With a dozen local high schools holding graduation this weekend, we asked four college Dean's List regulars: What's the one smart tip the Class of 2014 won't find in the student handbook?
via St. Joseph-Ogden
"You will never really feel clean while living in a dorm; showering doesn't help. Going home and showering for the first time without shower shoes is pure happiness."
"It's OK to wait to go to college. I took a year and a half off, and my decision to not go to school right away gave me time to grow and gain highly valuable experience I otherwise wouldn't have."
Illinois State '15
"Be prepared to take more control of how much you spend, especially on food — one can only take so much dorm food — and how you allocate your time. It can be difficult finding a balance between socializing and studying."
Western Illinois '16
"I was average grade-wise in high school, and I am now on the dean's list with a high GPA. School will be hard at times, but you have to push through it. In the end, you will get out of it what you put into it."