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Do’s and Don’ts for Calling Your Parents

You’re finally off on your own in your first year of college. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. Finally, you are out of your parent’s house, and no one is telling you what to do. You no longer have your mom right there to ask how long should you cook something in the microwave or when your next test is in chemistry. Regardless of your dependence on your parents, there are some things you need to know how to do on your own and then know when to call your parents.

The Library Books, resources, computers, media rentals, and more The University Library provides access 24 hours a day, five days a week to the largest information commons area on campus -- 250 public computers -- which include a wide variety of software from Microsoft Office Suite to Adobe Creative Suite to AutoCAD. The Library now offers two charging stations, located on the ground floor, for cell phones and tablets. Also located on the ground floor is GroupWorks, the high-tech, interactive group meeting area that allows users to “plug in and share.” Another feature is the state-of-theart Crossroads Recording Studio. The studio is open to all majors and is located in the basement. Your Library also features 16 “personal librarians” to assist students in every major in navigating numerous services and resources. And with access to 400 databases, 58,000 ejournals, 100,000 e-books and more than 1 million digital images, success awaits with these resources and more. The Library has all the tools to get you there. The main number to the Library is 806-7422265. The Library offers an online catalog at iris. ttu.edu. Students can rent many things besides books. The Digital Media Studio offers cameras, Mac’s, projectors, lighting kits, movies and audiobooks. Visit www.library.ttu.edu. 44

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Don’t

have your parents contact your professors for you. As intimidating as it can be, your professor won’t be impressed if they receive an email from a student’s parent instead of the student.

Do

call your parents to keep them updated on how you’re doing in your classes. If you’re struggling in a class or your grades aren’t looking great, let them know.

Don’t

skip class or forget to turn in assignments. Someone, whether it’s yourself, your parents, or a scholarship, is paying for you to be at Texas Tech. Of course there will be times where you may be sick, but don’t start creating a habit of skipping class.

Do

go to class and read your syllabus. A lot of emails to professors and teaching assistants can be avoided by reviewing the syllabus and paying attention in class. Manage your time wisely so you can be successful in your academics.

Don’t

blow through your money. Create a budget and be mindful of what you’re spending money on.

Do call your parents when you have an

emergency money situation. Things happen that you aren’t prepared for, like emergency car trouble or an unexpected expense for your apartment.

(Continued from Page 42) ABSOLUTELY need! Yes, the Drug War isn’t working out – and yes, the government is obviously recklessly spending money like drunken sailors, and yes, you may be falling further and further into debt, but you might consider curbing your appetite for eating out, going to the bar, going to the movies, buying the latest gadget, etc. Only borrow the amount you need for tuition and books. In other words, pull your head out of your @&&! Make some sacrifices for God’s sake! In a perfect world, everyone would get a share of the pie. But that’s not how things work. There’s always going to be some bul-

Don’t

call your parents every time you have an issue with your roommate. Have you talked to your roommate about it? See if you can solve the problem on your own before you put the problem on your parents who aren’t there.

Do

your best to be a pleasant roommate. Set up a cleaning schedule to follow. Make your bed. Wash the dishes. Don’t be a total slob and inconsiderate of the other person you live with. Lastly, do call and text your parents to keep them updated on how you’re doing and to just say hi. As you grow in independence and self-sufficiency, your parents still need to hear from you and know how you’re doing.

ly lurking around who wants your piece, and it’s up to you to see that he doesn’t get it. I’m no longer a college student, but if I were, I would want my voice to be heard. So stand up and be counted. If you don’t agree with what Congress is doing with your (our) money, then start by writing your congressmen. If on the other hand you would like to see the Drug War continue – because in your opinion it’s a raging success - then tell your congressmen that as well. I don’t think he/she would believe you, but give it your best shot. We would like to hear your opinion. Check us out on Facebook at TexasTechWord.

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