‘College 101’ Posts

Why Every Student Should Take a Philosophy Class

Why Every Student Should Take a Philosophy Class

I am a philosophy major.  When meeting new people, I am often asked what I plan to do with a philosophy degree.  My favorite response is, “I want to ask why you want fries with that.”  In all seriousness, I expect my philosophy training to serve me well. The study of philosophy—whether an entire degree ...

The Power of Virtual Internships and How to Get Them

The Power of Virtual Internships and How to Get Them

A big part of the college experience involves obtaining and completing an internship. After all, in order to become successful, one must not only obtain a quality education but also practical experience. That is why internships provide so much value for the average student. Internships allow students to gain valid skills and work experience while ...

How Anyone Can Get Into Harvard and Other Ivy League Schools

How Anyone Can Get Into Harvard and Other Ivy League Schools

Every student, at some point or another, wonders what Harvard, Yale, or Princeton are like. They wonder about the libraries, the classrooms, the majors (or concentrations), the parties. Every year, however, so many students decide they aren’t good enough, their grades aren’t high enough, or their test scores aren’t exemplary enough. Because of those same ...

5 Reasons to Volunteer in College

5 Reasons to Volunteer in College

It can be easy to dismiss volunteer work when life is hectic and you have to think about yourself first. With school, a job, friends, clubs, and potentially sports, you’ve got a lot on your plate. But volunteering can be mutually beneficial when you look at it from a completely different perspective. Here are a ...

6 Major Logistics to Handle Before Spring Semester

6 Major Logistics to Handle Before Spring Semester

2015 has arrived, and winter break is rapidly coming to an end. With the next semester looming, there’s plenty of logistical/practical tasks to handle that will make the next academic chapter that much easier. Take Actions to Improve Next Semester Take a little time to consider this past semester. What went well? What didn’t? Could ...

8 Tips for Making the Most of a Large Lecture Class

8 Tips for Making the Most of a Large Lecture Class

It’s easy to disappear into the anonymity of a large lecture class—either by choosing to ditch class or because of the disconnect that can easily creep into even active and engaged students’ experiences. Whichever the case, sometimes 300 seats and a single lecturing voice can present a serious challenge to the classroom experience. Let’s assume ...

Freshman Week: 8 Things Not to Do Freshman Year

Freshman Week: 8 Things Not to Do Freshman Year

Moving to college is a stressful moment—a full transition from life at home to a new academic, social, geographic, and personal reality. For many of us who set out on the stereotypical dorm life college reality, freshman year involves packing up and moving out, in a single moment becoming both a college student and someone ...

Freshman Week: Packing for Freshman Year

Freshman Week: Packing for Freshman Year

Heading to college after your last summer home can be a relatively stressful time. From figuring out what textbooks are needed, to making sure there are enough supplies to get through the semester and even to sorting through which clothes to leave home and which to bring, packing for freshman year isn’t easy. Going into ...

Welcome to Freshman Week 2014

Welcome to Freshman Week 2014

Last year, HackCollege organized its first ever Freshman Week. While students were preparing to head to college for the time or just getting settled in, we decided it was fitting to dedicate an entire week to articles that focused on helping freshmen transition smoothly into college life. This year, we’ll work on tackling even more ...

7 Essential Ways to Prepare for Studying Abroad

7 Essential Ways to Prepare for Studying Abroad

Heading off for a semester (or year) abroad? By most accounts, you can plan on having a life-changing experience of one kind or another. You’ve signed up to something you can talk about for the rest of your life: the time you lived and studied in another country and culture, living it up and learning ...

10 Things I Learned About College This Semester

10 Things I Learned About College This Semester

This semester was definitely my most challenging yet, followed closely by the previous semester. Going from freshman to sophomore is not an easy transition. Classes get harder, you actually start getting into your major, and you also start thinking about what you’re doing to prepare yourself for life after college.  Even though this past semester ...