• 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..

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy


Yes, you read that right – this is a post about bad advice!

Given that Academic Advisement kicks off on Wednesday, March 20 and goes all the way through Friday, March 29, 2019, I am of the opinion that too many good advice is being thrown around, and believing in balance, here is some free bad advice that I have given myself during such times:

  • Pretend to be a Bulldog: UMD is pretty cool as a sister school. But know what I thought to be cooler? Walking the halls of UMD pretending to be a UMD student! This idea was so bad that it only happened once, and I quickly retreated to CSS, to continue my life as a Saint. I might give it another shot before graduation tho.
  • Complete an assignment after consuming a Chipotle Burrito: Have you ever ate a heavy meal and asked yourself how much food that was? Like if you weighed, say, x pounds, then ate the meal and weighed yourself again, you’d be 2x pounds?! I once ate this huge Chipotle burrito that sometime after, I googled “how much does a Chipotle burritos weigh”. I found this post that measured a burrito weighing 669.4 grams (the equivalent of 1.47577 pounds)! I must have eaten something like that before I gave up on doing an assignment for lying down in my bed and contemplating my decisions.
  • Sign up for LinkedIn Learning while taking a full course load:  LinkedIn Learning offers online professional courses, at a monthly cost of $29.99, plus taxes, and an annual cost of $299.88, plus taxes. There’s so much good content that I thought it was a good investment until my normal CSS coursework had the better of me. I couldn’t find time to even go through the LinkedIn Learning courses that I had paid for, so I cancelled the subscription and only wished I had taken it up over winter break or summer instead.
  • Throw away freshman year notebooks: I have this thing of holding on to notebooks… my blood and sweat! I almost convinced myself I would not need any notes from classes I took 2 or 3 years ago, until I became a TA for those classes and realized I could save myself time by just perusing through my old notebooks instead of spending hours trying to figure out what Simple Harmonic Motion is all about.

This is some of the bad advice I ever gave myself. Glad that circumstances, friends, and academic advisors often saved the day! Who knew what I’d have done if left to my own devices!

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