A list of very important yet simple tips I wish I had read about when I was a freshman in college. No, seriously, instead of advising me to visit a college counselor with my doubts and questions, brochures and information documents everywhere should’ve emphasized on some of these:
ALWAYS go to orientation day of anything. You want to become part of that cool association? You want to figure out how to use the library services? GO. TO. ORIENTATION. DAY.
Never miss first day of any class. It creates an impression on your professor. Many won’t care, many won’t even start discussing anything but many will give you: syllabus, test dates, overview of classwork, warnings, scary warnings, really scary warnings, etc.
Stop wishing for the cancellation of classes and get work done ahead of time instead.
Don’t sabotage yourself and create a habit of GOING TO CLASS REGULARLY. Don’t be absent unless you really, really, REALLY need it.
Have Mental Health days AKA days you’ll use to not go to class without any particular reason except for “I can’t” Mines are 3 per semester and I make it a point to only use them once a month during the beginning because absent during November or December? Honey, that’s suicide.
Create relationships with professors that interest you. There will always be a professor you will find interesting, get out of your comfort zone, ignore what all other students think and try to get close to that professor. Think: extracurricular experience, recommendation letters & CV boosters. Maybe that professor has a research lab you can volunteer in or a program you can participate in, etc.
Only join clubs and associations that interest you. You’re prone to leave a better mark and do some of your best work if you join associations you have true interest in. Otherwise you’ll just waste your time.
Bring your own food. No seriously, never starve and try to avoid buying as much as possible. Whenever you find yourself low in cash, you will hate yourself for spending all of it on food, coffee and treats. Bring a lunch bag and stuff yourself with fruits, veggies, proteins and juices whenever possible.
Rats can be a horrible nuance and pest to deal with especially if they’ve managed to invade inside your home. The biggest issue with these guys is touching/stepping on their excrement or pee by mistake which can then lead to doctor visits and maybe even hospitalizations. Today I’ll share my top best tips to avoid rats anywhere.
- Close your doors before evening. In reality, your doors should be closed at all times but once it’s dark out, these guys get the courage to come and get dangerously close to your home and doors, therefore, make sure all points of entry to your home are closed.
- Get a cat or a dog. Rats won’t stand a chance against any cat they’re natural enemies and the moment a cat is present in your home, rats will steer clear almost immediately. Not all dogs are persistent on hunting down rats, some are even scared of them but most dogs will keep them away.
- Poison. The traditional go to method, the problem is that if you have small children in your house, it’ll be difficult to keep the kids away from the poison whether you set it balls, dust trails or food you’ve mixed the poison with. It’s still one of the best as rats tend to bring food back to their nests. With one poisoned rat, you kill them all.
- Glue traps. For when you have a rat that’s already sneaked inside your home. Set these traps with a piece of food (not necessarily cheese, just something that won’t rot easily), and leave them near the area where you last saw the rat.
- Avoid accumulating trash. Trash that’s been accumulated for a long time will attract rats, it’s inevitable because they’ll relate the smell of food left overs with the zone where you put your trash can outside. Which brings me to my next tip.
- Avoid throwing out food with the trash. Set aside a spot in your refrigerator for food left overs no one will eat, are about to go bad or already did. Freeze them in your refrigerator to avoid having to deal with the smell or maggots and get rid of them the day your local trash pick-up truck drives by.