‘College 101’ Posts

Effective Electives

Effective Electives

Throughout your college career, you’ll have the chance to take elective classes to supplement your core studies. Here at HackCollege, we think you should seize this opportunity while you can. Who knows, you may take a class that changes the way you look at the world. One elective may even sway you to switch majors. ...

College Lies TV Tells You

Felicity, Blue Mountain State, Gilmore Girls, Boy Meets World – all super entertaining shows that have done the unthinkable – lied to you! How many of us here have binged watched a ton of TV shows centered around young adults doing young adult things like going to college? I see all hands raised. Now, how ...

A Step-by-Step Guide to CLEP and DSST Exams

A Step-by-Step Guide to CLEP and DSST Exams

Recently, Emina wrote about testing out of classes in order to finish your degree early (or even just on time). But what does that look like in practice? Step One: Determine Which Exams Your School Accepts Complete lists of exams can be viewed on the College Board (CLEP) and ACT (DSST/DANTES) websites. In order to ...

29 College Majors You Didn’t Know Existed

29 College Majors You Didn’t Know Existed

College is a big deal and because of that it can be really stressful. One of the most stressful parts of the college experience is determining an appropriate major for study. If you’re anything like me, you have obsessed for months over which major you should choose. You’ve called friends, you’ve surfed the internet, you’ve lived in the ...

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 ...