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  • Dorm Room Pets: Why Bettas Are The Best

    Sep 3, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    Dorm Room Pets: Why Bettas Are The Best

    Living in a dorm doesn’t always mean giving up the companionship of a pet. While most schools don’t allow dorm room pets of the furry kind, some will allow fish. If you’re thinking of getting a fish, consider a betta fish. Bettas are easy to take care of and don’t need a lot of space. ...

  • Teaching Abroad: You’ll Learn More Than Your Students Will

    Aug 30, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • Work & InternshipsRead More »
    Teaching Abroad: You’ll Learn More Than Your Students Will

    Deciding to spend a year teaching English in France after I graduated from college was almost a no-brainer for me. I had studied in Paris for one semester as a junior, but felt I hadn’t had enough time to fully adapt to the culture. Living and teaching abroad proved to be drastically different from that ...

  • The Benefits of Joining a National Honor Society in College

    Aug 29, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    The Benefits of Joining a National Honor Society in College

    Thought you left academic honors societies behind with high school? Think again! There are many college honor societies that recognize excellence in academics, character, and service. In high school, I loved being a part of the National Honor Society because it made me feel like I was a member of a supportive community. Now that ...

  • Having a Car in College: Is It Necessary?

    Aug 28, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    Having a Car in College: Is It Necessary?

    Many parents wrestle with the idea of their child having a car in college. On the one hand, they want their child to be able to go where he or she needs to go and not be stuck on campus. On the other hand, they don’t want their child to become the dorm taxi service! ...

  • What LinkedIn Can Teach You About Your College Professor

    Aug 27, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    What LinkedIn Can Teach You About Your College Professor

    For better or for worse, most college students, including myself, are eager to learn about their college professors before they meet them on the first day of classes. Most use sites for college students like RateMyProfessor to do their sleuthing. I’ve found that professional social networking site LinkedIn can be an even more useful resource ...

  • 10 Most Popular Textbooks for Fall Semester 2013

    Aug 26, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    10 Most Popular Textbooks for Fall Semester 2013

    Right now, students all over the country are stocking up on next semester’s required textbooks. You know what YOU need, sure – but have you ever wondered what everyone else is reading? Or if the book you’re using is what everybody else is using, too? We’ve compiled a list of this summer’s best-sellers (and they’re ...

  • Living Off Campus in College: Parents, Help Your Student Prepare

    Aug 26, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College LifeRead More »
    Living Off Campus in College: Parents, Help Your Student Prepare

    Students may be in favor of living off campus in college for a variety of reasons, including saving money, having more freedom, and having more space. I tried it once back when I was a student, and found it wasn’t for me. But, I learned some valuable lessons that I will pass on to my ...

  • How to Be Successful in College: Don’t Study in Your Dorm Room

    Aug 23, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    How to Be Successful in College: Don’t Study in Your Dorm Room

    I, like most of the college students I’ve talked to, love my bed. My dorm bed is a wonderful haven after a hectic day of classes or a night out with friends. But if I’m considering how to be successful in college, rather than just comfortable, a bed is not a great place to study. ...

  • 4 Tips for Maximizing Your Personal Space in College Dorms

    Aug 23, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    4 Tips for Maximizing Your Personal Space in College Dorms

    College dorms are notorious for being small. When you consider you’re sharing that space with another person, whether you know them or not, the lack of space can cause problems. Now, there’s no need to draw a line down the middle of your room to make it an even split (a lot of rooms aren’t ...

  • Secrets to a Successful Study Group

    Aug 22, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    Secrets to a Successful Study Group

    The prospect of a study group makes me wary. Some of my study groups have turned into unproductive hang-out sessions, while others quickly became panicky and disorganized. So when members of my difficult psychology class suggested that we try a study group, I knew I should go, but I wasn’t thrilled about it. But it ...