College: A Real Life Game of Yahtzee

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If any of you grew up in a household like mine, your family loved to have family game nights. When I was younger, we played the Disney version of “Sorry!” so much that the game pieces started to fall apart (Cinderella actually lost her slipper). We then branched into strategy games, bowling on the Wii (we would bowl from the rocking chairs), and eventually into card and dice games.

On a camping trip this past summer, my parents and I really got into the dice game, “Yahtzee”. At first, I was more confused at the name and the purpose than anything, until I figured out the strategy of it.

For those of you that haven’t played, the object of the game is to roll the dice into different specific patterns to score points. Five dice are placed in a cup and the player shakes the dice until they feel as though they are satisfied with what the outcome will be when dumping the dice. Pretty simple right?

If the player manages to roll five of a kind, they have achieved the ultimate goal: YAHTZEE! (this usually involves dancing and screaming). The game is ultimately very simple, and anyone with the right mindset can play but; only the people that work hard and strategize are truly successful. (remember this)

Although this sounds a bit cliché, I like to look at college like a game of Yahtzee. Each student has many dice to line up at one time; but if done correctly, they will reach their Yahtzee moment too. Here are just a few things that I have picked up on this semester;

 

Dice Number One: Support System

Having a steady group of people you can refer to daily, weekly or even monthly is truly so important. Whether or not you need them every day; knowing that you have people that have seen what you are capable of and will remind you of your abilities when you need it will boost your mood on bad days.

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Dice Number Two: Confidence and Concentration

There are a lot of distractions in college like food, a mall within walking distance, friends, games, the internet, etc. and there is a time and place for everything. Being able to stay on track of the big picture that you came to college for will push you harder to be successful.

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Dice Number Three: Time Management

If today isn’t the ‘do-date’, then it’s not the ‘due-date’ is a quote that I swear have seen written on t-shirts worn by every college student. Decide what you are going to do with your time and manage the freedom that you have will make or break your accomplishments.

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Dice Number Four: Extra-curriculars and Networking

Get to know people in your career field, in the offices around campus and even in the cafeteria will help you somewhere along the way. You never know who exactly you’re talking to or what they could do for you and your future. Good references are never a bad thing.
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Dice Number Five: Goals and Dreams

Focus on what it is that you came to college for. Whether or not you change your major 3 times before you graduate is completely okay, as long as every time you switch you are moving closer to the field that you see fit for your future. (I’ve been here for one semester and I have switched twice!) Don’t be afraid of change, be excited for what it has to offer you.

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If you favor these dice throughout your college career and make sure that you play them correctly and to the best of your ability, I have no doubt in my mind that you will have your “Yahtzee!” moment too.

As always, if there is anything I can help you with (or if you’d like a strong Yahtzee opponent), please feel free to contact me at hytrysj9819@uwec.edu. Thank you for reading!

Sam

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