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25 thoughts on “Advice for College Freshmen, Part II: Academics

  1. I just found this video, but I’m a high school senior this year! Right now
    I’m in the process of auditioning at schools to be a music major. I have my
    last audition (I had 7 in one month) this coming weekend and couldn’t be
    happier, haha, then it’s the real waiting time when everything I needed to
    be in is in! Gah I can’t wait for college

  2. MissKriekentaart April 27, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    My sister studied English & Dutch literature and I remember when she was
    short on time, she read the first 50/100 & Sparknotes synopsis. That way
    you have an idea about how the story goes, but you can also talk a bit
    about the writing style, etc.

  3. I love your perspective on what a Liberal Arts degree means to you. I never
    thought of it that way, and it does make sense. Liberal Arts students have
    a vast potential to be great people in this world because they are usually
    well-rounded. This is coming from a Biology degree student lol.

  4. Well this 4 minute video was more informative and reassuring than the 4
    hour orientation I just attended. Thank you for the advice, and the frank
    understanding of college students that don’t always manage to plan their
    time at all.

  5. Thank you so much for this! I’m leaving for college on Friday and so
    nervous! As someone who is also pursing a degree in English I really
    appreciate your opinion on a Liberal Arts degree’s value.

  6. Aww man, I live in MA and have several friends who go to college in the
    Amherst area (though none of them go to Amherst College, though my best
    friends dad is an alum), and it’s a really great area to go to school! I
    know I’m just another random youtube commenter, but as an incoming
    sophomore in college I remember how nervous I was the night before school
    started, so I just wanted to reassure you that it will work out and you
    will make friends just in case you are as scared as I was!

  7. I’m so excited for you! Dude, I brought way too much stuff freshman year. I
    ended up taking a lot home over winter break.

  8. elliesandpancakes April 28, 2015 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Thanks for this and it’s so great to hear someone being positive about
    liberal arts degrees. I’m about to start a History degree in september and
    knowing me I probably will pack too much.

  9. Yes, this. I put much more stock in syllabi than in reviews. I can deal
    with poor instruction, but poor reading choices will be the death of me.

  10. Another wonderful video. Tomorrow morning I’ll be waking up early and
    driving 1,000 miles to start my first year at Amherst College. Your
    reassuring words are much appreciated!

  11. Rowland Goodbody April 28, 2015 at 2:49 am - Reply

    The only degrees that I think are hard to justify are super specific ones
    like Egyptology, but really, if it’s what you love, why not?

  12. I spent more than the normal amount of time to finish college, not only
    that, but no one in my Physics dept finished in 4 years. Don’t select
    college classes like it’s a race to the finish. I needed to take a writing
    or anthropology class here and there to stay sane. I don’t regret it one
    bit. I also selected classes based on the reading lists the professors gave
    not my classmates’ recommendations… not a great idea, but it made things
    interesting and kept me engaged.

  13. irrelephantnonsense April 28, 2015 at 3:56 am - Reply

    <3 You're consistently so, so great. I actually have a playlist of sort of
    uni/life advice videos and a good few are yours! Going to add these two as
    well. I hope I can be like you in a lot of ways :) Thanks.

  14. I loved these two videos. It’s so interesting to hear from a “normal”
    college perspective since all my liberal arts classes always took a bit of
    a backseat to my studio classes which are completely different.

  15. Both of these videos were so helpful, thank you! I start university in
    about a month, studying English and French, and I’m pretty nervous about
    it, if I’m honest. The prospect of having to move and meet new people and
    make friends and study… it’s all a bit overwhelming. But I am gradually
    coming to terms with it!

  16. Saaaame. I’m much more likely to try and track down a professor to talk
    after class or during their office hours. If I don’t have a question to ask
    or anything to add to the discussion in class, I usually won’t say

  17. Yaaay normal people who can’t get their reading done on time! I am the
    best/worst at this. I have written pretty solid papers on books I’ve only

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