The following excerpt from the 1908 edition of The Normal Bulletin of State Normal School gives some tips that would seem to be applicable to students today as classes get underway for another year.
TWELVE THINGS WORTH WHILE (Suggestions to Students)
1. Bear in mind that the good name of any organization depends upon the character of its individual members. Be choice in your selection of intimate companions. The world believes that "Birds of a feather flock together."
2. Be prompt and regular in attendance at all places where you are expected to be. A reputation for so doing is "More to be desired than gold; yea, then much fine gold."
3. Give special attention to the laws of health and your physical well-being. The body is the temple in which the spirit dwells. "Cleanliness is next to godliness."
4. Be courteous to every one, especially to teachers, fellow students and those with whom you board. Feel free to counsel with your teachers; regard them as personal friends.
5. Remember that the student is not simply preparing for life, but is now having a life, which is as important and significant as that of later years.
6. Be governed by the same rules affecting the rights of others that controlled you before entering school, and will govern you when school days are over. Never condescend to do mean things, especially when a student, as it will have a decided influence in the formation of character.
7. Do not undervalue church privileges. Identify yourself with your own church, if you are a member; otherwise, with the one your parents would prefer. Regular attendance when a student, will add much to your personality and influence for good when a teacher.
8. Remember your agreements. Be as honest with the school as with an individual. Meet all obligations promptly. Be governed by the principles of "A Square Deal."
9. Have the courage of your convictions and stand firmly and kindly for the right. School-life affords many opportunities for exercising this element of character. Be helpful to your fellow students. The altruistic spirit is "More precious than rubies."
10. Write frequently to your home people, especially to your mother. Do not spend much time in idle correspondence. The losses will be greater than the gains. The "Simple Life" is worth while.
11. Arrange a program to guide you in your hours of study, rest and recreation. The habit will be of great value in meeting the demands of a "Strenuous Life."
12. Do not sever your connection with the institution without explaining your case to some one in authority. The relations of school life are as important as those of business life. Your record in such matters may subsequently affect an endorsement from the institution, which may then be of vital importance to you.
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