College Student Survival Guide

Discussion in 'Community' started by mtuTopHat, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. mtuTopHat macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2003
    Hamtramck, MI
    The MUG at my university wants to make a College Student Survival Kit for our members and incoming freshmen. We want to put togethor a cd of cool freeware that would be useful to college students.

    By useful, I mean different types of calculators, or this neat little physics thing I saw on Apple's site somewhere, NOT Limewire or anything like that.

    Also, should I include instructions on setting up personal firewalls in X? Websharing? Setting up an FTP server and accounts? Are there instructions on anything like that out there already?

    We are looking for carbon, cocoa and classic apps. We want to deversify our CD to make is useful to the most number of mac-users possible.
  2. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
  3. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    They should give an advice column too.
    Like, dump your home town girlfriend and do not join a fraternity.

    That's two pieces of advice I can give that's better than any freeware.
  4. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    You need to give them advice on responsible use of alcohol. An interactive view the hazards. Along the same vane would be sex with all its ramifications! Both of these if not delt with can effect them for the rest of there lives!
  5. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Some useful apps:

    3D-XplorMath - Useful for different graphing things. Kinda like the graphing calculator included with classic versions of the MacOS (I wish they ported that app to OS X...)

    HenWen -GUI for Snort network intrusion detection system

    Physics 101 - A useful Real Basic app that does physics calculations, and shows physics formulas. I found it useful in High School.

    All of these apps are freeware, and I'm sure you can contact the developers for more info, or other stuff if you need.

    When you're done with this CD, do you think you could send one to me? I'll be a freshman in college this fall :D
  6. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    LOL! That is what I was thinking. Also, I remember being hungry a lot in college. If I had it to do over again, I would buy a line of credit at the cafeteria. That way you would at least be able to buy lunch. My lunch in college usually consisted of Peanut M&M's and cokes from a vending machine more often than I care to remember. :)
  7. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    ¿My advice?

    Get togather withb the international studens, specially from Brazil, Venezuela and Germany, they know how to drink and have fun.

    Do not do drugs, you are gonna need that money when you start looking for work.

    Do not believe anything what other students say about getting equipmen, they are students too.

    Have sex if you can because you may be the only one doing it, nothing is like in the movies.

    be the owner of your place and you put therules, roomates are the dark side of your college experience.
  8. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Write the age old adage on the CD:

    Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you're in the clear
  9. funkywhat2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2002
    i'll have to remember that for when i go. thanks for the advice;)
  10. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I don't know if there are any free ones, but a time-management app would be really nice. That, and something like an inventory app. I'd find it useful at home, but also for school, to keep track of all my stuff...
  11. jbomber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    Ramen noodles will keep you from starving to death. That and free pizza. There's ALWAYS free pizza on campus. Remember these things my young padawans...
  12. dynamicd macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2002
    Out of curiosity, what do you have against fraternities?? I'm saying this b/c I'm in one and before college started I never pictured myself in one b/c I had many preconceived notions about what a fraternity is and how they act. It's really something that can't be explained unless you're one. It's not for everybody but it's definitely helped me in more ways than one.
  13. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    excellent. Words to live by.

    Or, alterantively

    Liquor before beer, never fear.

  14. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    for those who like to play ps2 between class, check out Big Clock it's basically a big clock that takes over your screen and has alarms that can be set to any time and such. this kept me on time to class countless times.

    i second the physics101...even though i had to have everything it did memorized.

    i assume that this "survival guide" is just for computer survival and such. so enough with the drinking tips and such guys...seriously...but...i do like the comment
    fratboys are annoying and no girls like them except sorority girls...and believe me, those girls are not worth a pile of bricks...i'd rather watch porn that deal with their drama and hear all about last weekend's frat party.
  15. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    Oh, and when you wake up at 2 PM on a Saturday morning on the floor of a classroom in your Science and Engineering building after a hardcore Friday night Organic Chemistry solo study session that lasted until 6 AM, cry yourself back to sleep.

    Or maybe that's just me.:D
  16. bcsimac macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2002
    Bolivar, TN
    Re: College Student Survival Guide

    Make sure they know how to get a decent or good roommate. I had a bad one as already documented here in the forums. That would be my number 1 advice.
    I would make sure they have copies of bbedit lite, graphic converter, palm desktop software, and the like.

    If religious college students like I was, include copies of MacSword and Online Bible.....programs are free and so are some modules....others have to be bought.
  17. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003
    As for apps...

    MacJanitor - Unix temp file cleaner uper

    SparkME - Sound editor, still needs to be registered, but it's free. (from TC Works)

    GameDemos (things like UT2003, RtCW, NWN, or JK2)




    WMP for Mac

    RealONE player

    a link to and :)
  18. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    My advice is, if your striking out at the bars for the youngins, go to a cougar bar and dress up all preppy... bag yourself a cougar, take her home and bone her a few times... then pass out.. in the morning they usualy leave...

    but in order to acomplish this there needs to be a VERY accessable phone so they can call a cab :D
  19. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    Also a few other words to remember

    Don't be silly, wrap your willy! and if shes really dirty bag it twice.
  20. vollspacken macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2002
    Boogie-Down Berlintown
    exactly, that's why the americans who hung out with us had so much fun... international studens baby!!!

    *prost!* ;)

  21. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tampa, FL

    Do not, under any circumstances drink Goldshlager. It will mess you up to the point of no return. I can't even smell hard alcohol without feeling a bit odd.

    In general, watch what you drink.

    What you eat too... your metabolism is going to slow down so take it easy eat responsibly.

    Be careful having sex. STDs are more real than you think. My ex girlfriend from highschool came to University of Miami and got one. And that's going to be with her for the rest of her life. Have safe sex too... you're a poor college student... Child support is not in the budget.

    Stay away from the credit card vendors offering free stuff.

    Other than that, have fun...
  22. Jeromino macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2002
    Not sure if this was mentioned, but putting these little nuggets in as "README: Advice for when you step away from the screen", straight from macrumors, would be fun.

    A few things I've been meaning to divulge to someone willing to listen... half of these I'm just employing myself, so you won't be alone..

    - Plan your schedule out, maybe use a map and whatnot, but realize the shelf life of such material is roughly 6-10 days. After that, you'll be fine.

    - Buy an umbrella... I'm sure Wal-Mart can manage if funds are low. If you don't have one, it'll save you much frustration on a sizely campus. if you do have (a personal) one, upgrade to a full-sized model for the particularly bad days... an amazing way to strike up a conversation with a member of the opposite sex begins with protecting their hair from the elements ;)

    - Feel free to challenge your professors - particularly if you're a good judge of character and good at presenting arguments diplomatically. Don't be a jerk, even if you're right.. should be common sense.

    - Get down to your Advisor's office and meet and chat right away. If you find them to be a dolt, swtich - this person will be managing your academic career; no different from your expenses or legal proceedings. Find someone you click with who has experience in your fields of interest. A good advisor can change a college for his/her students.

    - You needn't do a full-fledged assault on all new people, but be open towards new faces, and realize that some of the old, familiar pals will drift or change.

    - Someone you know pretty well will post a 1.6 the second semester in favor of large amounts of alcohol and 'new friends.' Don't be That Guy [tm]

    That's all I got for now :)

  23. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    ahh, i guess they make dirtbags in canada too. thought that was just an american thing. glad to see it spans the borders
  24. pEZ macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I would definitely include a money-tracking program like a demo of Quicken or a relatively cheap shareware program like iBank - you suddenly have finances in college. Hmmm......also, maybe a multi-IM service program, depending on the school. I have to use Proteus now because half of the people I met at school use MSN or ICQ instead of AIM - just a thought.

  25. rueyeet macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2003
    More non-software tips:

    Yet more alcohol to avoid: Mad Dog 20/20 and Jaegermeister. All Jaegermeister stories are BAD Jaegermeister stories (if I am misspelling either of those going from memory, please correct me for the sake of the freshmen).

    Professors and tenure: See, college professors aren't like the teachers you've previously known, who have to answer to parents and the school system. College profs reach a certain point in their career and are guaranteed their jobs from that point on, and as a result, can get away with stuff that would get lesser teachers (including non-tenured profs) canned. No, nothing like sexual abuse--just legal but annoying things like: Teaching methods that can only be described as "original", really hard-nosed or even more "original" grading schemes, writing their own textbooks, taking a dislike to all of their students (or a specific few) etc. Most profs are okay, but the thing to remember is that they don't have to cater to you AT ALL.

    Scheduling: It's actually worthwhile to do a bit of academic long-range planning here. At least at my university, class registration was first-come, first-serve. Under such a system, it's common to see classes you wanted get filled before you get there, especially as the stuff you want/need becomes more specialized. Have alternatives ready when going to registration, and a general idea of where your college career is going.

    Roommates: Don't rely on the university to place you with a compatible roommate no matter WHAT they say on the forms they make you fill out. If you find someone you think you can live with, take advantage of it and arrange to room together.

    Majors: If you're interested in education for the sake of education and take offense at the idea that a higher education should prepare a student for the job market, take any major you like. If you want to have a decent non-teaching job after school, an English major is probably not for you. But if you find you really do hate your major, switch it sooner rather than later...just try not to do that more than twice.

    Credit cards: Learn as early as possible that you will have to pay off whatever you spend, and are only time-shifting your debt and adding interest. Credit availablity does not equal having money to spend, unless you also will have the money to pay it off. Of course, the credit card companies will lend you the money regardless--they don't care if you ruin your credit rating before you graduate.

    Irresponsibility: A lot of students are at least sorta on their own for the first time in their lives, even if Mom and Dad are still bankrolling this relative freedom. But after this, presumably, you WILL be on your own, and there's definitely stuff you can do now that can really make things suck when you are. Like unsafe sex, blowing off too many classes, too much credit card debt, picking courses for easy "A" potential... you get the idea. Just pick and choose your irresponsibilities with an eye to the future.

    I'm starting to sound jaded again, aren't I? Okay, I'll stop. ;)

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