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Interview Tips and Tricks

March 23, 2012

You researched your ideal job. You’ve submitted your resumé. You sent in your cover letter. You’ve waited for a while and it finally happened–you received that fantastic e-mail asking for an interview. Getting asked back for an interview is great news for anyone applying to a job; someone out there has validated your skills and wants to learn more about you and what you can bring to a particular position. The only problem? You’ve never been on an interview before.

Do you need some quick tips for nailing that interview for your dream job? Here are a few helpful hints for some interview success:

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Surviving the Summer Job Search

March 21, 2012

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Even though some of us have just had (or are about to go on) Spring Break, it’s already that time. Yes, time to start thinking about summer jobs and plans. It’s only March, but most internships, jobs and programs are closing in on their final dates for applications! Not exactly sure what type of job you want for the summertime? Check out the following information for securing an awesome summer job:

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The Ins and Outs of Residence Life

March 7, 2012

2009 Freshman Move In Day 001

Residence Life. This is a familiar term for anyone at any school, almost anywhere. Most colleges and universities require students to live on-campus during their freshman year in order to be acquainted with campus and understand the fixings of dorm living–roommates, dining halls, communal life and of course, a residence hall.

Not all colleges guarantee four years of housing, but residence life is important whether you live on-campus for one year or all four. Residence life presents a great opportunity to get involved in your school and living community at the same time. It’s also a fantastic source for school spirit and fun events!

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Going Abroad this Spring Break

February 29, 2012
Going Abroad for Spring Break

With Spring Break just around the corner, you might be planning a trip to a fabulous, exotic location–maybe someplace you’ve never been before. Maybe you have friends who are currently studying abroad and you’ve decided to visit. Going abroad, even just for a short time, is a great way to check out another country’s cultures and customs. Plus you can try new foods, meet new people and get exposed to an alternative way of life!

Whether you’re going someplace cool and breezy or hot and sunny, check out our tips on how to stay safe if you plan on packing your passport this break:

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Party with Caution this Spring Break

February 28, 2012

5FM Beach Party | Day 2 | Stimorol Springbreak

Spring break is almost here, everyone! It’s time for a well-deserved hiatus from schoolwork, jobs and (for some of us) snow and cold weather. This break, you might be heading on a road trip in a car, to an exotic location on a plane or back to your hometown on a train or bus. No matter where you go, use the following safety tips and tidbits to make sure you stay safe during your spring break–you’ll come back relaxed, refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the semester before summer arrives!

Since it’s spring break, you may want to go out and party. If you’re of legal drinking age in the country you’re visiting, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, the following tips will help you party safely:

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The Snowiest Schools in the U.S.

February 24, 2012

Snowy Quad Entrance

Does your idea of fun involve trekking to class on cross-country skis? How about being able to build a snowman from November until the beginning of April? Want to live close to great skiing and snowboarding? If you answered “yes” to any (or all!) of these questions, this is the perfect college guide for you. While some people in the United States have never seen snow in their lives, others can’t live without it. If you’re looking for a university with lots and lots of snow, check out the following list of the snowiest schools in the United States!

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Protect Your Apartment from Winter Weather

February 17, 2012

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It’s February, meaning there’s still plenty of winter left. Even though it gets closer to spring every day, there could still be blizzards, snowstorms and other winter-related problems. We all know that snow looks great outside of your home or apartment, but we also need to make sure that we know how to deal with it if it ever gets out of control or threatens your safety. Here are a few quick tips to make sure you’re safe at home for the rest of the winter, especially if there’s a storm:

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I’m Back from Abroad, Now What? Dealing With Reverse Culture Shock

February 1, 2012
Navigating Reverse Culture Shock

As I’ve mentioned before, study abroad is an amazing experience during college. It’s a fantastic opportunity to travel and learn about life outside of your everyday college campus. While abroad, your new life takes some adjustment. After all, you are living in a new country with different customs, food and possibly a foreign language. This period of adjustment is something everyone goes through. Coming back from abroad is similar as well.

Reverse culture shock is the feeling you have when you’re not quite used to being back at home or on campus in the United States. Often, reverse culture shock hits a few days upon return from study abroad. In my jet-lagged haze on the way home from the airport last spring, I remember staring out the window, amazed at seeing billboards written in English. I had gone so long looking at things in Spanish that it seemed weird to understand everything on an advertisement right off the bat! Reverse culture shock is also completely normal. Almost everyone who goes abroad experiences it.

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Best Clubs to Join on Campus

January 9, 2012
Best Clubs to Join

The Spring 2012 semester is here and with it comes a new chance to get more involved on campus! During your four years at school, there are so many different clubs and organizations to join. Here’s a quick overview of some clubs and groups that help get you involved in university life while also having fun!

  • Hobbies-based clubs. Do you enjoy knitting, painting, singing or even juggling or people-watching? Colleges have all sorts of clubs and student groups based on the hobbies of the student body. Usually if there isn’t a club you’re interested in, schools are open to creating a group for you! Look into your interests and see if they match up with the groups on your campus this year. Check with your school’s student activities office for more information on what clubs are available and if there will be an activities fair or sign up period at the beginning of the semester. Don’t be shy! Clubs love having new members and probably can’t wait to add you and your talents to their ranks!

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Going, Going, Gone…Abroad!

December 28, 2011
Study Abroad

If you’re in college, you’ve probably heard a lot about study abroad. Going abroad means being able to study in a foreign country (and sometimes in a different language) while also having the opportunity to travel, meet new people from around the world and explore a new culture. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend some time outside of your everyday college campus–there are study abroad programs across the globe. Even if your college or university does not offer a study abroad program in a place you’d like to see, there’s a high probability that another school does.

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