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February 6, 2014

How to: Thrive as a Pioneer

February 6, 2014 | By | No Comments

This one goes out to all my high school peeps who are looking into MidAmerica!

College is a nerve-racking thought/experience; don’t get too ahead of yourself. 
It’s not as scary as TV says!
This place will become your home. 

Here are 5 specific pieces of advice to thrive as a Pioneer:

1) Seconds are okay…sometimesWe’ll start off easy.
The buffet style food sends your brain synapses into a whirlwind. THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS. 
The freshman 15 is a real crisis that deserves attention in today’s society.
In all seriousness, get ready for an overload..
O and don’t forget SPICY CHICKEN THURSDAYS; it’s like manna from the Lord and BACON FRIDAYS; if you get up…
And I know you’re wondering, and yes, it is okay to have cereal FOR EVERY MEAL
Just take it slow, alright.

2) Wear big coats.
This one has to be kept under wraps…
It’s also multi-faceted.
Wear a coat/ because this is Kansas and who knows what the weather will throw at ya
and also wear one  so you can sneak more than 1 piece of fruit out of Campus Center..SHHHHH

Moving on.

3) Write it down.

There will be a lot going on.
This is a beautiful opportunity to get organized. The flip side isn’t going with the flow, it is getting overtaken by the flash-flood-type waters.
Use different colors for social events, tests, readings OR you can categorize by classes!
However you do it, WRITE IT DOWN.
Trust me…

4) Save, save, Savers

College means you don’t “pay as you go”
You pay at specific times and after your 4 years.
This means it will seem like you have a lot of money at times to “JUST SPEND”
This may be true, but you should start a savings account in case of a rainy day (We already talked about how the weather changes)
Fellas, you might get a lady, in that case, there are a lot of “rainy days” AKA Starbucks trips.
Another way to save money is to shop at Savers, it’s like a Goodwill.
On my list of steals, not literally, from there is a $10 pair of Sperry’s, a $3 Ralph Lauren Polo scarf, and a $8, $200 Bally dress shoes. 
#getsome

5) Yes. Yes. No.Say yes to things more than you say no.
This is college and a smaller college at that; that means numerous opportunities.
My freshman year I was the Freshman Associated Student Government President, in the play and musical, a student blogger, working in admissions, on the improv team, playing intramurals, working at Chick-Fil-A. Needless to say, I should have said “NO” to a few things and “HECK NO” to a couple others.
In short, GET INVOLVED, but don’t load your plate too full. Then you won’t enjoy it.
BUT, get off your booty and out of your dorm room, go to Wal-Mart with friends and play some tag or something.
Take advantage of the big and little things.grid

6) I know, I said 5, get over it. 

This one needs your utmost attention.
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP RIGHT AWAY.
You come to college and figure out who you are, what you’re becoming, and who you want to be.
There is NO need to throw someone else in the mix right away.
Don’t argue with me. 

We are not settlers; WE ARE PIONEERS. 

There you have it, the 1st installment of the “How to:” series from yours truly

Comment with questions, comments, and/or suggestions for the next installment!

Keep on and keep God, 
Joey

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