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College Life: What To Expect

small group College Life: What To ExpectYou're starting out at college and you're more than a little excited. Going to college is a young man or woman's transition into adulthood. You will face situations and realities that you never have before, and you will have to find new resources and strengths to handle them. Everyone's college experience is different, but here are a few things you can expect from college life.

The People

Expect to meet new people from all walks of life. One of the great advantages to college is the diversity it provides. People from different cultures, backgrounds and belief systems all come together in one location. Have an open mind. What seems strange to you may be perfectly normal to others, and vice versa. If you stay flexible to new ideas and attitudes, you may make friends in places you never imagined you would.

The Places

You may have spent years in your home town and gotten to know it like the back of your hand. Suddenly you're in a whole new place, with different buildings, different landmarks, and a whole different layout. The first day, this may be a little scary. By the end of the first month, your college campus will probably already start to feel like home. You may be surprised how quickly you get to know your new location. When you arrive, it may seem like it will never happen. But it will happen and sooner than you think, so don't panic.

The Things

There are some things you are going to have to get used to in college. You're probably going to have to do your own laundry and your own shopping. You're going to have to learn to get along with your roommate. You may even get a little homesick from time to time. Just remember that these are things that everyone is going through. Take advantage of Freshman orientation to get to know your fellow new students and become acclimated to college life. Don't be afraid to approach the Residence Counselor for help and advice. That's what he or she is there for. And it's perfectly OK to call, write, or email friends and family back home when you need a little pick-me-up.

In addition to the above, you can also expect to be challenged academically like you never have before. You will need to rise to this occasion, and you can. Stay focused and disciplined. Set appropriate study hours and stick to them. You don't have to go to every single party or stay up late every single night. With a little planning, you can have a fun as well as academically successful college life.

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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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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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Top Five Tips for a Successful College Experience

College can be a very rewarding situation. If you get fired up about it, you can challenge yourself in ways you never thought possible. You need to jump right into the fray, and not be frazzled by anything or anyone. You are the one who is ultimately in control of your college achievements.

Here are five easy tips for achieving a successful college experience.

1. it’s better to turn an assignment in late, than not at all. It’s better to have an excellent late assignment, than a poor effort that’s turned in on time.

If you have to turn in an assignment, and you have no time remaining to complete it, take evasive action. Tell your professor (privately) what the situation is. Buy more time and turn in your assignment late. If you rush, and turn in a piece of trash, your grades and your education will suffer. If you turn in an excellent late assignment, you may be docked points, but you will maintain a high level of quality.

2. Develop solid reading, writing and communication skills
Practice honing your reading, writing and communication skills, because that’s what college is all about. Your future employer will not care that much about what you got on your midterm. You future employer would rather have a well-rounded employee whose capable of comprehending material and communicating effectively.

3. Associate with productive people
Find encouraging comrades. Build a network of intelligent contacts, and pool your knowledge resources together. The more people you know that can have their stuff together, the more likely you’ll be able to develop solid study habits of your own.

4. Learn from people who got there before you did
Find out the inside scoop from the people that have come before you. Not sure about a certain professor, ask around for opinions. What about you’re major? Before you declare, you should investigate the department you’re considering. Talk to students that have already gone through the motions and are familiar with the courses, faculty and bureaucracy

5. Figure out how to get around quickly
Know your way around campus and the surrounding area. On campus, find cool places to hang out, and quiet corners where you can get some studying done. Explore your surroundings. Meet a local and have them show you around the town. Branch out to other areas in the region. Drive around and just see what’s out there. Find a cozy dive bar or Movie Theater. Hunt for book, thrift and record stores. The more familiar you are with your college territory, the more enjoyable things you’ll find to do.

College is an experience that needs to be savored. Chew your particular college flavor slowly, and enjoy it. Make the most of your university time, but remember to have fun.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out Of Your College Experience

College is very challenging and at the same time very rewarding. You need to take your time in college seriously, so that you can create a functional and fulfilling college experience.

Here are five tips for getting the most out of your college experience:

1. don’t take classes that you don’t plan on attending, unless of course you need a break in your schedule.

If, at the time you choose your schedule, you have no interest whatsoever in taking a particular course, then don’t enroll. The more disinterested you are in a subject, the worse your performance in the class will be. If you don’t see yourself ever attending lecture, then don’t sign up. If, however, you need a break in your schedule, then by all means find a light course that doesn’t require a lot of work or attention.

2. Study abroad.
Studying abroad is one of the coolest experiences in life, in or out of college. Expose yourself to new things. Learn while in a foreign environment. Develop your language skills, immerse yourself in another culture and explore. It’s so worth it.

3. Make up your own course at least once
Are you dying to do your own research? Are you just tired of the courses that are being offered? Well then find a faculty advisor, and make up your own class. Draw up your curriculum. Create your own research topic, approve your research materials and get credit to follow your interests all by yourself. Outside of a few office meetings with your advisor, you won’t have to go to class at all. No midterms or no finals here, only individual research approved by a professor that likes you.

4. Write a thesis
Many colleges make writing a thesis optional. Instead of producing a thesis on your own, you can take a couple extra classes or enroll in a highly focused, writing-intensive research course. Forget that stuff. Writing a thesis is not easy, but it is personally rewarding. You get to wrestle with your own custom topic for months, and in the end, you have a large research product that you can be proud of.

5. Take advantage of office hours
Get to know your professors. Ask them questions. Display genuine interest and heartfelt curiosity, and you will get better grades. If there is ever drama that you need to deal with, you’ll have a channel of communication already open. While other kids are asking Professor Last Name what they can do about their late paper, you’ll already have talked to first-name-basis pal and explained your situation ahead of time. If you can’t stand your TA’s, then bypass them, and forge a lasting relationship with your professors.

No two college experiences are ever the same. Everyone’s university experience is flavored by the relative qualities of the institution they are studying at. Locations, atmospheres, curriculum, students, faculty members and so on, are different everywhere. There are, however, a few experiences that are commonly found in most universities. These experiences must be enjoyed while you’re still in college. So take only classes that interest you, unless you plan on not caring about a particular course. Study abroad, write a thesis and make up your own curriculum. Befriend your professors and you will have an easier time succeeding in college.

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Achieving Excellence – Tips for Achieving Career Excellence

College is very challenging and at the same time very rewarding. You need to take your time in college seriously, so that you can create a functional and fulfilling college experience.

Here are five tips for getting the most out of your college experience:

1. don’t take classes that you don’t plan on attending, unless of course you need a break in your schedule.

If, at the time you choose your schedule, you have no interest whatsoever in taking a particular course, then don’t enroll. The more disinterested you are in a subject, the worse your performance in the class will be. If you don’t see yourself ever attending lecture, then don’t sign up. If, however, you need a break in your schedule, then by all means find a light course that doesn’t require a lot of work or attention.

2. Study abroad.
Studying abroad is one of the coolest experiences in life, in or out of college. Expose yourself to new things. Learn while in a foreign environment. Develop your language skills, immerse yourself in another culture and explore. It’s so worth it.

3. Make up your own course at least once
Are you dying to do your own research? Are you just tired of the courses that are being offered? Well then find a faculty advisor, and make up your own class. Draw up your curriculum. Create your own research topic, approve your research materials and get credit to follow your interests all by yourself. Outside of a few office meetings with your advisor, you won’t have to go to class at all. No midterms or no finals here, only individual research approved by a professor that likes you.

4. Write a thesis
Many colleges make writing a thesis optional. Instead of producing a thesis on your own, you can take a couple extra classes or enroll in a highly focused, writing-intensive research course. Forget that stuff. Writing a thesis is not easy, but it is personally rewarding. You get to wrestle with your own custom topic for months, and in the end, you have a large research product that you can be proud of.

5. Take advantage of office hours
Get to know your professors. Ask them questions. Display genuine interest and heartfelt curiosity, and you will get better grades. If there is ever drama that you need to deal with, you’ll have a channel of communication already open. While other kids are asking Professor Last Name what they can do about their late paper, you’ll already have talked to first-name-basis pal and explained your situation ahead of time. If you can’t stand your TA’s, then bypass them, and forge a lasting relationship with your professors.

No two college experiences are ever the same. Everyone’s university experience is flavored by the relative qualities of the institution they are studying at. Locations, atmospheres, curriculum, students, faculty members and so on, are different everywhere. There are, however, a few experiences that are commonly found in most universities. These experiences must be enjoyed while you’re still in college. So take only classes that interest you, unless you plan on not caring about a particular course. Study abroad, write a thesis and make up your own curriculum. Befriend your professors and you will have an easier time succeeding in college.

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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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10 Tips On Surviving Sophomore Year

1. Avoid the sophomore slump.
It might be harder to do than it seems. You’re not a freshman anymore, so the pressure’s off. You know your way around; you know who your friends are. You’re way more comfortable this year, and there’s so much college ahead of you, you might feel like it’s all right to relax. But it’s not. Sophomore year counts for something, too. Though you’re not yet an upperclassman, in a very short time you will be. Then, it’s out the door and onto the real world, with a GPA that reflects your efforts sophomore year as well as all of the other ones. Bottom line: it’s great that the anxiety of being new is over with, but some pressure to succeed is okay.

2. Don’t recede into the background.
Maybe you’re not as comfortable as some of your classmates, even though you are a returning student. Sophomore year can be especially tough. Historically, the sophomore class is the one that gets the least attention. You’re not new; you’re not about to graduate. The conventional wisdom seems that for the moment, you’re okay. But what if you’re not? If you’re still having trouble adjusting, you should talk to someone, your resident adviser, perhaps. Try an extracurricular activity you didn’t last year. There’s still plenty of time to have a great college experience.

3. See your academic adviser.
Having an appointment with your academic adviser may help you rekindle a feeling of focus. The two of you can talk about your options for your major course of study, and the rest of college as well. If you feel yourself slacking off, tell your academic adviser you need a motivational speech.

4. Take choosing your major seriously.
Though picking a major does not lock you into a life lived within the confines of the subject area you pick, it will affect you in the job market.

5. Go to the Career Counseling Center.
A visit to the Career Counseling Center might help clarify what major you should pick. Make an appointment to talk to a career counselor, discuss what types of careers are available and appealing to you. This might help you decide on a course of study.

6. Consider an internship or volunteer opportunity.
The more real-world experience and exposure you’ve had to the industry or field of your choice, the better when it comes to applying to jobs after graduation. You might talk to your career counselor about what opportunities exist, or email an alum in a field that interests you and volunteer yourself.

7. Make plans for your summer.

8. Consider a term abroad or on exchange next year.

9. Do take that fun elective you’ve been eyeing in the course catalog.

10. Make time for fun with friends.

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