‘Back to School’ Posts

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 ...

Tips for Relocating for School

Tips for Relocating for School

The movies always seem to portray going-away-to-school the same exact way: some fresh faced kid packing their beat up car with stuff and hitting the road to go away to school. Growing up, I always assumed that when you went away to college, you actually went away—as in out of the state, or even across ...

Careers for English Majors

Careers for English Majors

So, despite your parents begging you to go pre-med, you declared a major in English and buried yourself in literature and writing. Good for you! As a college instructor, I encounter a lot of students struggling through majors they aren’t really passionate about, simply because their parents insisted, or because they think they’ll have a ...

HackCollege Investigates: Campus Library

HackCollege Investigates: Campus Library

This article is a part of a series where Hack College writers investigate different parts of campus life in order to provide readers with  information on how you can use this service better while in college. Stay tuned for other parts of campus. Many college students go their entire college career without having visited the ...

Writing the Perfect Paper: Researching Quality Material

Writing the Perfect Paper: Researching Quality Material

By now, you’ve chosen your topic, completed your outline and you’re ready to start researching. But wait. Where do you begin? Most students go directly to Google, and that’s fine. It’s even okay to go to Wikipedia, though you never want to cite it as a main source of information. Rather, articles from the online ...

How to Make Friends as an Introvert

How to Make Friends as an Introvert

Many high schoolers can’t wait to get to college. For them, the opportunity to get away from home, pursue academic interests and make new friends is exciting. But some people aren’t as eager to go to college. If you’re the kind of person who struggles to make new friends, you might be worried about the ...

How To Pass The Class While Passing on the Reading

How To Pass The Class While Passing on the Reading

Studying efficiently is a vital part of earning good grades in college. Students don’t have unlimited time to complete assignments or prepare for tests, and they must manage their time appropriately. It’s important for students to prioritize their study material, and part of that is determining which reading assignments are worth completing, and which are ...

Challenges Facing First Time Online Students

Challenges Facing First Time Online Students

Online education is rightly heralded as an efficient, accessible way to earn a degree. Whether you’re a traditional student looking to meet a degree requirement, a high school graduate weighing your college options or a working adult trying to advance your career, online classes can help you achieve your goals. Still, online education presents a ...