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Freshman 15: How to Survive Your First Exam Week

April 25, 2013

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The Freshman Fifteen is a series by college freshman Elizabeth on the various things she’s learned throughout the year. Stay tuned for more posts!

For college freshman, one of the most daunting events is the first finals week. It can be scary and intimidating, but with a few helpful pointers, you’ll be able to breeze through it without a care in the world.

First of all, don’t believe the hype. 

All of the after school specials, bad teen movies, older siblings, and guidance counselors want you to believe that exam week is this terrifying entity of its own that reduces students to tears and can make or break your future. Spoiler alert: it’s not.

 

Sure, you may have difficult classes that you need to study for. Sure, the week might be a bit more stressful than a regular one. But more often than not, “final exams” are the same as the other tests you take in the class (aka not cumulative) and nothing much changes.

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Freshman 15: The (Real) Essential Packing List

April 18, 2013

The Freshman Fifteen is a series by college freshman Elizabeth on the various things she’s learned throughout the year. Stay tuned for more posts!

You’ve seen them everywhere. Those lists that promise they’re the ultimate guide to packing for your first (or second, or third) year of college. But in my experiences, I’ve noticed that more often than not, those lists leave off some important things, while listing several not so necessary items.

So what all is “necessary” for college and dorm living? Mostly, these decisions depend on your personality, needs, and lifestyle. Many things that people don’t think to pack or bring to college with them:

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Freshman 15: Scholarships 101

April 4, 2013

The Freshman Fifteen is a series by college freshman Elizabeth on the various things she’s learned throughout the year. Stay tuned for more posts!

It’s come the time of year when high school seniors have applied and been accepted to colleges and universities, and are now charged with the task of figuring out how to pay for said college education.

Loans are always available, but of course, the less money you have to pay back in the long run, the better. And most people, excepting those who are independently wealthy, don’t have the money to pay for everything up front and out of pocket. Federal aid can help to some extent, but for the multitude of students stuck in the optimistically named middle class, scholarships are the best option.

But what are scholarships? How do I get one? How do they work? Fear not, for this post will cover all the basics of finding, applying for, and receiving your scholarships.

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How Volunteering Can Help You and Your Resume

March 27, 2013
Volunteering to Boost Resume

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You hear it often, think about it maybe once or twice. Volunteering. Maybe your high school had a required number of hours for graduation, or maybe it was just highly encouraged. Everyone knows that it’s a great way to help out the community, and feel good about yourself, but have you ever thought how it will look to future employers, internship advisers, or on scholarship or college applications?

While it’s true that, when it comes to college and scholarship applications, things like GPA and scholarly achievement are important, but they aren’t everything. Volunteering is like going above and beyond, and it can set you apart from other applicants. If it comes down to two students who are alike in nearly every way on paper, the admissions officers are going to choose the one who has more volunteering hours under their belt (most likely).

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Fire Safety in College

March 18, 2013
Fire safety in college

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For college students with their thoughts on grades, exams, and cafeteria food, fire hazards are probably the last thing to cross their mind after a busy day of classes. Possibilities for fires are endless, especially in cramped and cluttered dorm rooms and apartments. However, there are a few small things you can do that won’t take up time out of your busy schedule, and can greatly decrease the risk of fire hazards in your space.

Keep clutter away from outlets. While you might not think much of having your dirty laundry piled up around an electrical outlet, all it takes is one frayed wire or a well timed spark to ignite your mountain of dirty socks and crumpled up jeans, and then it’s all downhill from there. It’s best not to have any excessive amount of clutter or objects around an outlet to minimize the possibility of a fire.

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Packing for Spring Break

March 7, 2013
College Spring Break Packing Tips

One Suitcase, Two Gays

For many college students across the country, spring break is looming ever nearer, or has already, well,  sprung. While most people only have thoughts of relaxing away from the stresses of college life on their mind, there are still plenty of things that need to happen before leaving for the week.

Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical locale to relax and rejuvenate for a week, or just heading home to spend time with friends and family, you’re going to need to pack enough things for a week to get you through.

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5 Tips to Ace Your College Midterms

February 25, 2013
Studying for Midterms

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Once again, it’s nearly time for midterm examinations. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking “How is it already halfway through the semester?” closely followed by “Midterms? Seriously?!” Fret not, however! Use these tips to effectively tackle midterms (and then enjoy your subsequent spring break).

1. Start early. As unpleasant as it may sound, beginning to study early and go over your exam materials a couple weeks before your midterms will really pay off in the long run. While it certainly won’t be the most fun thing you’ll do all semester, you’ll be happy when it comes down to crunch time and you have 6 exam in one week but you don’t have to feverishly cram as much as possible and miss out on sleep. Plus, starting early gives you more time to really absorb all the information so that you’ll do better on your exams as a whole.

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Advice to Help Anxiety

February 19, 2013

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You know the feeling: butterflies in your stomach, your palms start to sweat, your heart races, and you have the overwhelming urge to get the heck out of Dodge.

Everyone has anxiety as some time or another. Some people have it on a regular basis, while others are lucky enough to only have to deal with it occasionally. With all the stress that comes with being in college, it’s no wonder many students suffer – deadlines, homework, tests to study for, social pressures, the list goes on. Whichever the case is, everyone could benefit from knowing a few tips to help manage your anxiety.

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Birthdays on a College Budget

February 11, 2013
Birthdays on a College Budget

You know the story: it’s your roommate’s/best friend’s/significant other’s birthday, and you’ve been charged – explicitly or not – with throwing them a party. So now, not only do you need to get them a present, but you have to find a cake, food, and decorations for a party. What is a broke college kid to do?

There are several options for throwing a birthday party on a budget, luckily for you!

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5 Apps for Student Health

September 20, 2012

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Student health and fitness is a big deal in college, as for many people, it’s the first time they’ve had to be entirely conscious of how and what they’re eating, when they go to sleep, how much water they’re drinking, and so on. For the first time, no one’s there to stand over you and tell you that you need to eat four more bites of chicken before you can have ice cream, or that you should trade out the brownies for an apple every once in a while. However, there are some great apps that can help aid students and guide them in the right direction along these lines.

1. Water Your Body ($0.99) – This is a comprehensive app that allows you to track your daily water intake. It is tailored to your body and your circumstances, and gives you many helpful tips and facts about water and human health. It gives you a daily grade, sends you push notifications, and allows you to view an overall graph and statistics of your drinking habits. It’s great encouragement to get that daily 64 ounces! It is $0.99 on the App Store for a limited time.

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