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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 ...

Eat, Sleep, Socialize, or Study: Managing Time in College

Eat, Sleep, Socialize, or Study: Managing Time in College

Ah, college, an age when you have endless hours to sleep, eat, and socialize, but never enough time for papers, reading, and studying, right? Well, we’ve got some tips to help you have it all, without losing your mind from sleepless insanity or spending all of your Saturday nights in the library. Related: 4 Skills ...

Moving Out: Breaking Away from Parents

Moving Out: Breaking Away from Parents

As you begin your first year of school, you’re feeling excited, anxious, and a whole slew of other emotions. Even knowing this, there are some things that are bound to sneak up on you, like getting sick with nobody to make soup or buy you Gatorade; having to share your important decisions with strangers; having ...

Developing Discipline as a Freshman

Developing Discipline as a Freshman

Many of you head into college with high expectations of grandeur, especially if you got a few scholarships or if you’re heading to a big and prestigious college. Hate to break it to you, but college is nothing like high school. Your average A+ writing assignments in high school will land you a C at ...

5 Myths About College

5 Myths About College

When you’re transitioning from high school to college, your head will no doubt be filled with a bunch of advice and information from parents, teachers, guidance counselors, recruiters and your friends. Some of the advice you get will be great, but you’ll also come across a lot of popular myths that will give you a ...

Freshman Rules to Live By

Freshman Rules to Live By

Your dorm room is unpacked, your parents are gone, and your classes aren’t starting for another few days, so now what? As you meander through the first few months of school, you’ll begin to change a lot from the person you were back in high school. While you undergo these changes — good and bad ...

College Items Worth the Investment

College Items Worth the Investment

It’s hard to know what kind of dorm room accessories and expensive college items you’re actually going to appreciate once you’re settled into your first year of school. Before you sift through the “Back to School” ads and the “What to Bring” lists sent from your school, consider this list of five pricier college items ...

Choosing the Right Laptop for College

Choosing the Right Laptop for College

If you’re struggling to decide on a laptop for college, you’re likely stuck on two major factors: price and operating system. And while a laptop is certainly an item worth investing in, your parents may not feel the same when they see you eyeing the $1200-minimum Macbook Pro or a similarly-priced Windows gaming laptop. Let’s ...

Welcome to Your Freshman Year

Welcome to Your Freshman Year

For many of you out there, this may be your first semester of college, and you won’t really understand how great it is until you finally move in. Being on your own, hundreds of miles away from your own home is both scary and invigorating, as it gives you a fresh start and a chance ...

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