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10 Ways To Excel At College

1. Be Open To New Experiences

Entering college, you are a stranger in a strange new world. You probably don't know anyone, and you might be far from home and lonely. Who could blame you for clinging to the familiar? Understand, though, that just about every new student is going through the same emotions that you are, so you should not be afraid of getting out there and meeting them. And if you are one of the kids who applied with a group of friends, it's great that you've found a way around the initial anxiety of school's first days, but your comfort is a double-edged sword. Don't be so comfortable with the high school crowd that you don't try some of the new experiences college has to offer.

2. College Is For Students — Be a Great One

With all of the dorm high jinks and parties erupting everywhere, you might not feel that you've joined a community of scholars, but you have. Make sure you attend all of your class meetings and sections, and take notes. Not only will your professors and TA's love you for this, but you will be in a great position when you have to prepare for tests, papers, and exams.

3. Don't Procrastinate

There's so much to do, and so much fun to have. Don't let it overwhelm you. Make a study schedule for yourself and stick to it as best you can. There might be days when no studying gets done, but most days, you should spend a few hours staying on top of your assignments.

4. Join a Campus Organization

If you love to write, join the newspaper or magazine. If you're an actor, try out for a play. When you get out into the "real world," people will be interested in your GPA, but much like college admissions staffs, employers and graduate programs also like to see that people engaged in their college experience in some way on a passionate, personal level.

5. Visit the Career Services Office

Speaking of the real world, it's never too early to drop in at career services. A visit to your school's career center can help you focus your course of study to prepare you for an exciting career. You might also find out about internships.

6. Befriend A Reference Librarian

With the advent of Google, many students think that libraries are obsolete. Nothing could be further from the truth. When you have your first assignment that requires research, drop by the reference desk. Your librarian will show you a world of options for sourcing your papers and projects that will impress your professors.

7. Consider a Term Abroad

Many schools offer the opportunity to study in a foreign country.

8. Move around

We all know about the freshman fifteen. If you're diligently studying, they can creep up on you before you even realize it. Even if you don't engage in a hardcore workout program, move around. Go for a walk with a friend for a study break instead of staying in and ordering that pizza.

9. Eat Right

While pizza is okay sometimes, make sure a real vegetable passes your lips now and then. By taking care of yourself, you'll feel and think better.

10. Sleep

No doubt, you'll be very busy. To make sure you can keep up the hectic pace college demands, schedule some time to sleep. If you get exhausted, you won't think as clearly, and you won't have the energy you need to be excellent.

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Prepare Yourself Financially For Your Graduate Degree

Earning a graduate degree is perhaps one of the most time intensive yet rewarding challenges that a seeker of knowledge can undertake. Few people, however, consider the big picture when it comes to the entire financial aspect of earning a master's degree. Tuition will undoubtedly be one of the biggest expenses, but there are other things to consider as well. Does your degree program allow you to work while you attend school or will the schedule be too demanding? If you cannot work, one needs to consider living expenses and funds for emergencies.

The cost of tuition for a master's level degree ranges from $12,000 at smaller colleges to in excess of $80,000 at some of the Ivy League schools. On average, at a state university, a student can expect a total cost of about $40,000. Be aware that these are just tuition costs. Traditionally, there are also costs for each book, registration fees, and application fees as well as possible fees for parking depending on your school.

Then, there is also the cost of living. You know more about your unique financial situation than anyone else. So, it is up to you to decide how you will handle this. Be sure to interview people in the academics department, career services office as well as current students if you can. This way, you will get a more accurate portrayal of life at the school. You can then determine whether or not you will need to work full time, part time or not work at all. If you are in a financial situation that does not require you to work during your degree, you may consider volunteering at a company that operates in your chosen field of study. Or, the career services office may be able to help find an internship near your school. True, these options may add a part time job to your schedule, but you will be better off in the long run for a couple of different reasons. First, internships allow you a place to network among peers in the industry. I am sure you are aware of the old adage, it is not what you know, but who you know. If you play your cards right, you might just find yourself a job before you have completed your degree. Second, even if you do not find a job with the company you volunteer at or intern with, you will gain valuable insight into the industry while providing yourself with professional references and experience.

Finally, you should always have money set aside for emergencies as well as health insurance. Too often, people fail to plan in these areas and end up making a costly mistake because of an unforeseen circumstance.

So, you need to decide how much it will cost you to live every month. Do not be afraid to put yourself on a budget and adhere to it! Outside of that, planning ahead is the best action that you can take to ensure your success in school.

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Finally.. Summer Vacation!! Enjoy Your Summer With These Tips..

Go Into The Summer Proud Of What You've Accomplished
Study hard! The first piece of advice you should hear about having an enjoyable summer is that you should work hard in school BEFORE your summer vacation. Go into the summer break as a triumphant young scholar who has had victory over every exam and paper they threw at you over the course of the school year. Of course, you can still have a great summer even if you got a D in physics, but you'll have an even better one if you buckle down and get that B, or A.

Make Sure You Enjoy Your Summer By Planning It
How will you plan this summer when you're busy studying for physics? Especially if you're having a challenging year at school, you might not have a lot of free time. However, the most enjoyable summers take a little planning, and you want one, right? You also deserve it. So, the next time you catch yourself daydreaming about when all of your homework will finally all be over, switch over to a productive mode and make that dream a reality.

Vacation Getaways
If you're chained to your computer this semester, or stuck in the library 24/7, you might be fantasizing about the perfect vacation. If you start your plans early enough, even if you don't have a lot of money, you and your friends can have a great time. Figure out where you'd like to go and start a savings plan. If you don't have a job, you can probably get one that will fit into your busy schedule if you stop by the career services office.

Volunteer Opportunities and Internships and Your Ever Increasingly Important Resume
As long as you're at the career services office, maybe you should look into work for the summer as well. While it's true that you've already worked hard all through the school year and the idea of work during your vacation might not be so appealing to you, consider this: the work that you do this summer, if you do it, will not require you to write papers or do homework in all likelihood. It will be a different kind of work, and because you're choosing it, it will probably be more fun than what your physics professor makes you do. Equally important (at least), any work that you do during your summers in college will help you down the road when it's time to apply for jobs after graduation. If you do an internship or a volunteer position in a field you like, your experience will make you a stronger applicant when you're applying for a job in that field. And, if you happen to think an industry sounds great, take an internship in it, and find out it's not for you, that's information you should be very glad to have.

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Top 5 Ways To Have A Satisfying College Experience

1. Learn
Learn. Learn as much as you can. For many people, college is the last time in their lives when academics take center stage. This might sound great if you’re in the midst of cramming for the SAT or working on your admissions essay, but paying attention to your academics in college will be rewarding in many ways. If you’re not a "learning is its own reward" person, focus on the fact that the more you learn, and the better you do in school, the better your chances are of securing a great job down the road. In some careers, you may even end up providing a transcript as part of your job application. So think twice before cutting class.

2. Meet people
a lot of people say that they learned more from the students around them than they did from any of their classes. Whether or not this turns out to be true for you, another aspect of college that makes it an once-in-a-lifetime experience is the community of people you’ll be living with. Take the opportunity to get to know about people from different parts of the world.

3. Take risks
Whether it’s going abroad for a semester, or taking skydiving lessons, do something outside your comfort zone during college. You need something for the stories you’ll tell in the future about your days as a crazy college student, right? And beyond the potential for spinning a good yarn, taking the opportunity to do something that seems unlike the you in high school may teach you that there’s more to you than even you knew.

4. Prepare for the future
While you should invest as much as possible of yourself in the present moment of your college experience, you should also give some thought to what you’ll do on the other side of the graduation platform. Visit the career services office. Talk to a favorite professor about how he chose his career at your age. Get a couple of internships during your time at school. You might find something you love during an internship, which could lead to a job down the road. Or, you might find that what you thought you’d love is really not for you. Either way, it’s good information to have.

5 Take care of your health
No, this doesn’t mean sit inside on Friday night and do nothing but eat broccoli, but it’s easy to lose perspective on taking care of yourself in the intensity that is undergraduate life. There is so much you need to do, and so much you want to do that sleep and nutrition might not even come up as priorities for you. But you can’t do anything if you get the flu or mono, so balance your flurry of activity with some solid sleep and nutrition.

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10 Ways To Rock At College

1. Be Open To New Experiences
Entering college, you are a stranger in a strange new world. You probably don’t know anyone, and you might be far from home and lonely. Who could blame you for clinging to the familiar? Understand, though, that just about every new student is going through the same emotions that you are, so you should not be afraid of getting out there and meeting them. And if you are one of the kids who applied with a group of friends, it’s great that you’ve found a way around the initial anxiety of school’s first days, but your comfort is a double-edged sword. Don’t be so comfortable with the high school crowd that you don’t try some of the new experiences college has to offer.

2. College Is For Students — Be a Great One
With all of the dorm high jinks and parties erupting everywhere, you might not feel that you’ve joined a community of scholars, but you have. Make sure you attend all of your class meetings and sections, and take notes. Not only will your professors and TA’s love you for this, but you will be in a great position when you have to prepare for tests, papers, and exams.

3. Don’t Procrastinate
There’s so much to do, and so much fun to have. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Make a study schedule for yourself and stick to it as best you can. There might be days when no studying gets done, but most days, you should spend a few hours staying on top of your assignments.

4. Join a Campus Organization
If you love to write, join the newspaper or magazine. If you’re an actor, try out for a play. When you get out into the "real world," people will be interested in your GPA, but much like college admissions staffs, employers and graduate programs also like to see that people engaged in their college experience in some way on a passionate, personal level.

5. Visit the Career Services Office
Speaking of the real world, it’s never too early to drop in at career services. A visit to your school’s career center can help you focus your course of study to prepare you for an exciting career. You might also find out about internships.

6. Befriend A Reference Librarian
With the advent of Google, many students think that libraries are obsolete. Nothing could be further from the truth. When you have your first assignment that requires research, drop by the reference desk. Your librarian will show you a world of options for sourcing your papers and projects that will impress your professors.

7. Consider a Term Abroad
Many schools offer the opportunity to study in a foreign country.

8. Move around
We all know about the freshman fifteen. If you’re diligently studying, they can creep up on you before you even realize it. Even if you don’t engage in a hardcore workout program, move around. Go for a walk with a friend for a study break instead of staying in and ordering that pizza.

9. Eat Right
While pizza is okay sometimes, make sure a real vegetable passes your lips now and then. By taking care of yourself, you’ll feel and think better.

10. Sleep
No doubt, you’ll be very busy. To make sure you can keep up the hectic pace college demands, schedule some time to sleep. If you get exhausted, you won’t think as clearly, and you won’t have the energy you need to be excellent.

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