‘College 101’ Posts

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 ...

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 ...