February 10, 2016

Survival of the Fittest: Tips for Freshmen:

Once you are off to college you have now officially started your journey towards becoming an independent adult. As a young and inexperienced adult you will soon learn that the ‘real’ world has numerous demands that you need to juggle and balance. There is no longer anyone there to tell you exactly what to do in every situation, there is no one to remind you of your responsibilities or to tell you when to stop fooling around and start studying for exams. All of this will now be your … [Read more...]

Join a Club Sport

When you enter college the one thing people tell you is to, “join as many clubs as possible and meet as many people as possible.” People often overlook club sports as something to get involved in or as a viable community to base your college career around.  I beg to differ.  The following is my experience with the Ultimate Frisbee Club at my school. I’m an extremely competitive person and find the need to compete in trivial, every-day tasks.  Understanding that aspect of my character, I realized … [Read more...]

How to Become a Social Butterfly in College

So you've just started college and all of your friends from back home didn't come packed inside your suitcase with you to college. How will you ever survive? Now more than ever is the time to meet people by utilizing the resources that surround you. There are plenty of other students who are facing the same dilemma you are; being friendless. So now what? Use Your Classes Wisely Maybe the classes you are currently enrolled in are boring and uninteresting, or maybe you enjoy them. Either way, … [Read more...]

How College Students Can Protect Themselves from Cybercrime

Fall is a magical time on a college campus. Classes are finally getting interesting, homecoming is over but there is the promise of Halloween right around the corner, and by October, even the freshman are into the swing of things. For most college students, properly protecting yourself from cyber criminals is the last thing on your mind. However, studies show that cyber security is precisely the thing you should be concerned with. According to the Federal Trade Commission, college-aged people … [Read more...]

DIY Dorm Room Decorating Hacks

Dorm life results when two or more people have to mesh their decorating style without merging their finances because, well, they’re broke! Cramped quarters, weird layouts and limited funds are just a few of the setbacks college students face when moving into a dorm. But if you’re headed back to school this semester, you don’t have to spend a pretty penny to create the room you’ve always wanted. Here’s how: Be Fun and Functional Who says you can’t put up wallpaper? Possibly the RA, and probably … [Read more...]

How Distance Can Actually Improve Your Relationships

Going away to college puts a scary amount of distance between students and everything they have come to know and feel secure about. No longer can we rely on the comforts of home and the familiar faces of everyday life; instead, we have to branch out, try new things, meet new people, and find where we fit in. Amidst all of this, we also have to manage the friendships and relationships from our past. We must remember to call our parents every so often, write on our high school friends’ Facebook … [Read more...]

How To Talk With Your Professor

You coexist with your professors for hours every week, yet communication is predominantly one-sided. As a student, I know just how intimidating it can feel to talk with your professor, especially in a worst-case-scenario situation. The Worst Case Scenario Maybe you have been here, but hopefully you have not. The worst case scenario is when you have fallen behind, feel like you are drowning, pulling your hair out, and ultimately resign to the idea that you are going to fail the class. Do not … [Read more...]

Getting Started on Your College Journey

Your quest to college completion will be long and time consuming. To help you get started with your college prep process and make a smooth transition, here are a few questions that you should ask yourself. Have you started thinking about the type of school you want to attend next year? Small, large, public, private, community college, in state, out of state, etc. You have many choices, where do you see yourself? What qualities in your future Alma Mater are most important? Majors offered, … [Read more...]

4 Lifelong benefits of participating in student activities

It can be tempting when juggling a hectic schedule to take your classes, do your homework and not participate in what your college has to offer. This is especially true when pursuing a graduate degree such as a learning design and technology masters, when you may be living off-campus and employed full-time. However, devoting a few hours every day or even just every week to participate in student activities can help you achieve your student learning outcomes (SLOs), the overall goals for your … [Read more...]

Best and Worst Purchases of College Freshman

Just a few short months away from becoming a college freshman, there’s a lot to think about when shopping for college. There are supplies, books, gear and then everything for your dorm room. Whether you’re saving up your money from a summer job, got a ton of cash for graduation or plan on getting some help from the parents, a shopping spree is in order. Technology First off, you have to have the basics for studying. Books will come once you start classes, but computers and devices are a … [Read more...]