October 7, 2015

3 Tips for a Smooth Transition to College

Heading off to college is a life-changing transition into adulthood. You have a lot to consider—from choosing where to go and deciding on a major to picking classes, a dorm room and a roommate who doesn't drive you bonkers. Then you'll have internships and jobs to consider. Avoid getting overwhelmed by making a plan on how to not only survive but thrive in college. Here's where to start. Picking a Major Many students already know what they want to major in, while others only have a vague idea … [Read more...]

If I Had Only Known This Stuff as a College Freshman

If you're starting university this fall, you are most likely excited and nervous at the same time—I know I was when I was entering my first year year of college. I couldn't wait to get started, but I was anxious about the newness of it all. If this sounds familiar, I'm here to tell you what I wish I'd known back then. You Accumulate a Lot It doesn't matter what field your degree is in or whether you want to be a journalist or a paralegal. You're going to have more stuff at the end of the year … [Read more...]

Worth the Price: 5 Online Subscriptions for College Students

A big part of college is remembering things - memorizing impossible vocabulary, the dates of historic events, the Pythagoras Theorem, the behaviors of Pavlov's dog and which day is penny pitcher night at your favorite bar. One key to being a successful college student is good planning. Therefore, subscription services are useful tools for college students who have too much to remember. Simply sign up for what you need and the goods and services are delivered to your inbox or mail box when you … [Read more...]

Getting the Most out of Orientation (Part II)

In order to get the most out of orientation you must have an open mind. With the right attitude you will be able to listen and absorb all of the information that will be provided to you during orientation. Make sure you arrive prepared with paper and something to write with or record on. You'll receive so much information your brain will be on overload and you'll be able to review your notes later. Be sure to pay close attention to names, buildings and campus resources so you can notate where … [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...]

An ego boost that’ll boost your future prospects

We all have that person in our circle of friends who can easily be classified as “our biggest fan.” You know, the one who always cheers for you the loudest, shares pride in your accomplishments, and constantly reminds you, well, how awesome you are. What a way to put a smile on your face and lift your spirits. My go-to girl for a pick me up is one of my best friends, Olivia. She never fails to tell me what a great job I am doing with my every endeavor. When I called to tell her I landed an … [Read more...]

The 5 best stress-busters for a (formerly) stressed out college student

Thousands of bloggers, columnists, self-help experts, and everyday people offer their advice to others on how to stay stress-free at school, work, or just in life. But oftentimes college students may find their tips not practical or relatable—really, what young adult with a five-class course load, a part time job, and any shred of a respectable social life has the time to take a soothing bubble bath and sip wine? Yet college is arguably one of the first most stressful times we experience on … [Read more...]

7 Things that Your Professor Won’t Tell You

When it comes to success in college, understanding your professors is a crucial skill. The seven things your professors won't tell you will surprise you and give you the competitive edge when it comes your education. 1. They want you to succeed.  Most college professors want you to do well. When their students succeed, it makes their classes more popular and boosts their professional reputation. Think of your professor as your partner in success. 2. Not enough students ask for … [Read more...]

The trouble with first year experience programs

As a graduate of three distinctly different institutions, a former college administrator at four distinctly different institutions, and student leader, I’ve had an opportunity to see higher education from many different prospectives. Unfortunately, from what I’ve observed is that most institutions make the mistake of handling the first year experience in a “survival of the fittest” fashion. Most schools, frontload first year students with too much information during the first week of … [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...]