Don't be an idiot

By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 27, 2011

What this means is that your head is always elsewhere. You spend your time remembering the sex romps of two weekends ago or anticipating the next time you'll see your love. You fret about the person smooching strangers at their new school. Instead of getting to know new people, you're locked in your room on the phone or on your keyboard. You will miss out on more than you gain. Stoke the coals when you're both home in the summer, if they've been smoldering, but otherwise, leave long-distance love behind.

It's not nerdy to take advantage of what your college has to offer

It's fair to say we pretty well ignored a lot of what our university had to offer. Go to class, sure. But also head to the galleries. Wander through the museums (Bowdoin has the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum; spend a Saturday afternoon there). Find out what your college library has in its archives (strange and wonderful things can lurk there). Whether you're at a small liberal-arts college or a big state university, the institution is rich with resources. Don't ignore all the items that get highlighted in the glossy brochures. Be curious.

Make music

College radio is the best radio. Get involved. Want a mix of Motown and garage rock? Design your own show. And if you don't have a face for radio, tune in. What you'll hear will be an education.


The greens and quads and stately old brick or stone buildings make for an idyllic setting to pass your time. It's easy to get sucked in to a campus-only sort of life. Don't. Instead, escape. If you go to a school in the country, spend weekends in Portland. If you go to school in Portland, spend weekends in the country. Go to Boston. Go abroad, for as many semesters as you can without jeopardizing your graduation date. You'll return with more perspective, which is, at the end of the day, the strongest tool in doing away with idiocy.

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