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How to Survive a Bad College Roommate

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2011 under On Campus, Student Housing, Student Life

girl with headache

While many college roommates end up becoming lifelong friends, some of us are not quite as lucky.

If you happen to be one of the unlucky bunch and find yourself stuck with a rotten roommate, fear no more!

We’ve compiled a list of 10 strategies to help you cope with your less-than-ideal living situation and come out on top, inspired by my own unfortunate situations with bad college roommates.

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How to Win Your Student Government Election

Posted on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 under On Campus, Student Life

hand inserting ballot into box

Even if you don’t have your sights set on Capitol Hill, the work it takes to win your student government election can help you gain a variety of valuable skills.

Learning how to be personable, convincing and organized will spruce up your resume and help you out both professionally and personally.

We’ll tell you how to win an election — and how to have fun trying!

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10 Must-Have Dorm Room Accessories

Posted on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 under On Campus, Student Housing

dorm room

Certain dorm room accessories are absolute must-haves for any college student.

These items can help you make the most of your time in college, both in terms of your academic life and – just as importantly – your social life.

From flip flops to a printer, these ten items should be in every student’s dorm room.

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Harry Potter and the Cathedral of Learning

Posted on Monday, November 15th, 2010 under Campus Correspondents, On Campus, Student Life

Inside view of the Catherdral of Learning building

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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5 Best College Pranks of All Time

Posted on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 under Humor, On Campus, Student Life

pink plastic flamingos on campus

The best college pranks are far more memorable than any lecture will ever be. And at colleges, there’s no shortage of prank traditions, especially involving seniors preparing to graduate.

A look at the best college pranks in history proves that students can be quite the creative bunch when it comes to funny, original and eye-catching pranks.

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How to Make Friends in College

Posted on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 under On Campus, Orientation, Starting College, Student Life

international students

Whether you go to a large or small university, the prospect of making friends in college can be a bit daunting.

But fear not!

With just a little bit of effort, you’ll be making friends in college in no time. There are plenty of places to meet people — just be a little creative, and follow these tips.

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Is Wearing Pajamas to Class a Faux Pas?

Posted on Monday, August 16th, 2010 under On Campus, Student Life

girl in pajamas, stretching

Whether they’re tucked into Ugg boots, underneath winter jackets or paired with a tank top, pajama pants are a staple of college attire. But should it be?

Personally, it’s one of my biggest pet peeves.

But hey, that’s just me. Many students seem to think that wearing pajamas to class is not a faux pas at all. Here are the pros and cons of donning your nightie to Biology 101.

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8 Things to Do the First Week of College

Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010 under Moving, On Campus, Orientation

college flags

The first week of college is right around the corner. It also happens to be the time during which you get acquainted with your surroundings, begin classes, and make a lot of first impressions. Pretty busy, huh?

Starting college can be quite a shock to your system — you will finally come head to head with all your expectations and trepidations!

Here’s a list of 8 things to do when you start college that will help keep you afloat and make the transition from high school into college a little smoother.

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College Resources Available for Students

Posted on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 under On Campus, Student Life

career services bulletin board

The more aware you are of the resources available to students in your college, the more likely you are to take advantage of them and get the most out of your college experience.

Taking advantage of the resources available to you is not only a great way to get involved in your college community, but also a great way to save money, get medical attention, and get help with any studies you might be having trouble with.

Want to know how? Here’s a list of college resources with which you should be familiar.

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How To Use Career Counseling for Students

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 under Internships, Jobs, On Campus

career services bulletin board

You’ve probably walked by your college or university’s career counseling offices many times since you started school. But have you ever actually taken the time to step inside? Probably not -– I know I never did!

Let’s be honest: most college kids are too busy trying to keep up with school and maintain a social life to worry about their post-college career, especially during the first three years of school when post-grad life seems like its eons away.

But it’s never too early to take advantage of your school’s career counseling services. Check out these five fantastic ways that career counseling can help you.

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Pet Friendly Colleges: Key to A-cat-demics?

Posted on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 under Choosing a College, On Campus, Student Housing

cat sitting in bookshelf

Ever wish that there existed pet friendly colleges that welcomed not only you, but your four-legged best friend as well? Well they’re out there, and the number continues to grow!

The transition of moving from your parents’ house to a college dorm is often a tough one for students. Having your pet with you, a constant reminder of home and security, is the perfect stepping stone to being on your own. Some colleges make that possible!

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Perks (and Pitfalls!) of Coed College Dorms

Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 under Applying to College, On Campus, Starting College, Student Housing

boy and girl enjoying a drink together

Would you rather live in a single-sex or coed college dorm? Though most colleges offer both options, coed college dorms are (for what may seem like obvious reasons!) the popular choice for on-campus housing.

Though that may seem like the better option, you may not have thought carefully about everything that living with the opposite sex entails. Before making your decision, take a look at the pros and cons of living in a coed dorm.

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5 Tips To Relieve College Student Stress

Posted on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 under On Campus, Student Life

girl asleep at desk

College student stress is an inevitable part of campus life. Between studying for final exams, writing papers and giving presentations (and sometimes working a job on the side), you’re bound to feel stressed out every once in a while.

But don’t panic. While having stress in your life is pretty much unavoidable, being stressed is something you can control.

Follow these tips when the pressure gets to be too much and you need to unwind.

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8 Tips to Avoid the Freshman 15

Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 under On Campus, Student Life

oatmeal and fruit

The Freshman 15 — the 15 pounds students supposedly gain in their first year of college — has long been discussed among prospective college students. Stories have circulated for decades: even your parents might have talked about it when they were in college!

Luckily, you can easily prevent gaining the fabled Freshman 15 by remembering these 8 ways to stay healthy and happy in college.

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Decorating Dorm Rooms on a Student Budget

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2009 under On Campus, Student Housing

dorm room

Decorating dorm rooms with personal touches is a fun way to make your new space away from home feel like your own. Follow these 10 budget-friendly tips to give your dorm room personal flair without breaking the bank.

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