‘College 101’ Posts

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 ...

Study Break: The 5 Worst Myths About Sororities

Study Break: The 5 Worst Myths About Sororities

Do you think you know everything about sororities just because you watched a bunch of college movies? Well, guess again. Sorority girls aren’t all Cher types or Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Related: How to Reap the Benefits of Greek Life in the Real World We’ve rounded up a few popular myths about sororities and busted ...

8 Things Successful Students Consistently Do

8 Things Successful Students Consistently Do

There are certain things that “good students” do that others do not.  This is not to say that if you do not do these things you are not a good student, these are simply likely signs that someone is a good student and cares about their grades, opposed to those who don’t care at all. ...

4 Great Study Strategies to Tackle Finals

4 Great Study Strategies to Tackle Finals

Finals mark the dreaded final hurdle before summer/graduation arrives, and we’re nearly there. Here are my four favorite study strategies, which I used (with varying degrees of success) to tackle each semester’s onslaught of final essays, exams, late-night study sessions, and the overwhelming sense that I’m running out of time. Find a system that works ...

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 ...