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What is College Like for Robert?
Get answers about daily life on campus from a finance and accounting major from Hong Kong, China.
- What is a typical day for you on campus?
I start off the day by eating a nutritious breakfast and getting ready for class. Some of my classes are spread throughout the day, so I go in and out of my dorm room. I usually have club or team project meetings in the evenings. I also head to the gym and work out at the end of the day. Sometimes I choose to go the library or studying lounge at my school for studying.
- What do you do for fun? Do you stay at school and get involved with the recreational activities available on campus or go home over the weekend?
I rarely get involved with the recreational activities on campus. I usually go home over the weekend, which can become stressful sometimes because I can never get my work done.
- That's the biggest difference between life in high school and life in college?
High school is about fitting in for popularity and respect from classmates. College is about fitting in for networking opportunities and academic reasons. Life in high school seems very routine and restricted, but life in college offers much more flexibility and freedom.
- What's the easiest way to meet people and make friends?
Be the initiator and the active voice in group meetings, classes, and social events. Join a worthwhile organization and stick with it for a long time.
- How did you decide on a major?
I looked at four factors when considering my major: financial compensation, flexibility, interests, and future growth.
- What were the most helpful classes you took in high school to prepare you for college?
AP English allows me to write better. AP History allows me to look at a problem with a more thorough analysis. All my math classes allow me to solve many mathematics problems in school or at work.
- Is there enough help available if you have trouble with a class?
There is always enough help if you are willing to ask persistently. Earn friends that are willing to help and to share their knowledge. Professors and teaching assistants usually have flexible office hours for tutoring. There is no need to pay for additional help.
- How did you choose a college or university?
Financial and academic reasons were my two main factors for deciding on a college. I chose The University of Texas at Austin because it is affordable and has a prestigious business school.
- Do you live on campus or off campus? What advantages or disadvantages are there to living on or off campus?
I choose to live on campus because it is very convenient to go to classes and meetings. It takes me around five minutes to get to most of my classes. Living on campus gives the distance convenience, but housing is more expensive. Living off campus has the distance disadvantage, but housing is cheaper and it offers a different atmosphere from the university campus.
- If you could go through high school again, what would you do differently?
I would relax more in high school. I would maximize the number of times I take the SAT. I would just have more fun in high school because I cared too much for my grades back then.
- Do you consider your college lifestyle to be balanced and healthy?
I consider my college lifestyle fairly balanced and healthy in areas such as studying, social, exercise, and nutrition, but I need to improve my sleep/rest and relaxation habits. Most people I know lack a balanced and healthy lifestyle. They stay up late, eat food that is not healthy, and use most of the time for play and not for study.