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Top 10 Test Taking Tips

December 4, 2012
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Finals SeasonThe turkey is eaten and Thanksgiving break is over. For college students, this also means that the dreaded finals are approaching quickly. While finals are unavoidable, there are some ways to make them easier to manage. Here are ten test taking tips to help every college student get through finals and make it to winter break in one piece.

1.  Create a study schedule
Schedule out what days your finals are on and when you will study for each final. It’s not uncommon to have more than one final on a day ,and you don’t want to find yourself with only one night to study for two different tests. Make sure you plan enough time to study for each exam.

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Six Fun and Free Study Break Ideas

November 15, 2012

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The holiday season is right around the corner. And while this may bring a smile to your face it may also cause an unbidden shudder to go down your spine as you realize this also means finals are almost here. And while finals will inevitably mean hours of studying it doesn’t all have to be bad. Here are some fun (and free) study break ideas to help get you through it.

1.)    Take a walk– Grab a friend or two and head outside. You can either walk around campus or head to a local park. Not only will this get you away from your books, but it will also be a time for you to de-stress by getting to talk with friends and catch up with each other. Also, the fresh air and oxygen with refresh your brain and help you remember more material when you return to studying with fresh eyes.

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5 Healthy and Tasty Snacks You Can Make in Your Dorm Room

November 1, 2012

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Over a month into the new semester and you’re probably already bored with your go-to snacks and looking for any excuse to avoid the dining hall. However, many college students (especially underclassmen) don’t have stoves, so this makes eating well harder for them. But that doesn’t mean they have to resort to ordering greasy pizza or scarfing down cookies to get some yummy food! Here are 5 quick and healthy snacks you can make in your dorm room with only a microwave!

1.)    Pizza Bagels– Just because you want to eat healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up things you love. You can make your own mini pizzas in your dorm room with just a microwave. All you need are bagels, a jar of pizza sauce, and a bag of shredded mozzarella, and (optional) pepperoni. Spread some pizza sauce on the bagel halves and top with some cheese and pepperoni, then heat in the microwave for about a minute or until the cheese is melted. If you want a more healthy option, get whole wheat bagels or bagel thins.

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Apartment Friendly Halloween Decoration Tips

October 30, 2012

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Just because you don’t have your own house doesn’t mean that you have to pass on decorating for Halloween. Even those on the cheapest of budgets can find ways to add some fun to their apartment and get in the spooky spirit without damaging your rented digs. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Paper Chains- Find yourself with some extra time due to the weather? Why not tap into your inner child and make a traditional paper chain. All you need is orange and black construction paper, scissors, and a stapler or glue. Cut the construction paper into equal sized strips then create the first loop using one strip. Take the next strip and place this through the first link, forming this into a loop and fasten and continue until you get the chain as long as you want. Then just hang it up around your apartment!

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5 Common Risks to Avoid on Campus

September 28, 2012

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College can be a time for fun and a time to learn how to live on your own. Without your mom and dad there to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do, it leaves a lot of room for common mistakes and risks. Here are five of the biggest and most common ones, and how to avoid them.

1.)    Stress– This is unfortunately one of the hardest risks to avoid in college. With classes, clubs, tests, and socializing there will be plenty of times where it will seem like there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. However, with discipline, this risk can be avoided. The most important factor is that you do assignments when they are assigned and before they are due. In most classes, your homework will be reading, which to many can seem like no homework. But reading is often imperative to understanding and passing the course and you don’t want to wait until the night before the midterm to read an entire month’s worth of homework. So do it when it is assigned, even if the teacher isn’t collecting it. Another way to avoid stress is to manage your time wisely and schedule it out. Believe it or not, students have a lot of free time if they work out when they will do everything and don’t waste time watching tv or napping. The moral of the story: make sure to use your time to the most and get things done as soon as possible to avoid a huge headache and a lot of stress.

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5 Tips to Help You Rock Your Sophomore Year of College

September 13, 2012

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Congrats! You have reached your second year of college meaning you are officially no longer a freshman! You know the ins and outs of your campus, have your group of friends, and have adjusted to college life. But just because you’re comfortable doesn’t mean that you don’t have anything to do this year. During sophomore year there’s a lot of decisions and things that you need to think about. Here’s a checklist so that you don’t miss any of the major events of sophomore year.

  • Deciding Your Major– While each school varies based on when they require you to select a major, it is pretty common that you will need to declare it by the end of your sophomore year so you definitely want to start thinking about it ASAP. To help you decide you should take lots of different classes this year to get a sense of what you enjoy. You can also talk to professors, other students, and people in different professions to get their opinions and understand exactly what the requirements will be for each major you choose. Also consider what kind of job you want to do after college and which major is going to be the best to get you there.

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Back to School: How to Decorate Your Dorm

September 3, 2012
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Whether you’re a nervous first year or confidently heading back for your last year of college, something everyone looks forward to is decorating their dorm room. And your room isn’t only a bedroom; it’s also where you host guests, eat dinner, and do your homework, so you want to make sure it looks great. So, to get you brainstorming here are some basic tips that will help you when planning your dorm’s décor.

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5 Things You Have to Have for Study Abroad

August 23, 2012

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Believe it or not, summer is almost over and it’s time to start thinking about what you need to get before heading back to college in a few short weeks. Being a junior, you’re probably thinking that this will be easy as pie seeing as you have gone through the routine for two years already. But for many students, junior year will bring something that they have never encountered before: study abroad. Packing to study abroad is a lot different than just packing for going back to school. For one thing, you can’t bring your whole wardrobe on a plane with you (unless you’re really good at packing). So to get you started, here are the top five things that you have to bring with you when you head off to study abroad this junior year:

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How to Have Safe Parties this Summer

July 27, 2012

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It’s finally summertime! And with the summer comes tons of pool parties, barbeques, and late night bonfires. But when people plan these celebrations of the sun, most don’t think about the consequences and dangers involved. While parties in the summer can be some of the most fun, they can also come with the most danger and risks, both for those throwing the party and those enjoying it. So here are some tips to help you have a fun and safe summer!

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How to Protect Yourself When Subletting This Summer

June 29, 2012

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Living by yourself for the first time can be scary for many college students. Even though, in theory, students live by themselves on campus most of their needs are taken care of by the school in place of their parents. So, one way to ease into living alone is by subletting an apartment for the summer. If you are taking classes or have an internship that is not nearby your school or any relatives, subletting an apartment is a perfect solution.

Subletting an apartment means that you are simply leasing the apartment from the person whose name is on the original lease, not the landlord. Often the people subleasing the apartment use it during the school year but leave during the summer so they rent it out in order to cover the cost for those months that they are not using it. However, in most of these situations you will have to share the apartment, either with friends or sometimes people you don’t know. This can make you feel like you’re back in freshman year and have to again face the uncertainty of living with someone you don’t know. Even if you are living with people that you know, everyone will have different schedules which can make it very different than living with them in dorms during the school year.

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