‘Back to School’ Posts

How to Stay Motivated

How to Stay Motivated

Motivation may be key to success, but it’s also one of the most difficult keys to acquire! I’m one of those people who feel really motivated after accomplishing just one thing, because it makes me want to accomplish everything else that I have to do. Then, once I’m done with all my work, I get ...

Entering College as a Top High School Student

Entering College as a Top High School Student

So, you were the straight-A’s, honor society president of your high school. College is a new ball game, but that doesn’t mean that your high school habits and accomplishments are worthless. Here are three things you can do to transition your academic achievements into the undergraduate world. Transfer your IB/AP credits You already know that ...

Goals You Can Accomplish This School Year

Goals You Can Accomplish This School Year

A new school year is an exciting time: return to friends and favorite places, a fresh start in classes and maybe a promising new job or leadership role. September is the perfect time to set New Year’s Resolutions tailored to your goals for the academic year to come. In no particular order, below are some ...

Backpack Gadgets That Will Save Your Day

Backpack Gadgets That Will Save Your Day

The new semester is upon us. Whether you’re carrying the same backpack you’ve had since kindergarten or something more sophisticated, here are a few tools you won’t want to be without. A mini stapler Most professors have transitioned into the twenty-first century and allow you to turn in work online, but for the holdouts, a ...

The HackCollege Guide to Back to School

The HackCollege Guide to Back to School

It’s time to acknowledge the inevitable: stores have been hawking cheap crayons and futons for two months now, Facebook’s deluge of first-day-of-kindergarten mom posts has faded away and yesterday’s Timehop was an awkward photo from freshman orientation. The college school year is beginning. You may not need a pencil bag or pack of colored pencils ...

Taking Advantage of Your Student Health Center

Taking Advantage of Your Student Health Center

Arguably one of the biggest perks to being enrolled at a college or university is the access to good healthcare at relatively low prices through your student health center. Things from basic, primary care to x-rays might be free or offered at a low price to students through the health center, making it easy to ...

How to Balance School and a Job

How to Balance School and a Job

When I first started college, I remember being blown away by how much my algebra textbook cost. Over a grand on books alone? How did anyone afford college, much less a bunch of broke young people? Aside from piling on student loans and hoping for the best, there were the few people I knew who ...

How to Prep for Fall Semester

How to Prep for Fall Semester

As summer starts to wind down, you might be finding yourself digging out that schedule you registered for back in the spring, bracing yourself for the semester ahead. Chances are, your fall semester looks a lot like mine always did through undergrad: packed and busy, with wall-to-wall classes, club meetings, and trying my best to ...

5 Reasons to Attend Transfer Orientation

5 Reasons to Attend Transfer Orientation

It’s not uncommon for students to attend community colleges and transfer to four-year universities as they go into their junior year. The transfer population at my undergraduate university was vast; I even spent a year working as a mentor to transfer students in one of the residence halls. One thing I noticed the most while ...

Why You Should Take Summer Classes

Why You Should Take Summer Classes

Okay, so spending summer in a classroom is basically the nightmare of every elementary, middle, and high school student. “Summer school” is more like a term of punishment rather than an enthusiastic suggestion. What makes college any different? You might still miss out on all that beach time, sleeping in, and generally not thinking about ...

Five Student Orgs You Should Join (Or Start)

Five Student Orgs You Should Join (Or Start)

I remember attending orientation before starting college and getting completely overloaded with information on about a billion different student organizations. It seemed like there was an org for everything—fraternities, sororities, Save the Campus Ducks, Pizza Lovers United—you name it, they had it. There were so many orgs that I got lost in the list, and ...