Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Well, hello everyone! My name is Tyler Oakley, and today, I am doing another Q & A, but this day has a twist because I'm going to start doing a lot more Q & As that are subject or theme-oriented. Today's theme is college and universities. So, I went to university a couple of years ago at Michigan State University. And it was an amazing experience, so I felt like I should tell y'all about it. So, let's dig into your questions! Shall we? Connor would like to know, "Was it weird being a YouTuber in college?" Kind of yes, sometimes, when my residents when I was an RA knew about it, that was weird. But, a lot of the times it was really great. I got to meet a lot of people. I got a lot of internships from it. I got some jobs from it. Sometimes, like I said, it was a little awkward when people knew where I lived in the dorms, that was strange. But a lot of it honestly was an uphill battle because at the time nobody knew what YouTube was. There were not that many people that were doing what I was doing. It was brand new. YouTube wasn't really a thing yet. And so, I had to explain it a lot of times. But, I remember one time in specific, that was really cool, and I actually have it with me. I'm such a dork that I still have this. But, my school newspaper at Michigan State did an entire article about me, and they put me right on the front. "Communication sophomore Tyler Oakley video-blogs, also known as vlogging on youtube.com. It was just cool because it was the first time that there was a publication that recognized what I was doing and was curious about it and wanted to know more, but was not judgmental. So, that was awesome! Thank you to The State News for believing in me back in the day when I had nobody believing in me. Another really interesting moment was when I was at a football game, and I heard that there were 75,000 people there. It was completely sold out, and I had just passed 75,000 people that were subscribed to me, so that was insane to me that I could reach all these people and that could fill this entire football stadium. Trinity would like to know was I a nerd or a jock. What do you think (laughs), Trinity? Honestly! The jockiest thing that I did that me and my girlfriend, not my girlfriend, but my girlfriend. We would go over to the gym, and we would stay and do the elliptical right above where all the weights were, and we would just check out guys while we were ellipticaling and doing nothing with our lives (laughs) and just checking out boys. So, that's about as sporty as I got. Christina says, "You've said you have paid "for college all by yourself. "How did you manage that? "And did you take out loans." Yes, I took out loans. I took out a lot of loans, but I also saved up in high school. I had multiple jobs on campus while I was at university. I was a telemarketer. Was an RA, which deducts a lot of costs when it comes to living and food. But yes, I did have to take out loans. And there's nothing wrong about taking out loans, but it just kind of sucks. You can also live from home, or you can also go to community college. A lot of the courses that you need to take for university are going to be so much more cheap at a community college, so you can do that. Or even taking time off between high school and college to save up. There's so much you can do to save money if you don't want to take out loans, but I chose to go straight from high school to college and just work my butt off to make it happen. Maheen would like to know, "Do you recommend buying books brand new "or buying them used?" So, a lot of professors are going to tell you you have to buy books brand new. Usually, you do not. If there's a new edition, it's probably because they changed literally probably a chapter or a page. So, that's usually $150 per book. There's usually three per class. You're usually taking five classes a semester-ish, and you have eight semesters, so you do the math on how much that is going to cost you. It's a lot of money. So, back when I was in college, I would use SlugBooks, and it's basically you get your syllabus, you see the list of books, and it'll show you where you can get those books for the cheapest. So, sometimes it's Amazon, sometimes it's Chegg, sometimes it's.. Wherever it will be, it'll show you where you can get those for the cheapest, and that's how I saved so much money. Tuition is bad, but it's the day-to-day books that you have to buy that just eat you alive. There were times when I had $100 in my bank account, and I didn't have the money to go and get the books, so slugbooks.com really helped. Marissa would like to know, "What should a high school student expect "when they're going off to college?" Expect costs. Expect amazing experiences if you let yourself have them. Expect amazing new friends if you let yourself go and meet them. Expect to gain weight. Expect to be poor. Expect to date and hook up and get in trouble for a lot of things that you can possibly do on campus. Expect to put yourself outside of your comfort zone. Breno would like to know, "Tell us about a college sweetheart, if you had one." (laughs) So, oh god... My first boyfriend, I will tell you about, because I just spent New Year's with him. We dated when we were 18, so we were just babies then. It took some time in between us dating for us to finally become friends again. But of course, he's a special person in my heart. So, I went to Chicago for New Year's. I spent some time with him and his new boyfriend, and I don't know what you want me to say. I put up a video on my second channel, youtube.com/extratyler, all about my New Year's, and he's in it. So, you can go check that out, but I'm not going to talk about it here. Taylor would like to know, "What did your dorm room look like?" Most of my videos from when I was in college are still live and public, so if you want to go see what my life was like then, you can go check that out if that's what you wanna do with your night. (laughs) Marissa wants to know, "Was it hard to stay away from food in the Freshman 15?" Yes, but the big culprit is gonna be alcohol. You will gain weight because of alcohol because you're drinking, and that is a lot of calories and you don't think about that when you're consuming a lot of alcohol. I gained some weight. Still working it off. It's fine. Courtney wants to know, what was my "favorite memory as an RA?" So, I was an RA, which is basically you babysit your entire floor. You're in charge of your floor.