Meet the Queen Nerd

The author of this story, Jessica L. Ryan, is a senior media studies major at CU. She writes about nerdy things for the Colorado Daily every Wednesday -- look for her Nerd Among the Herd Column on page 3. You'll find her on Twitter @JessicaLRyan.

So here we are: the beginning of another semester.

As we seniors face our final months of educational bliss before being thrust into the "real world," I have gathered some of my brethren to impart upon you wee freshmen our words of wisdom.

For my part, I give you this -- network, network, network. Talk to anyone and everyone who has even slightly the same interests as you. Get to know everyone you can, and not just on a superficial level.

Truly know them, because having friends and knowing their passions and talents and other friends will not only bring amazing people into your life that you'd never expect, but it may also bring you amazing things like jobs and dates and adventures you've never dreamed of.

But don't take my word for it. Here's what some other senior Buffs have to say to you:


"Make sure you plan your schedules in advance; especially check out when the ones you need are offered. Look into independent studies with professors you respect." -- Tony Dostert, Theatre



"Pay some attention to your schoolwork -- there are more important things than partying every night." Tyler Adams, Psychology


"Join something! Find a club or center on campus to work or volunteer with. You'll feel more involved in the campus community." -- Morgan Aguilar, Broadcast News


"Take online courses over the summer -- they're way cheaper -- but only if you're motivated. Get out of Boulder for your own sanity; Denver can be a pretty fun city. Make best friends from outside your comfort zone." -- Aldo Galvagni, Psychology and Education


"I'm a double major, and this year I learned it is possible to take on too many classes. Plan out your schedule and accept you aren't a superhero." Connie Clark, Integrated Physiology and Psychology


"Stop drowning yourselves in baby pools full of Keystone Light and actually get to know the people around you. You don't want to look back on your time at CU and wish you had more meaningful connections with your peers and professors... also, UGG boots and shorts are never appropriate attire, ladies." -- Sam Stauffer, Psychology


"Scope out the classroom for the hottest girl in class. Wait a couple days and then sit by her. If it doesn't work out, you have a hot friend... but if it does, you have a hot girlfriend!" -- Jason Lord, Biochemistry


There you have it, Baby Buffs. Heed our words of wisdom -- we've made it this far, haven't we?