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The Pros and Cons of Living On Campus

The Pros and Cons of Living On Campus

One of the most exciting things about college is finally being able to move out of your parents’ house. For the first time, you’re on your own and completely responsible for taking care of yourself. However, a lot of college students opt to live at home and commute. As with any decision, pros and cons ...

Buying Textbooks Without Breaking the Bank

Buying Textbooks Without Breaking the Bank

You’ve finally paid your tuition, your room and board is set, you have your parking pass and you think you’re good to go. You breathe a sigh of relief, thinking your bank account is finally done being brutalized. Then it hits you: textbooks. Why do textbooks have to be so expensive? The amount of money ...

Top Freshmen Mistakes to Avoid

Oh, freshmen. You think they’re cute and confused in high school, but college? College is a whole other level. I cannot begin to explain how many college freshmen I’ve encountered, including myself, that made little mistakes that are so avoidable. Declaring a Major Think you know what you want to do for the rest of ...

The Perks That Come With Your College Tuition

The Perks That Come With Your College Tuition

College can be crazy expensive. Tuition, books, and room and board – all accumulate to a minimum of $20,000 a year. A lot of people think that’s an outrageous amount just for those few things, but what they overlook is the awesome amount of perks included in that tuition! Here’s a list of the few ...

Hack Your Dorm: Technology & Tight Spaces

Hack Your Dorm: Technology & Tight Spaces

For college students, the end of summer means packing up and moving one’s life into a box-sized dorm room or a shared, cheap apartment. Here at HackCollege, we’d like to make your move smoother and your living space less cramped. One way to do this is to pare down something students own and use a ...

Effective Electives

Effective Electives

Throughout your college career, you’ll have the chance to take elective classes to supplement your core studies. Here at HackCollege, we think you should seize this opportunity while you can. Who knows, you may take a class that changes the way you look at the world. One elective may even sway you to switch majors. ...

6 Major Logistics to Handle Before Spring Semester

6 Major Logistics to Handle Before Spring Semester

2015 has arrived, and winter break is rapidly coming to an end. With the next semester looming, there’s plenty of logistical/practical tasks to handle that will make the next academic chapter that much easier. Take Actions to Improve Next Semester Take a little time to consider this past semester. What went well? What didn’t? Could ...

Freshman Week: The 5 Best Apps for Freshmen

Freshman Week: The 5 Best Apps for Freshmen

While a large part of the college experience is about becoming independent, responsibility is the biggest byproduct of independence. For many, dealing with the transition to college life is natural; others may struggle to lead a balanced, organized life. In the past, we’ve often talked about ways students can organize their lives, as well as ...

4 Ways You Can Generate Good Luck

4 Ways You Can Generate Good Luck

#8220;You make your own luck” is a quote you’ve probably heard before. The meaning, however, is lost without more context. After all, if you make your own luck, doesn’t that make it the opposite of luck? Well, according to psychologist Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor, a person’s luck is often manufactured. In his ...

8 Things to Do or Learn Before Freshman Year

8 Things to Do or Learn Before Freshman Year

There are still a few weeks of summer left. That’s enough time for a few more lazy afternoons and some good times and adventures with old friends. But with freshman year looming on the near horizon, it’s also time to start taking concrete steps toward being ready for your first semester of college. 1. Do ...

How to Make the Most of Your Course Syllabus

How to Make the Most of Your Course Syllabus

Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is 80 percent of life.” While that may not be the case for college life due to demanding time commitments and rigorous course loads, the adage does hold true for the first week of college. Just showing up on time to those first three yawn-inducing days of course syllabus ...

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