So you’ve survived your orientation week, two or three semesters of essays, lectures, and assignments and lived to tell the tale. What now? Second year will have some big decisions in store. Who will you live with? What classes will you take? What will you do to fill your CV?Start by undertaking the arduous task of looking at your grades. How did you do? If you fell a bit short of your goals, think of what could be the problem. Was it your distance from the library? Maybe it was your loud roommate. These questions are important when considering where to live. Sure, living above the local 3 a.m. fast food spot could be fun and convenient, but think about the noise and the distractions.On the other hand, living too far away could mean you’ll find it difficult to find the energy to see your friends or go to class. Think of your schedule, the transportation available to you, and your budget. Sometimes you really don’t have a choice. In that situation, make resolutions. If you’re too far to easily visit friends, make sure to venture onto campus at least once a week outside of class. One idea is to walk. If you force yourself to walk to your far-away class, you’ll dread the trek back and end up studying or meeting friends in town instead of watching TV at home.Also, be honest about your roommates. However close you may be, if they make too much noise or are too dramatic to allow for a calm and stable studying and living environment, living with an acquaintance may be the best call. If you don’t trust yourself to say no to your friends, tell your parents the truth about your situation. They’ll probably force you to find a better roommate.
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