The “bear” necessities: tips and tricks for surviving RMC

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RMCS_4_21_ALL-023By Michaela Shifley –

1. Be prepared to feel overwhelmed; it’s natural, and it’s OK.

2. Don’t procrastinate. You will hate yourself. Trust me.

3. Go to class. Seriously, don’t give in to the temptation to skip classes, because that is a recipe for disaster. Not only are you wasting your money, it also makes you look bad to your professors and other classmates.

4. Netflix is the arch nemesis of homework; you usually cannot successfully do both at the same time.

5. You don’t have to figure out right now what you’re going to do for the rest of your life – minds change.

6. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and take a class that you might not normally take – that’s how you meet new people.

7. Do not get in the shower the same night as the residence hall fire drill.

8. Find the ideal place to study; whether it’s a cozy corner in the library or a booth in City Brew, it’s important to find your best place so that you can be successful.

9. Finals week will be hell. You will hate life. You will wish that you could bang your head against the sidewalk while crying for your mommy. This is normal. Do not panic.

10. From personal experience, I can tell you that you should enjoy your time at RMC while you can. Though it sounds cliche, it really is true that you will be graduating before you know it. Hang out with friends, engage in deep yet meaningless intellectual debates, and revel in the fact that we are young and relatively free.


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