||Volume 68, Issue 1, Monday,
August 26, 2002
Having a social life is as important as studying
The time has finally arrived. Like a man impregnated by the insatiable
desire to graduate, I have only nine months left before I am finally out
A year ago in the registration issue I wrote about things students new
to this fine campus needed be familiar with, as far as what goes on
Anyone new on campus this semester should go back and read that article
(Opinion, Aug. 22, 2001), as absolutely nothing has changed.
This time, I decided that, as a senior in my final two semesters, I
would enumerate the many things that I have learned during my
more-than-three years of being a student here. After all, some will
be too busy studying to realize that occasional haphazard partying is an
important part of college. Others may spend too much time partying
and forget that six, seven or eight years from now, they might have to
graduate with an actual degree and get a real job.
During my three years on campus, I have learned that karma is a very
real thing. During my freshman year, the UH Football Team went 7-4 and
barely missed a bowl game. I went around bragging to all my college
buddies around the country that next year would be the one: a National
Championship for UH. We've won three games since.
I've learned that once you get used to open-book tests, it's really,
really hard to deal with closed-book tests. Multiple choice tests, for
reason, do not have the appeal they once did. And, for crying out loud,
even when the professor says he's wrong, he's still right. And don't you
Another thing each of you might want to take to heart is that college
is not just a time to get an education, but also a time to gain experience.
Remember, after you graduate and mommy and daddy cut you out of the
loop, you're going to have to get a job that pays actual money. Part-time
work will not cut it anymore. In order to get that job, you'll probably
need a résumé. Imagine your horror when you sit down to write
one out and
notice you have a startling lack of experience with activities or jobs
which do not also involve drinking cold beer on various lawns.
College is about building friendships and relationships that can last
a lifetime. On normal campuses, that is. UH is not a friendly campus, so
any friends you make on campus during your stay here will probably
be people you went with to high school.
But hope is not lost, people; trust me: get out there and actually try
to make friends. One of my greatest regrets in three years is that I did
the opportunity to acquaint myself with my classmates — especially
that really hot chick in freshman chemistry.
These years, arguably the best of your life, are also a time for establishing
principles and morals for yourself that you will have to live with and
live by for the rest of your life. Perhaps the goofiest country-western
song ever written indicates that if you don't stand for something, you'll
Now is definitely the time for you to start thinking about what you
believe in, why you believe in it and what other alternatives might be.
should you allow the political or religious doctrines your parents
spoon-fed you for years core your belief system.
Question everything, and devote yourself to finding a real answer. If
you're having any trouble figuring out what to believe, I offer assistance
every column I write (because everyone is entitled to my opinion).
So, whether we are friends or enemies, whether you've read my columns
before or not, take my advice, get out there and enjoy college life. Study
hard, work hard, but don't neglect to take some time off to smell the
proverbial roses. Make some new friends, go to a Cougar game every now
and then, and don't forget to have a little fun while you're here.
Regret nothing when you leave this place, because this truly is the prime
life, and you might not get a second chance.
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