ended up acing the class due to good note taking. :)
     
  4. BlkCurrantKord

    BlkCurrantKord Super Moderator

    Posts:
    9,289
    Likes Received:
    41
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Location:
    Ohio
    Pay attention, learn fast, and realize that no one is going to hold your hand. If you need help, use the tutoring services available through the university.
     
  5. DarkSideAccord

    DarkSideAccord nadeshiko fobz ftw..

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    17,676
    Likes Received:
    22
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2005
    Location:
    CA
    get a job as a computer lab assistant... u get to study while getting paid $$$
     
  6. datechboss101

    datechboss101 Well-Known Member

    Posts:
    295
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Location:
    Orlando
    I have been using tutoring, and it does help me understand things alot better than just the lectures and the text book (e-book at times).

    I was looking at this option and its on one my choices on how I should earn money and pay off my student loans and credit card debt because why not start my credit history a bit early...

    So, basically, I should study at least 4 hours for a 2 hour class per week?

    I never took notes and this semester (I'm dual enrolling in a college while in high school, a common practice found in Florida education system) I started to and it does help alot. The only thing is that I am scratching my head around on how to take notes, like format style and whatnot, as I am using my laptop now to take notes instead of my iPad mini 1G (entire screen has cracks).
     
  7. kn0x47

    kn0x47 Senior Member

    Posts:
    3,732
    Likes Received:
    18
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Location:
    Birmingham, AL
    get to know your adviser and/or department chair and ask them a lot of questions. ie, if you get a poor grade in a class and you want to retake it will they average the two grades together or replace it completely? If there's an "emphasis" or specialty focus (basically a certain group of electives) offered as part as your degree, then ask if that will be written on your diploma. I got screwed on both of those issues cause i didnt find out the correct answer till it was too late. You might be surprised how much easier things can be if you understand how the "system" works

    i know you want to graduate quickly but i'd highly recommend a coop or internship. Companies want people with experience even from a college grad. Even if a job offer states "0 years experience required" they still do want someone with experience.

    Did you get your associates from the community college? I ended up transfer to a 4 year college before finishing at the junior college and had to take more core classes. The year i took my last core class i found out that if had i transferred the 1 class credit i needed back to the junior college then i would have gotten my associates and wouldn't have had to take any core classes at the 4 year college. (so about a year of college was wasted)

    be friendly, get to know your classmates, and join any study group you can with your classmates. It'll probably take up more time of your day doing that but in the end you should understand and remember the material better than studying by yourself.

    what are you going to FIU to study?
     
  8. datechboss101

    datechboss101 Well-Known Member

    Posts:
    295
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Location:
    Orlando
    I'm going to study medicine, which will tact me on an addition 8-10 years of school and training for my specialty within medicine, after my 4 years of undergrad. I haven't gotten my AA as I start dual enrolling this school year.

    I might also do some internships since I do also plan on double majoring (IT might be my 2nd major). I tried the group studying thing in college last semester, and I found out that nobody wants to do that, which kinda screwed me up a bit, as I do learn best in a group.
     
  9. Rusty Accord

    Rusty Accord Well-Known Member

    Posts:
    434
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2017
    Location:
    USA
    My son's wife took a specialty nursing course at our local Community College (accredited). She had already been an EMT (still is) for 8 years, and is now a full time nurse. She went into nursing, mainly to help people, but also because her EMT job was more of a part time job (about 35 hours per week). Now that she's an RN at a hospital (working 48-50 hours), on her EMT job she only works about 3 days a week. She loves her job, and the work.
     
  10. datechboss101

    datechboss101 Well-Known Member

    Posts:
    295
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Location:
    Orlando
    I am not sure what is the best financial option here, but what do you guys recommend for me to do for paying my university? I am looking at either talking with my bank for a loan or doing the federal study-work grant thing.

    Also not sure if parking is included or not, but here is the link if ya'll want to help me out:

    https://onestop.fiu.edu/financial-aid/tuition-and-fees/
     

Share This Page