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Rule #21: You are generally permitted to just leave after an exam.
I had my first exam this week in psychology class. I'd heard that you get to leave after exams, but I wasn't sure if it was true. It was, and I was the first one to finish. So I had over an extra half hour of time to chill out. Yay!
Rule #22: Don't conform away from who you are.
I've mentioned before the dangers and benefits of being around your peers all day long. Sometimes it's good (getting rid of bad habits, Rule #12). Sometimes it's not (getting new bad habits, Rule #13). When it comes to full-out personality conformity, it is bad.
I'm different from most people. Most people love sports and actually know about how they work and who plays them and stuff. Most people party instead of sitting in their room reading or writing or listening to music. Most people are not disabled; most people are not as religious as I am; most people do not have emotional issues (hahaha). But you know what? I don't have to conform, and I won't. In the end, trying to change who I am as a person is not gonna make me happy. What makes me happy is sitting in my room reading books and listening to music.
Everyone's got something different about them. You have the right to be yourself.
Rule #23: If you're doing a room change, turn in your form ASAP.
Otherwise, the room that you were so excited about may go bye-bye because Housing sticks someone else in it. Then you have to find a new room, without your friend, somewhere not half as cool, and it takes forever, and then you are still stuck in your old room five days later.
Rule #24: The right people are there. You just have to find them.
It's pretty clear at this point that I'm terrible at making new friends. I've been making a couple friends, here and there, but I'd never really found a place where I felt like I belonged.
Yeah, well, guess what? It happened finally! This week, I was invited to this music jam, and I went, and I found real friends! Too bad for them, really, because now I'm going to cling to them like an octopus.They make me feel truly happy for the first time since I got here because they're nice and generally clean-cut, most of them are into music or are similar to me in some other way, and we click. So the moral of the story is that they are there, those people who are like you. You just have to be patient.
Rule #25: Keep calm.
Drama. Drama, drama, drama, drama, DRA-A-MA. Whether it's external or mental, this is what you tell that drama.
Rule #26: Take opportunities when they come.
College isn't just about the academics or about your career path. It's also about having fun. Now, don't change who you are; don't do things you're not comfortable with. But do go out and try things you might conceivably try were you not afraid or inexperienced. Like improvising music when you're a classically trained cellist, or chilling with people maybe a little later than you're used to, or going to a softball game because some of your friends are in it. That's what college is all about. Branching out!
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