Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 under Campus Correspondents, Graduate School
I have somehow reached the point in my life where four years of college have already passed me by and I am starting grad school soon. Don’t ask me how that happened, because I honestly couldn’t give you an answer.
But I can never do anything too conventionally, and that is all too true of my grad school plans — and I’m not just talking about moving from semesters to quarters.
I am going to complete my entire degree through a web-based curriculum. Full-time. So, while many students will spend their hours in a classroom, I will be learning the same lessons from the comfort of my home.
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Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011 under Campus Correspondents, Starting College, Student Life
Do you remember the anxiety of your first days of school in elementary and middle school? You thought that feeling would never haunt you again, but you might feel it creeping back up again with your first day of college approaching.
That feeling of anxiety is totally normal. You are starting at a new school and getting your first taste of true independence. Take it from me. I started college last year at a school where I knew absolutely no one.
All my worrying was for nothing, because I made some of my best friends at school on the very first day I got there. Here are four simple tips on how you can make friends on the first day of college, too!
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Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 under Campus Correspondents, Living in the US, Study Abroad
Reverse culture shock: there is no reverse about it, really. It’s just plain old culture shock, and it’s kind of fun.
I know that might seem a little strange since it doesn’t sound like a particularly inviting phrase, but there are definitely some good things about it — in addition to the bad, of course.
Here are some tips on how to make the transition back home easy and enjoyable from someone who recently returned from studying abroad herself.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 under Campus Correspondents, Student Life, Study Abroad
The night started off with a champagne toast as the hosts of our ball welcomed us to their humble abode of Smolny Cathedral. This just so happens to be where our classes were, so the location could not have been more perfect.
The sun was shining on this late April day, and the temperature was around 45 degrees, which was incredibly warm to us. We weren’t even thinking about how it was 70 back in all of our homes. We were just happy it wasn’t -30 for a change.
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Posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2011 under Campus Correspondents, Graduation, Student Life
College. Was it what I expected? I think that I can easily and unequivocally say yes. And no. And maybe.
When I was in high school, and my brother and older friends went off to college, I always imagined them leaving behind the world that they once knew to become these completely different, older, more mature, and, well, responsible people.
My ideas of college in high school and what I know of it now that I have graduated are different in many aspects, but also sort of the same.
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Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011 under Campus Correspondents, Study Abroad
It’s normal to miss things from home while you are studying abroad – the food, the language, your friends and family, notions of personal space and cultural norms in general.
However, the more you focus on these things, the more you miss them and the less you enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience of studying abroad.
So take our advice, accept that things are going to be different (albeit temporarily) and make the most of your stay overseas, because before you know it, your time will be up!
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Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011 under Campus Correspondents, Study Abroad
Studying abroad is wildly fun, but it also can be an incredibly stressful experience, says our new campus correspondent, Julia Byrd.
Everyone has completely different experiences abroad, but some things are always the same, writes Julia, who is studying in Russia. Here are a few of the things Julia wishes she would have been told before studying abroad!
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Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 under Campus Correspondents, Jobs, Student Life
Part-time job while being a full-time student — social suicide? Or a great way to make extra cash for all those college necessities?
Some students come to college having never worked a day in their lives, whereas others come from an intense background of part-time work throughout high school.
In today’s post by our campus correspondent, Juliana Zipay answers some important questions about being a full-time student with a part-time job.
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Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011 under Campus Correspondents, Graduate School
“I have come to realize that there is nothing more terrifying (and exhilarating) than being a senior in college,” begins campus correspondent Juliana Zipay in today’s post.
And we can see why — upcoming graduation, turning 21, and the vast number of roads suddenly stretching out in front of you … who wouldn’t be excited?
And then comes the dreaded question: Are you applying to grad school?
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Posted on Monday, December 20th, 2010 under Campus Correspondents, Study Abroad
As if studying abroad didn’t sound appetizing enough, here’s a program that makes it all the more irresistible.
Semester at Sea takes students around the world by ship, visiting eleven countries in four months.
Here is one student’s experience of it all (pictures included!) — from first hearing about it to reflecting on the journey one year later.
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Posted on Monday, November 15th, 2010 under Campus Correspondents, On Campus, Student Life
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts is vast, majestic, a little gloomy, and most importantly: magical! In other words, it’s one of a kind … or is it?
A student from the University of Pittsburgh begs to differ:
“The lighting is slightly dimmed due to carefully placed lighting fixtures strewn about the room and the surrounding stone architecture. Add in the low-lit hallways bordering the Commons with their Gothic arches that are simply breathtaking … you’ve got it: Hogwarts,” said Juliana Zipay.
Read more of her description of the Cathedral of Learning, a match so close to Hogwarts that you’d assume you need to take a train from Platform 9¾ to get there.
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