By UnigoOver the years, we have asked college upperclassmen and college grads to share their college advice for college-bound students who are just starting college. In addition to the usual suggestions about taking classes and grades seriously and making sure to finish with a degree, we learned a lot about some of the other aspects of college living. Here are just a few excerpts from our collection of advice from those who have been there. Before I ever started college, I wish I’d known….. I’d have to learn to sleep with the lights on, radio blaring, and the phone ringing (bring earplugs!). That college isn’t all fun and games. It’s hard work and takes a lot of self-discipline. Not to get so busy that I don’t have time for people. Schedule time to just relax and have some fun. That getting used to a college roommate is like getting married without being engaged. It takes a great deal of compromise, lots of give and take to live constantly with one person. I should let those minor irritations go by, but if something really important bothers me, I should talk it over. That I should be not afraid to ask questions. That if I keep up with the reading I can avoid the last minute panic. The way to remember is to review, review, review. Loneliness is expected. It takes time to form close friendships. There is more learning in college than just what happens in the classroom. To take advantage of on-campus events like concerts, clubs and discussion groups. Don’t go home every weekend – it prevents you from connecting with others, getting to know your campus and making it your home. Sign up for a class you know nothing about – stretch yourself. It’s OK to ask for help. Sign up for tutoring early on. Don’t wait until you’re drowning. Participate in study groups. Establish relationships with your professors – they are great people to know. Have more college living tips for students who are just starting out in college? Share them by commenting below – we’d love to know what you think!