▶ tips for incoming freshmen: lifestyle
this is the first of a series of posts that misnina and i wrote after a bit of a rant. we’re art school (scad) graduates and wanted to pass on some info for all the new freshmen coming in right now. some of this advice is applicable to everyone in college and some of it is just for scad. we’ll be posting them every couple hours so keep an eye out for more. hope it helps! c:
Sleep. Eight hours minimum. You need sleep. Your work will never be as good as you want it to be without proper rest.
Thank your bus driver!
Shower regularly. You will feel better and so will the people around you.
Don’t rely on energy drinks and coffee. Stimulants will keep you awake but they will never be a substitute for rest. Again — keep a regular sleep schedule.
Learn to be self sufficient. When you’re not sure how to do something, Google it.
Don’t work when you are tired. It will affect your work, take you longer to work, and you will make poor decisions.
Go to bed. Sleep for a good amount of time. You will learn more and think clearly when you’ve had sleep.
Don’t use cutting or power tools when you’re tired or in a rush. There’s always a story every quarter of someone who went to the ER because of some mishap with the Xacto knife. You don’t want that to be you — it’s not worth it.
Get a first aid kit. Know where it is.
If you have problems keeping yourself in working shape and your environment clean, do not get a pet.
It’s okay to eat alone in the cafeteria. There’s nothing wrong with you if you’re not having lunch with friends. No one is going to think it’s weird. This isn’t high school.
Upperclassmen are not scary. There’s a good chance that we want to help you out, or we just don’t care either way because we just want to graduate already.
Drama isn’t worth it. This really isn’t high school.
Learn how to do chores like the laundry, doing dishes, cooking, etc. Even if you think you know how, try looking it up online just to be sure. There are a lot of people who don’t realize that they were doing something incorrectly, and that’s okay. Just make an effort to relearn.
Eat. Try to eat well. You need energy to work. No matter how romantic it sounds, you cannot subsist on coffee and cigarettes alone.
Drink water, especially in the hot months. Take care of your body and you will take care of your mind.
Get membership/discount cards at places such as Blick and Kroger. Especially if you have a car, your points at Kroger can save you in gas. Use your coupons.
Always tip at restaurants. If you can’t afford to tip, you can’t afford to go out to eat.
People with cars are not your chauffeurs. Be respectful of their time and if you need to ask them to take you somewhere, do it far in advance. Offer to pay for gas or buy them lunch.
There are groups for everything at most colleges! if you’re feeling a little out of place, looking for a club to join is a great place to start.
By the same token, you are not required to socialize when you don’t feel like it.
Don’t walk around at night alone. Savannah is not as charming at night as it is during the day.
Make sure you have the number of a cab company, the local police, SCAD security, paramedics, and the fire department in your phone.
SLEEP. Get a regular sleep schedule going. Seriously.
You don’t have to date. It’s okay to be alone. You’re here to learn and prepare for the future. You and your partner should be aware of the importance of your education.
Take a portable umbrella with you everywhere. Random showers are very common in Savannah.
You can technically bike everywhere in Savannah, but it is not that easy. Take the laws of the road and your safety seriously. Make sure your bike has a light on it for night.
Establish rules with your roommate. Even about sex. It’s awkward, but it’s a lot less awkward than walking in on someone. If you want, blame some text post you read on Tumblr for why you have to talk about it. Just do it.
Don’t latch lock your roommate out.
Don’t take people’s clothes out of the communal laundry. Yes, you suspect that they went to class and left it there for hours, but still don’t do it.
Don’t leave your laundry in a machine while you go to class. Get it out in a timely manner.
Be careful about spreading yourself thin. Don’t promise yourself to too many causes or groups. Make time for yourself.
Get some sunlight. Especially if your major is based out of Monty.
also about the bike light - it is illegal to ride at night in savannah without a light in front and reflector in back, and you can be fined. you can also be fined for riding thru the middle of forsyth or on the sidewalk instead of the road. helmets are only required if youre under 16 but WEAR ONE THEY HAVE SAVED MY LIFE AND THAT OF FRIENDS.