April 29, 2016

Small Place, Big Space: How To Make The Most of Smaller Living Areas

So, you've arrived at your new college digs with a truck full of stuff and a can-do attitude. The place looks nice on the outside and when you unlock and open the front door, the inside takes your breath away - but not in a good way. "It's tiny!" you exclaim. We've all been there. College is a time when you'll inevitably be dealt the micro-loft apartment, the 400-square-foot studio, or one-room bungalow. But don't despair! The fact is, even the smallest spaces can be perfectly functional … [Read more...]

They say… 2 million adults over 40 are in college…

The number of college  students aged 40 to 64 has nearly reached the two million mark. That's an increase of almost 20% in the last decade according to a 2007 survey by U.S. News and World Report. Lifelong Learners - that's the term you'd have to apply to 40+ adults who are attending a class, taking self study courses or engaged in some type of learning including training and basic  education offered outside traditional higher  education, such as distance or online learning. If we count all … [Read more...]

Gear Up for a Successful Freshman Year

Going off to college is an exciting experience. The next four years will be some of the most fun and challenging times of your life. But, before you go, here’s what you should know. Always Be Learning After you cross the stage at your high school graduation, the real work begins. Instead of spending that time between high school and college binge-watching your favorite shows and napping on the couch, enroll in a class or brush up on your skills. There are dozens of online resources that can … [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...]

DESIGN: Making the Most of Your College Rental

One of the best aspects of college is the chance to live on your own. Not only are you free of the restrictions your parents imposed on you for the last 18 or so years, you're also free to decorate your new home however you want to. Whether you're living in campus housing or renting your first apartment, it's wise to think twice about the way you style and treat your new abode. When the lease is up and it's time to hand in the key and get your deposit back, the last things you want are … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for and Avoid Minor Health Problems in College

Going off to college is an exciting milestone. Many young adults are leaving home for the first time, and will be sharing a dorm room or apartment with friends or brand-new roommates. While communal living can be fun, it can also expose you to lots of germs and viruses. Since mom will probably not be around with hot chicken soup, a cold drink and a warm hug every time you get sick, the best thing you can do is prepare for some minor health emergencies—and then do what you can to avoid getting … [Read more...]

3 Keys to Staying Fit in College

Because of studying and partying along with balancing a social life, students forget to take care of their health. Although some students might not assume they have to stress out regarding vigorous habits, developing the right habits can increase disease resistance for college kids in order to remain fit in their adult lives. Workout Fitting an exercise routine into a busy school schedule can be tough, but most school campuses make it simple for college kids to do some workout. Most schools … [Read more...]

Saying ‘yes’ to it all for a successful future

I have many flaws (who doesn't?!): I’m foolishly stubborn, I never go to the gym, I often stay up too late, and I have a massive sweet tooth, just to name a few. But, luckily for me, I have just knocked one supposed negative off my list…or, well, I’ve used a little smoke and mirrors to make this flaw appear not so bad after all. I used to think that, in life, I used the word “yes” way too often. I know what you may be thinking: this girl is nuts. She considered saying “yes” as a personal … [Read more...]

Dumping the Sophomore Slump

Congratulations! You have made it to your second year. We’re all excited for you but before we throw you a parade, here are a few tips that will help you get one step closer to your ultimate goal: Graduation. Tip #1: The “game” is faster. Don’t expect the same level of support form the previous year. At most institutions, after one year, your campus fully expects you to have the hang of being a college student. I know this doesn’t seem fair but this is the reality of the situation. The … [Read more...]

Turn your campus chapter into a learning organization

As a leader in your chapter or your campus community you are constantly looking for ways to improve your organization. You can focus on increasing community service and philanthropy, providing more leadership workshops, or focus on the academics of your organization. All of these are commendable ways to improve your organization, but what if you could do something that caused all of these things to happen as a result? Well, you can. It’s pretty simple; just turn your chapter into a learning … [Read more...]