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The Worst Things to Do in College

Written by admin, Saturday, April 18th, 2009 in Culture, School and Work
collegeEvery so often, Well Cultured gets an e-mail from a college student desperately needing help to survive college- or a highschooler worried about what to expect. While everyone has a little bit of rough time in college, often the big problems- the life-ending sort of mishaps that leave you with a .5 GPA and no job- can be avoided so long as you do the right stuff. With that being said, here are some of the worst things you can do in college- by some of us who have been there ourselves.

Spending too Much

Spending too Much
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For some reason, some people who go to college determine it the prime time to spend as much cash as possible as quickly as possible- and yes, for those of you keeping score, this is a bad idea. While you should never limit yourself excessively in college (make sure you have everything you need- there's no point in suffering over something you can pay back when you have a job), but spending excessively on a fancy car, ridiculously expensive technology, new clothes, and everything else will leave you regretting it later. Lots of students graduate with significant amounts of non-school related credit card debt- don't be one of them.

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7 Responses to The Worst Things to Do in College

  1. Wallaby says:

    Honestly, everything in moderation is the best practice. If you follow the advice on number 10… well, I feel sorry for you if you can’t allow yourself some time to drink without having it take over your health and life.

  2. typingfromwork says:

    It’s all well and good telling people what not to do, but they will do it regardless. This is because people learn better through experience.

    My advise- do ALL of the above, then you’ll find out that things like getting drunk really aren’t all that big a deal and instead concentrate on the more important things in life.

  3. John says:

    The author sounds like a prude who either didn’t enjoy college, or never went to college at all.

  4. Anonymous says:

    From #10, “when of the legal age” in most countries the legal age for drinking is 18, we’re not all as backwards as the US.

  5. Bond says:

    Can we get some sauce on #9?

  6. JanLid says:

    @John – April 22nd, 2009 at 3:27 pm
    Indeed, he sounds like a pretty boring guy to me.

  7. Anonymouse says:

    No, the Author’s not a prude, he’s someone who *has* very much experienced these things, and is trying to make certain others don’t fall into these common drains on life… I can say this from experience, having *done* several of thse things… Things like embarassing photos or throwing away money, or forgetting there’s the *real* world outside of college are very legitimate problems, and avoiding this results in a person much smarter and able to handle real life after graduation, rather than living in the college party, party, party mindset forever, and being shellshocked by real life of trying to find a job & a place to live and being under incredible debt hitting them square in the face instantly afterward;

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