College Advice - Choosing Classes

College Advice - Choosing Classes

In my first semester in college, I was placed into an ‘entertainment technology’ course. For those who are unclear about what ‘entertainment technology’ is, you are not alone. I was unclear about what it was, and I was also unfamiliar with the drop/add process, so I stayed in the course. I learned many things along the way, most importantly that ‘entertainment technology’ basically means all backstage theatre processes and set-development. Confused as I was, I couldn’t have asked for a more hands on class.

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To Rush or Not to Rush...

To Rush or Not to Rush...

Choosing to rush a fraternity last semester was one of the best decisions I have ever made. However, I didn’t always want to rush or pledge a fraternity. My original thoughts were that Greek life might not be for me. Going into college and my fall semester, I was reluctant because of the stereotypical stories you hear about fraternities as well as the recent tragedies that have been all over the news.

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Eating And Sleeping Habits For Success

Eating And Sleeping Habits For Success

I think most high schoolers would say that their best friend is their bed. Well I had that same mindset and let me tell you something, you and your bed become MUCH closer in college. There is nothing wrong with this, as I love my bed; however, you must be able to control it. Do not get into the habit of taking naps throughout the day. I’m not saying do not take naps, actually I encourage it, on certain occasions.

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Maintaining Long Distance Relationships or Friendships

Maintaining Long Distance Relationships or Friendships

Maintaining long distance relationships or friendships can seem like a daunting task to most people. People grow apart, people develop new interests, and hang out with new friend groups in college. It’s often easy to neglect your old friendships and relationships just by the fact that you’re separated alone.

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Picking the Correct Major for You

Picking the Correct Major for You

Picking a major is probably the most important decision in your college career. Your college major has the potential to change your life. Not only will it affect your day to day life (classes and clubs) but it also has the potential to impact your future life (career choice and job). The major that I chose is accounting. I chose accounting because I am passionate about money and business, and I know that I will most likely earn a good job in the business field with my accounting degree.

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Why it's okay to not have a major yet

Why it's okay to not have a major yet

The emphasis on knowing what profession we are going to pursue always seems to be looming over our heads as we get older and closer to our high school graduations; even middle school students are now being expected to start deciding on a career choice.

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How to Deal with College REJECTION :(

How to Deal with College REJECTION :(

After all of the stress of application season and right as the celebration of acceptances starts, a denial can hit you like a jam-packed moving van full of dorm supplies. Your grief after being denied from your dream school will likely follow the pattern of any other form of grief. Look out for these signs in yourself or any close friends that might get that sickening, thin envelope of a denial from a dream school.

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How to use drop/add period

How to use drop/add period

Being a student at the University of Central Florida, scheduling was always pretty easy for me. I knew what date I had to enroll by and I knew what classes I needed, or I met with an advisor and had it figured out quickly. Although this semester, I had to sign up for classes that were smaller and more specific to my major. After my enrollment date, I was still waitlisted for three out of four of my classes!

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How to Visit Your Professors

How to Visit Your Professors

Coming from high school, a teacher saying, “I’ll just be hanging out in my office during these times every week. Come stop by,” sounds like a joke. But once college academics hit you like a train, you’ll run to their office faster than you ran out of high school at the end of your last period. Do take advantage of free extra help from your professor and don’t make rookie office hours mistakes with these tips.

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What a Dead Period/Reading Day Really Is

What a Dead Period/Reading Day Really Is

Ever wondered why college students stress extremely hard about finals week? I remember being in high school, seeing all of my college friends freak about finals week, while I cruised through high school finals with no more stress than a regular test. Well, the reason college kids stress a little, actually a lot more, is because finals count for a huge part of your grade in most college courses.

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Motivation To Hit the Gym Regularly

Motivation To Hit the Gym Regularly

While a freshmen in college it becomes apparent really fast that the freshmen 15 is a real thing. The added partying and extra drinking will catch up on your body quickly if you don’t keep an eye on it. Something that helped me was befriending people who share the same interests in health and fitness. Having athletic friends around will be a good influence on your own habits and lifestyle. Not only do they provide motivation to go to the gym but if you work out with a partner, competition will develop and provide extra benefits in your workout.

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Effective Time Management

Effective Time Management

The key to success in college is effective time management. Currently, I am pledging a fraternity, and it bears a huge time commitment. However, pledging has really helped me hone in on my time management skills because there is definitely no time for procrastination. Through the time management skills I’ve grasped, I am able to balance my obligations to the fraternity as well as my responsibilities as a student.

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Making the Application Process Stress Free

Making the Application Process Stress Free

Applying to colleges is a stressful process no matter how you go about it. Many students apply to multiple colleges, each with its own application process. Due dates, essays, and forms stack up causing stress to many students. All of this extra work is added on to a student’s usual weekly workload. A few ways to make this process less stressful is to narrow down your list of colleges you are applying to, begin applying months in ahead of due dates, stay on top of both schoolwork and applications, and finish an application once you have started.

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What Student Government Does

What Student Government Does

Being involved in Student Government in college seems daunting, especially when you go to a school of 50,000 kids. It is easy to get intimidated and to talk yourself out of trying to join especially as a freshman, but there really is not better time to jump in and get your foot in the door with the organization. Early involvement will make it much easier to reach a higher position later on if desired and open up a plethora of opportunities down the road. 

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Balancing Fall Lacrosse and School

Balancing Fall Lacrosse and School

What’s up guys, my name is Jimmy Harrington, Freshman Lacrosse player at Furman University in Greenville, SC. As I enter my 7th week of college this Monday I wanted to shed some light on the balance of playing college athletics and studying at the collegiate level.

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Saying Goodbye to Your High School Friends

Saying Goodbye to Your High School Friends

Getting ready to leave for college can be scary as you prepare to leave behind all you’re familiar with and dive into the unknown. Amongst all the difficult things I had to do before I left for college, saying goodbye to my friends was by far the most difficult.

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Touring the Schools You Were Accepted Into

Touring the Schools You Were Accepted Into

When applying to schools it's always a great decision to tour the school before making a final decision on going there. Even if you have already visited the school, knowing that you were accepted will give you a different perspective. 

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Is One More Attempt at the SATs or ACTs Worth It?

Is One More Attempt at the SATs or ACTs Worth It?

One tip I have for seniors in high school is that if your SATs or ACTs still aren’t as high as they should be then I would highly recommend taking them again. Although it may be annoying and stressful to still have to take your SATs and ACTs, if the college that you’re applying to is asking for you to improve your score you should retake those tests again. 

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Tips for a stress-free first college semester

Tips for a stress-free first college semester

The first semester is definitely a roller coaster ride. You are going to be stressed out many days, but you are also going to be able to relax as well. The key to not going crazy in the first semester of college is to stay on top of your grades and assignments-- each and every one of them so nothing piles up. Life comes at you fast in the first semester because on top of class assignments, you could have other assignments to do, fraternity or sorority commitments, and tons of obligations.

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How To NOT Go Crazy During Your 1st Fall Semester

How To NOT Go Crazy During Your 1st Fall Semester

I was lucky enough to enjoy my first fall semester in college successfully. I managed to get great grades while also still having a fun social life. I know some students struggle with their first semester away from home. To avoid this struggle and to not go crazy during your first fall semester, you can do many things to make it a better experience.

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