‘How To’ Posts

Tips for Planning Successful On-Campus Events

Tips for Planning Successful On-Campus Events

Most colleges have programming boards run by student organizations. These boards are designed to foster community, a safe environment and opportunity for growth. If successful, students engage with one another to build relationships and encourage identity development. Also—programming boards are a great way to join a campus community and have some fun. Here at HackCollege, ...

Picking Your Ideal Linux Distro: Part 1

Picking Your Ideal Linux Distro: Part 1

College students can enhance their computing productivity with the Linux operating system. Linux offers better speed, tighter security and several other advantages over Microsoft Windows and Apple OS-X. Plus, it comes at an unbeatable price: it’s completely free. No single company owns or sells the Linux OS, which is open source software. Several dozen open ...

Learning Linux: Getting Started

Learning Linux: Getting Started

Computer operating systems—OS-X, Windows, Linux, Android—are a lot like cars. Many people either own one or at least know how to operate them. This is because they’re essential to getting you where you want to go. Once you learn to drive one make, the other models all function pretty much the same way. For both ...

Why You Should be Using: The Pomodoro Method

Why You Should be Using: The Pomodoro Method

Your time in college is precious. Any given week can look like this: you have three papers due, an exam in the morning, a group project PowerPoint presentation that needs work, a t-shirt design for your sorority that’s overdue and if you go one more day without emailing your grandma she’s going to cut you ...

Guide to PowerPoint Presentations: Presenting

Guide to PowerPoint Presentations: Presenting

Once you have a visually appealing presentation, you just need to make an informative and engaging speech alongside. That can be both easier and harder than it sounds. For many people, a fear of public speaking turns simple presentations into terrifying ordeals. There are, however, a few things that can help even the most reticent ...

Six Simple Steps to Campus Safety

Six Simple Steps to Campus Safety

Being safe on campus can be a matter of common sense and knowing your surroundings. Beyond that, safety concerns vary based on the location and situations of your particular school and schedule. If you’re looking for some convenient ways to secure yourself and your friends in any situation, try the following. 1. bSafe bSafe is ...

Guide to PowerPoint Presentations: Building Slides

Guide to PowerPoint Presentations: Building Slides

Almost everyone I meet dislikes public speaking. Whether they’re afraid of looking foolish or they simply want to avoid the work required to build an effective presentation, few people seem to enjoy talking in front of a crowd. Those who want to improve their public speaking should know that applying a few tips can go ...

Writing the Perfect Paper: Pre-Writing Prep

Writing the Perfect Paper: Pre-Writing Prep

Topic? Check. Sources? Check. Start writing? Don’t even think about it. Nothing makes a paper harder to write than going into it unprepared (it makes it take longer too), so take one more step before you start piecing everything together. Read As you were gathering resources for your essay, chances are you only read the ...

Writing the Perfect Paper: Researching Quality Material

Writing the Perfect Paper: Researching Quality Material

By now, you’ve chosen your topic, completed your outline and you’re ready to start researching. But wait. Where do you begin? Most students go directly to Google, and that’s fine. It’s even okay to go to Wikipedia, though you never want to cite it as a main source of information. Rather, articles from the online ...

How to Make Friends as an Introvert

How to Make Friends as an Introvert

Many high schoolers can’t wait to get to college. For them, the opportunity to get away from home, pursue academic interests and make new friends is exciting. But some people aren’t as eager to go to college. If you’re the kind of person who struggles to make new friends, you might be worried about the ...

How To Pass The Class While Passing on the Reading

How To Pass The Class While Passing on the Reading

Studying efficiently is a vital part of earning good grades in college. Students don’t have unlimited time to complete assignments or prepare for tests, and they must manage their time appropriately. It’s important for students to prioritize their study material, and part of that is determining which reading assignments are worth completing, and which are ...

Tips for Nailing Job Interviews

Tips for Nailing Job Interviews

The job interview…every college student’s worst nightmare. It always seems like that interview is the only thing standing between you and your future, so making sure you nail it is crucial. Luckily for you, I am somewhat of an interview expert. I’ve compiled a list of tips that have always helped me get the “you ...