How to survive at the Department of Asian Studies?

1. Plums from your garden may not be enough... (a Czech saying)

2. Perseverance

3. Practice those characters, practice those characters, practice those characters

4. While presence may not be necessary, lack of attendance is suicidal

5. Don’t rest on your laurels, they are only bay leaves

6. Only rely on yourself, no-one can write cheat sheets for you

7. It is better to over prepare for one exam, then to underprepare for three

8. Concern yourself with the second deadline only when you have missed the first

9. Keep your eyes open and your ears pricked up

10.  I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat (Winston Churchill)

11.  Learning without thought brings slavery, thought without learning brings chaos (Confucius) ... we particularly want to avoid chaos

12.  I will use google before asking dumb questions... (Bart Simpson)

13.  It is wise to greet your senior

14.  If you must speak at all, at least speak to the point

15.  If you have a problem, please fill out a request form

16.  Bad habits can only be overcome today, not tomorrow (Confucius)

17.  Have you already begun reading “Dream of the Red Chamber”?

18.  Observe office hours

19.  Knock... and wait to be called

20.  Do not seek the head of the department, on occasion he will grace you with his presence

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