‘College 101’ Posts

8 Pros and Cons of Living On Campus in College

8 Pros and Cons of Living On Campus in College

Whether you are living on campus now or thinking of going back, you know there are some serious downsides to living in university-owned housing.  Personally, I feel every student should live on campus at least one year (the first year typically works best). We’ll get into the benefits of it later, but first let’s take ...

6 Reasons Why You Need a Minor in College

6 Reasons Why You Need a Minor in College

Before I started college, I understood very little “college jargon,” such as majors, minors, concentrations, and certifications.  Even now, I’m no expert on what separates a minor from a certification and other licenses.  I do, however, see the importance of a well-rounded education, and I recognize that minors can help provide that. Some majors–like my ...

7 Classes You Should Take in College for a Solid Foundation

7 Classes You Should Take in College for a Solid Foundation

General Education–Gen Ed–is a dreaded term to nearly every college student, and likely college professors as well. Both groups would undoubtedly rather be in classes where students actually care about the material being taught, but universities continually require a base of classes in multiple areas from institution to institution.  Whether it’s to provide a “well-rounded ...

How to Live with a Terrible Roommate

How to Live with a Terrible Roommate

Dormitory life is a keystone of the American college experience. You head off to school and sign up for classes and then spend a full year (sometimes more) in a room where you can often touch the other bed from your own. It’s an odd way to live, and often fraught with conflict. By the ...

How to Cultivate Friendships in College

How to Cultivate Friendships in College

Moving to college is disruptive. The context of your life changes in an instant, and your old friendships take on different roles. You make new friends and find new interests. And, if you begin college knowing no one, you face the very real possibility that you’ll have to face eating lunch alone. Cultivate friendships early ...

The Least-Popular Habits Every College Student Should Form

The Least-Popular Habits Every College Student Should Form

College websites and student affairs professionals are always giving students advice on how they can improve their grades, get more involved, and so on. But how practical and useful is that advice?  Is “study more” or “use better time management” really going to help you get through four (or more) years of higher education?  Probably ...

How to Make the Best of Your Crappy College Job

How to Make the Best of Your Crappy College Job

Sometimes the jobs that fill the part-time, flexible schedule requirements of a college lifestyle are simply crappy. It’s common to find a job as a telemarketer, a server, a retail worker, a grocery store clerk, or even a tutor, but no matter how you slice it, your job might still be kind of crappy. Rather ...

How to Stop Worrying and Accomplish Your Goals

How to Stop Worrying and Accomplish Your Goals

The idea of success can be a daunting concept for everyone, but particularly for college students. On the one hand, you’re young and have your whole life ahead of you. On the other, though, you have all the short-term pressures of assignments, classes, and short-term projects; combined with the long-term worries of earning a high ...

7 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

7 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Making a great first impression is incredibly important because you only get one shot at it. Research has found that we make snap judgments of people within the first seven seconds of meeting them, after which point our opinion of them will most likely never change. In rare cases you may be able to change ...

How to Stay Safe On and Off Campus

How to Stay Safe On and Off Campus

It’s that time of the year when many young Americans decide where they will be going for college in the fall. This is a big step, especially for those who move away from home to attend college. You will live by yourself for the first time, meet a ton of new people, explore a new ...

35 Valuable Tips for Successful Students

35 Valuable Tips for Successful Students

For our latest giveaway, I asked readers to share their most valuable college tips. The responses were incredible, and really made me proud to be apart of a site with such a great audience. To celebrate this, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best tips shared, adding detail, and linking to some relevant ...