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Old 11-08-2017, 01:08 PM   #2
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I think you should make decisions on how to manage food.

A lot of college students get overweight fast, because a heavy course load eats away from time devoted to cooking, so they go junk food. It is important to not fall into that trap since excess weight will also impact your self-esteem, self-respect and ability to study. "dedication" comes from the same source, so it's dissonant to be devoted to studies but not devoted to fitness at the same time. Usually, there is correlation unless someone is running off past experiences.

If you cook yourself, you spend the least money, but spend the most time. If you have a part-time job that is paying good dough, it's often to your benefit to simply eat out or eat prepared food to spend more time working or studying.

It's not an ideal reference for obvious reasons, but Jared Fogel's weight loss experience is something to be learned from. Subway footlongs are $7 and, if you stack them correctly, can be one of the healthiest items you can eat: high fiber, low calories (650) and predictable expenses.

One footlong for lunch will cost you $210 per month. Someone who is eating the bare minimum of pasta and water spends $80 per month. <$300 is considered to be a good amount to spend on food.

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Another thing I recommend is streamlining your clothes. I wear sweats and a t-shirt everywhere I go, they're cheap, all-purpose, easy to launder and who-cares if they get stained. Washing and drying your clothes, if you have to pay, gets REALLY expensive, to the point I noticed it was cheaper for me to buy underwear at Wal-Mart every 2 weeks rather than wash them.

Do: Hunt your tutors and ask for help at every opportunity. Make friends but be cutthroat. Loans and credit culture shield people away from the truth that college is a huge job interview.

Maybe: Join a fraternity for academic success. They have old exams and homework to make your classes easier. Unless the frat is a party frat, it'll have archives of practice to handle almost every professor on campus.

Don't: Focus too much in the text book. Follow lecture slides, then lecture homework, then instructor-given supplementary papers, and review everything handed to you. The textbook itself should be treated like a reference and only read if you need more practice or a different voice to teach you the same information.
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