• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

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    Mathematics & Computer Science

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College “Hacks”

As Fall draws near each day, I thought I’d offer some suggestions that may help one to hit the ground running once the new semester starts. This comes from my experience having gone through 4 semesters already and heading to my fifth semester in college.

1. Books

If you check your email, you might be receiving a ton of messages from students looking to buy or sell books. This is always, mostly, the best place to get books from as a number of students would have taken the course and would probably tell you a thing or two about what the professor or instructor will cover from the text. This is a perk you won’t get from Amazon or Chegg or any other external source. Not all books are available so plan B is to outsource.

2. CSS Apparel

I have found out that most apparel is provided for free at some point and if you attend whatever event or program is going on. However, if you want your gear right at the beginning the Saints Shop on campus is the best place to go…especially the sale section – which beings me to my third and final hack:

3. Finances

The goal for most of my friends is to spend less than they get… meaning avoiding the negatives by all means. This is tough to do in college. There’s a lot going on and a lot one can do but I have found what works for me is to prioritize what I want to spend on. I opt for a limited meal plan and make it up with trips to grocery store once or twice a month and an occasional stop at Chipotle. I wouldn’t do this if I was on a full meal plan and wanted to make the most out of it. Again this is subjective and I know some people and some of my friends who think otherwise.

Happy Friday and hope thesw hacks are helpful as you look to get started with a new semester at CSS!


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