‘Back to School’ Posts

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 ...

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 ...