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What to Leave Behind as You Pack for College

Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 under Starting College, Student Housing

what to bring to college

If you’re packing for college, chances are you don’t need a list of more things to put in your suitcase, you need less! After all, your dorm room is likely to be a lot small than your bedroom at home.

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Accepted? How to Choose the Right College

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 under Choosing a College, Starting College

how to choose a college

If you’re one of the many high school seniors who applied to several colleges and got accepted to most of them, then you have a difficult decision ahead of you: how to choose the college that’s right for you.

But first, congratulations! The daunting application process has paid off, and now you can relax – sort of.

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Get Familiar with Your College Town

Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 under International Students, Living in the US, Starting College

college town

If you’re an international student studying in the US, getting to know your college town is likely on your mind. Instead of worrying about how little you know about the area you’re moving to, let these tips help you get familiar with it fast.

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Mistakes to Avoid as an International College Freshman

Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 under International Students, Living in the US, Starting College

University of Missouri - Columbia

If you’re an international student about to begin your freshman year at a US college, you’ve probably already studied some do’s and don’ts when it comes to school in this country. But there may still be mistakes you aren’t aware of that many international students tend to make.

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The Differences Between High School Life and College Life

Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2015 under High School, Starting College, Student Life

Students reading on quad

If you’re planning to leave for college soon, you might be wondering what life after high school is like. Having some idea of the differences can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed once you arrive on campus.

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The Pros and Cons of Getting an Online Degree from a US College

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 under Academics, Applying to College, College Classes, International Students, Starting College

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If you’re an international student interested in studying at a US college, you should think about earning an online degree. This option can take out the stress of traveling abroad while still enabling you to get a degree from a US school.

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Do at Your College Admission Interview

Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 under Applying to College, Starting College

city college gate

The interview is a common part of the college admissions process. If you are nervous about it and want to make a good impression, it’s best to consider some habits to avoid during your upcoming college admissions interview.

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Incoming Freshman To-Do List

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 under Campus Correspondents, Starting College

Picture of a busy campus quad at Columbia.

Starting college for the first time is always a lot easier when you’ve begun preparing beforehand. Here are some tips for buying your books, finding your classes and more!

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How to Reap the Benefits of Getting Up Early

Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 under Starting College, Student Life

How to Get Up Early

Not many college students claim to be morning people, but this can and should change. That’s because there’s a surprising number of benefits available to early risers.

If you have tried and failed to figure out how to get up early, don’t give up just yet. Check out some tips on waking up earlier if you are ready to work toward becoming a morning person.

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Dealing with Mistakes

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2013 under Jobs, Starting College, Student Life

how to deal with mistakes in college

Everyone has room to improve, and you’re going to find that out in college pretty quickly since it’s easy to make mistakes in a new setting.

Fortunately, you have years to learn how to deal with mistakes and even learn from them.

This talent will serve you well both in college and after you graduate and get your first job. That’s why you should get ideas on how to handle constructive criticism.

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How to Treat Homesickness in College

Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012 under Starting College

homesick at college

As you head off to college, homesickness may be plaguing you before you even arrive on campus.

The good news is that not only is this feeling normal, but there are plenty of ways to treat it.

And don’t keep your own tips to yourself! Share your ways to keep homesickness in college at bay in the comment section below the blog post!

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College Textbooks: A Look at Your Options

Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 under College Classes, Starting College

stack of books

Even before college classes begin, you should think about your options for buying college textbooks.

Fortunately, you have several options to choose from, and many of them are cheaper than you might think!

Options include buying from the college bookstore, renting textbooks online and buying or borrowing from classmates. See which one is the best option for you!

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What to Expect Your First Week of Classes

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 under College Classes, Starting College

Northwestern University Arch

Your first week of college classes is exciting, but things don’t always go as planned.

Here are three common issues that you may encounter during your first week of classes … as well as easy ways to overcome these hurdles.

With an open mind, you’ll get into the swing of things in no time!

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What NOT to Worry About in College (But Everyone Does Anyway)

Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2012 under On Campus, Starting College

tips for the first day of college

It is common to be both excited and worried about college as you enter the first semester. But the good news is that many common worries have some simple solutions.

Get an idea of some frequent anxiety-inducing subjects, and then rest assured that you can likely easily resolve them.

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5 Skills to Master the Summer Before College

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012 under On Campus, Starting College, Student Life

college life hacks

You have probably gotten all kinds of advice for college, but most of it likely involves doing well in your classes and making friends.

While both of those things are important, it’s equally important to make sure you are comfortable completing some basic skills you may have taken for granted while living at home with your parents!

Before you take your first step on campus as a full-time student, make sure you learn these 5 skills.

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