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  • How to Prepare for Parents Weekend

    Jul 25, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College LifeRead More »
    How to Prepare for Parents Weekend

    Parents Weekend usually falls about halfway into the fall semester at most colleges. The campus will have some scheduled activities planned for students and their parents. If your student is further away, it may be your first opportunity to see them in person, check out their fully-assembled dorm room, meet their friends, and see where [&hellip...

  • If You’re On the Fence about Greek Life, Rush Before Making a Decision

    Jul 25, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • College LifeRead More »
    If You’re On the Fence about Greek Life, Rush Before Making a Decision

    Greek life in college can be a ton of fun and help you grow your circle of friends, but it’s also a pretty big commitment. I came close to pledging a sorority in college and ultimately decided it wasn’t for me, but a lot of my friends were members and I know they had a [&hellip...

  • The Benefits of College Pets: Why You Should Have One (and What to Do if You Can’t)

    Jul 24, 2013 • Noelle Held • College LifeRead More »
    The Benefits of College Pets: Why You Should Have One (and What to Do if You Can’t)

    I am lucky enough to attend a college that lets students have pets on campus. I have friends who have dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and even a baby sugar glider on campus. College pets are great companions. It’s so nice to have something to come “home” to after class. I’m pretty sure that even my [&hellip...

  • Day Napping 101: 4 Tips for Optimizing Nap Time

    Jul 24, 2013 • Brittany Moorman • College LifeRead More »
    Day Napping 101: 4 Tips for Optimizing Nap Time

      Day napping is an essential part of college. It is not always the case that you will be able to get a solid night’s sleep, and even if you do, stress can be exhausting. In order to be able to sneak in these essential day naps, you need to schedule them for the right [&hellip...

  • Spice Up a College Staple: 5 Tasty Recipes for Ramen Noodles

    Jul 19, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College LifeRead More »
    Spice Up a College Staple: 5 Tasty Recipes for Ramen Noodles

    Ramen noodles are a college student staple, and for good reason: they’re cheap, delicious, and only take five minutes to prepare. I ate a lot of ramen my freshman year, so much so that I got a little tired of the flavors offered. I tried experimenting with my own flavorings, and I browsed ramen recipes [&hellip...

  • 5 Pinterest Boards for College Dorm Room Inspiration

    Jul 18, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College LifeRead More »
    5 Pinterest Boards for College Dorm Room Inspiration

    I knew from the start that I wanted my dorm room to look amazing. I was excited to have a blank space to decorate and make my own. In search of design inspiration, I turned to Pinterest, a great source for all kinds of home decor ideas. Here are five Pinterest boards that give great [&hellip...

  • 5 Tips for Maintaining a Friendship Over a Long Distance

    Jul 18, 2013 • Leeann Sullivan • College LifeRead More »
    5 Tips for Maintaining a Friendship Over a Long Distance

    Maintaining a friendship over a long distance can be trying, but the friends who are willing to put in the effort are the ones who ultimately matter the most. For me, this has especially been true with my best friend from college, who is now 700 miles away from me. Distance has not only made [&hellip...

  • College Community Service Keeps You Connected

    Jul 17, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • College LifeRead More »
    College Community Service Keeps You Connected

    When I was a student, college community service opened my eyes to what a beautiful area my school was in, helped me meet some amazing new people, and took me out of my comfort zone. I went to college in a tiny town in the middle of Ohio, surrounded by farmland and Amish country. As [&hellip...

  • Being Homesick at College: How to Deal with Being Away from Home for the First Time

    Jul 16, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • College LifeRead More »
    Being Homesick at College: How to Deal with Being Away from Home for the First Time

    Being homesick at college is tough, whether you anticipate the feeling or not. I went to a college that was an eight-hour drive from home and, although I believed myself to be fiercely independent, I had never gone away to summer camp or boarding school. Being in a new living situation, especially without Mom’s cooking, [&hellip...

  • 3 Must Read Books for Summertime: Heartwarming Stories

    Jul 15, 2013 • Shelby Newallis • College LifeRead More »
    3 Must Read Books for Summertime: Heartwarming Stories

    Reading is fun year-round, but there isn’t always time to read for fun during the school year. This makes summer the perfect time to make a list of must read books. In the summertime I like to read as many books as possible from all different genres, so here’s a list of books that I [&hellip...

  • College Student Productivity Tip: Fuel Up with Healthy Food

    Jul 15, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    College Student Productivity Tip: Fuel Up with Healthy Food

    The summer before college is usually filled with things to do before you’re ready to move into the dorm, but one thing that’s really important to keep at the top of your to-do list is getting into healthy habits. Those habits will follow you into the school year and keep you going through your classes, [&hellip...

  • Social Media for College Students 101: How to Connect with Future Classmates

    Jul 13, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College LifeRead More »
    Social Media for College Students 101: How to Connect with Future Classmates

    The summer before college, I found it comforting that there was so much social media for college students to connect with each other. Not only did I get to research life at my school, but I actually met some of my future classmates! Here are the social networks that I used and that you could [&hellip...

  • College Intramural Sports: A Fun Activity and Great Exercise

    Jul 12, 2013 • Brittany Moorman • College LifeRead More »
    College Intramural Sports: A Fun Activity and Great Exercise

    Competitive sports are an essential aspect of many high school students’ lives — they provide structure, are a great opportunity to make friends, and present a fun way to get in necessary exercise. Unfortunately, participating in college athletics is not possible or ideal for everyone. Whether you did not make the team, don’t have the [&hellip...

  • Should You Join Greek Life on Your College Campus?

    Jul 12, 2013 • Noelle Held • College LifeRead More »
    Should You Join Greek Life on Your College Campus?

    If your school has Greek organizations, you probably faced (or will face) the big question: to participate, or not? Each student will face this question in his or her own way, but there are a few things you should think about well before rush week. Friendships Greek life is a great way to find your [&hellip...

  • College Transition: From Rural New Hampshire to City Life in Boston

    Jul 3, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College LifeRead More »
    College Transition: From Rural New Hampshire to City Life in Boston

    Even though I was born in Manhattan and tell people I’m a New Yorker, I’m not really a city person. I moved to New Hampshire when I was 14 months old. I have always felt that city life was taken away from me, which is why I was excited to move to Boston for college. [&hellip...

  • College Orientation: Navigating the First Day

    Jul 2, 2013 • Noelle Held • College LifeRead More »
    College Orientation: Navigating the First Day

    The first day of college orientation can be pretty stressful. Moving into dorms, dealing with a new roommate, trying to impress professors, saying goodbye to Mom and Dad, juggling meetings, remembering your paperwork — all this while trying to “be cool” and make friends. It can be pretty overwhelming! Here are some things I learned [&hellip...

  • Tip for Making Friends at College: Join Clubs and Student Groups

    Jul 1, 2013 • Patrick Homeyer • College LifeRead More »
    Tip for Making Friends at College: Join Clubs and Student Groups

    I can still remember the day before I left for college. Unfortunately I decided to wait until the last moment to get all of my stuff together. As my father called for me to hurry along and finish loading up the car before we made the five-hour drive to my first day of college, I [&hellip...

  • Making Friends at College: An Ongoing Process

    Jun 27, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    Making Friends at College: An Ongoing Process

    Making friends at college can be daunting, and I was really nervous about it before I started school. On the first day, I tried the classic trick of leaving my dorm room door open. Some people on my floor did say hi as they walked by, but my door was right across the hall from [&hellip...

  • 3 Reasons to Take a Family Summer Vacation Before College

    Jun 17, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College LifeRead More »
    3 Reasons to Take a Family Summer Vacation Before College

    Summer vacation is all about relaxing and having fun. It means trips to the beach, lakes, mountains, amusement parks, or maybe even abroad. College-bound teens, however, are often faced with a dilemma: Should you go on another vacation with your family, or should you spend your last summer with friends from home and preparing for [&hellip...

  • Planning a Road Trip the Summer Before College: 3 Essential Trips

    Jun 14, 2013 • Jaime Hutkin • College LifeRead More »
    Planning a Road Trip the Summer Before College: 3 Essential Trips

    A road trip is the perfect way to spend quality time with your friends before you all leave for college. When planning a road trip, there are three trips to consider for the ideal experience, depending on how much time you have and your budget. 1. Cross-Country Road Trip: This classic American road trip crosses [&hellip...