‘How To’ Posts

How to Make the Most of Your Course Syllabus

Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is 80 percent of life.” While that may not be the case for college life due to demanding time commitments and rigorous course loads, the adage does hold true for the first week of college. Just showing up on time to those first three yawn-inducing days of course syllabus ...

Moving Out: Breaking Away from Parents

As you begin your first year of school, you’re feeling excited, anxious, and a whole slew of other emotions. Even knowing this, there are some things that are bound to sneak up on you, like getting sick with nobody to make soup or buy you Gatorade; having to share your important decisions with strangers; having ...

Developing Discipline as a Freshman

Many of you head into college with high expectations of grandeur, especially if you got a few scholarships or if you’re heading to a big and prestigious college. Hate to break it to you, but college is nothing like high school. Your average A+ writing assignments in high school will land you a C at ...

Freshman Week: How to Tame Your Freshman Ego

Whether you think so or not, almost everyone coming into a prestigious college (like the one I’m sure you’re going to) will have a very big ego come freshman year. After all, everyone just spent the summer riding on the high of their own accomplishments. At big-name schools especially, everyone loves to remember the reasons ...

Freshman Week: How to Not Look Like a Freshman

You’ve finalized your freshman class schedule, you’ve met up with a couple friends from orientation, and perhaps you’re okay with the fact that even though summer break has met an untimely death, its abrupt termination nevertheless signals promising opportunities for learning that are just around the corner. However, among the plentiful pros of starting academically ...

Freshman Week: Dorm Room Decorating on a Budget

The cement walls of dorm rooms can frustrate in a few ways — they’re usually way too close to each other, they are somehow thin enough to hear everything your neighbors are up to, and they’re so ugly. But before you drop lots of money at the start-of-school poster sale and IKEA, try out these ...

Freshman Week: How to Make the Dean’s List

Many of us are aware that there is a Dean’s List. Some of us come close to making it, and even fewer have actually made it onto the list. Here are a few things that you can do to make the Dean’s List and stay on top of your studies, no matter what your major ...

College Transitions: Avoiding the Freshman 15

Editor’s Note: This is part four of College Transitions, a twice-weekly series of video posts brought to you by Lisa Ferguson and TYTUniversity. The dreaded “freshman 15!” We’ve all heard the horrifying tales of heading off to college, gaining weight, and never, ever looking or feeling the same again. But plenty of students make it through college while staying healthy; ...

5 Ways to Save Money on Tuition

College is expensive, we all know this; however, that doesn’t mean it’s completely unaffordable. While it would be great to have enough savings from your high school job to pay for college, as instate tuition costs an average of $10,000 per year, that’s pretty unlikely. Don’t worry; we have some tips to help you out! ...

5 Tips to Survive Academic Advising

In high school, it was the principal’s office. In college, it’s academic advising. Most of the time, you go on your own volition, but it usually compares to the bar, student union and yes, even the library. Your college advising visit doesn’t need to generate a migraine, though. If you follow the tips below, your trip to ...

How to Clean Up Your Inbox

As college students, our email inbox can pile up with emails that we don’t know whether to keep, delete, or archive. So we just leave them alone. More and more come in and they continue to pile up. We continue to not know what to do. Does that sound like you? Here’s what you can do ...