In the first episode of the freshoutofsomewhere podcast, we are joined by 2 special guests: Yama Marong and Hunter Lockett. Real people, real stories of students who attend The University of North Texas. We take a candid deep dive into sexual harassment, dating, and consent within college culture. content warning: strong language, and mild sexual themes“
“Do you feel safe on campus?” was the question posed to several students at UNT. After filming the podcast, I wanted to hear additional stories and perspectives on this topic. Pictured below are 3 young women who all have varying opinions on sexual harassment & safety on campus:
As a junior in college I have taken many classes at this point and there are some very healthy study habits and classroom expectations I have picked up along the way that would have helped me tremendously coming into college as a freshman.
No technology in class: (this rule will not apply in courses where computers are required) I prefer pen and paper to taking notes on my laptop simply because it was too easy to get distracted by incoming emails and other projects I needed to work on. I encourage you to leave your phone in your bag and close your laptop for a class and see how much more you retain from your lectures!
Don’t do other homework/work in class: At first it starts out as only taking a few minutes to focus on something else and by the time you finish what ever you were working on class is dismissed and you missed an entire lesson! Intentionally devote your time to what your top priority is in that moment, if you do this there will never be something more important to do in class than listen to your professor.
Always attend professor office hours: Professors are truly there to help students and the relationships you can make with them are invaluable. Show up to their office at least once a semester to monitor your performance and show them you care. If you get the feeling your professor is actively trying to hold you back from succeeding in their class talk to your Dean!
Complete EVERY extra credit opportunity: Even if you do not need extra credit do the assignments anyway. The assignments help you gain a deeper understanding of the course and they earn you some cushion points in something drastic happens and your grade drops unexpectedly at any point in the semester. When final grades start coming out the smallest point margins make all the difference between A and B.
Always have readings done before class: This certainly goes without saying, but make sure you have devoted enough time to read all the assigned material, because a couple of hours may not be enough. Think about what you are trying to take from the readings. Do you need to write outlines or make comments? Analyzing readings takes much longer than just reading them so give yourself the opportunity to understand your material.
Study for at least 2 consecutive days before tests: Depending on how much material the test will cover the number of days will change. Make sure you don’t stress yourself out by cramming! When you cram and start realizing what you haven’t mastered you may feel stupid when you aren’t. No one masters anything the hour before they are tested on it, so again give yourself the opportunity to succeed by planning ahead. REMEMBER: Don’t make your experience harder than it has to be!
Write for 6 consecutive days before a paper is due: This time frame also depends on how long the paper should be or how many objectives you are ask to cover. I use the 6 day rule for a 15 page paper to include research and writing. The research time is usually underestimated by students. With enough time you can do quality research and prepare a nice variety of information to help support your argument or strengthen your analysis.
Use a planner: Perhaps the most important tool to use for succeeding in college is the planner. As all these tips suggest time management determines most of your overall performance so do not rely on your memory to remember everything you have to do. College has way to many distractions to keep you from retaining all the information you receive–write it down!
Bottom line: Do not let grades define your intelligence–only your preparation and work ethic! Poor preparation can always be fixed and brilliance exists in everyone.
In the comments below share some college survival tips you have picked up along the way!
Honestly, I’m tryna stay focused. You must think I got
to be joking….”
With over 43 million downloads on Spotify, Summer
Walker splashed into the public eye with her hit single ‘Girls Need Love’. This
song is what drew me into Summer Walker but the rest of her musical collection
and the aesthetic she provides is what made me a fan.
Summer Walker announced that she was going on her
Girls need Love tour so I of course had to secure a ticket for the Dallas show.
This was a big deal for me because I’m a big fan of her music but I also planned
on going alone. As a 20 something on the path of self-discovery, I am trying to
do more things that I enjoy. I especially want to do those things alone.
I was very excited, nervous, and anxious for this
concert. There were so many questions and variables up in the air. Would I
regret going alone? Would I even have fun? Am I going to get judged if people I
know see me alone? What if Summer Walker cancels? Will I get to meet her? Will I
get a good spot to actually see her?
So many scenarios were running through my mind and it
only got worse and worse as the day of the concert approached.
The day was finally here!! All her songs had been on
repeat all week and I had practiced my vocals and lyrics. I was so nervous. At this
point, this was OUR concert.
The concert was being held in downtown Dallas and I was
able to secure a good parking spot fairly close to the location and for free! (If
you’ve ever been to downtown Dallas especially on a Saturday night, you know
this was a huge accomplishment.)
I walked to this super long line with ticket in hand,
feeling like Beyoncé on the outside but butterflies were doing a Simone Biles
level performance on the inside.
By the time I got inside the venue there was already a little crowd of people surrounding the stage but since I was alone it was easy for me to wiggle my way closer to the front (look at God!).
Now I’m not going to bore you with the details of how I had to wait over two hours for Summer Walker to come out, how I painfully stood through two surprise openers that were not good, or the fight that almost broke out right next to me in a crowded space with the exit nowhere in immediate sight because this guy bumped into this girl and didn’t apologize.
Instead I will tell you about how excited I was when
summer walker finally came on stage, how I sang to my heart’s content without
any judgement, and how for what felt like only for a few minutes, I was able to
drown myself in melodic music that had helped me through hard days and long
This experience was not the best. It didn’t change my
life or make me feel like I went on some deep self-discovery, eat, pray, love
journey. I didn’t make some amazing friends or learn how to confidently stand
alone. I actually spent most the night irritated because of all the standing
None of that matters. I did something that I was very
anxious and nervous about and I did it by myself. There was a time that I wouldn’t
even have bought a ticket. I would have hovered my finger over the checkout box
and I would have let my anxiety trick me into thinking I would be better off if
I just stayed at home.
That night I didn’t stay at home. I was brave. I did what I said I wanted to do.
That night, this girl, had all the loved she needed.