Maximize your university experience with these tips for all things collegiate–how to achieve a perfect GPA, select the right major, finance your college education and more.
Is College Right for Everyone?
Breathing in deeply, I flip the light on my register, a signal for customers that my register is now open. So begins the next six hours of cashing people out and listening to everyone’s life stories. Working at a grocery store gives you the competence to interact with a variety of different people. Some may decide you’re their new best friend. Some may believe they have to tell you what they did last night at Jenny’s party, or how their cat Maisy had ingested Antifreeze the night before and was now lethargic, unable to move from the couch. (Both of which are true). Each day, walking in you never exactly know what to expect. Each day I am meeting people of all different educational backgrounds. What is the same, is that people everywhere all share the common need for food and at least have a basic education. As I move the "closed" sign off of my register belt, I tighten my ponytail, douse my hands in hand sanitizer, put a smile on my face, and greet the first customer of my shift.
The Truth About Living at College
Going off to college can be a fun and new experience for recent high school grads. It can be a chance to grow and change yourself into the person you desire to be. It can be a time to further yourself educationally as well, and figure out the career that you wish to have later in life. But it’s also a time to make friends and have fun along the way.
4 Tips for Future College Students from a Student
I'm about 3 months into my first year of university and I've learned a lot so far. This list is to give people going into college or university some things to be wary about when picking where to go and to try and bust a couple myths people tell you when going to university.
Are We Brainwashed? And It's Kind of About College
If you've ever played the board game, "The Game of Life." You'll know that the first thing that you'll stumble across is a decision to either, "STOP, GO TO COLLEGE" or just start working. The cute little characters and the joy of being able to go through adorable little scenarios makes everything seem so simple in the world when it's on a game board. And when it comes to the happily ever after part of our brains where we think all of our dreams can come true, we welcome into our heads the impossible realm of fantasy that's alive and active in today's society. It's certainly one of my favorite games, but maybe when it came to stopping to go to college in the real game of life, I can say maybe I was a little too naïve to predestine my calling in life.
You Don't Need to Be Ashamed About Transferring
The summer between your senior year of high school and freshman year of college is the scariest and most freeing two and a half months of your life. You're spending every waking second with your friends and making stupid teenage decisions before you need to make those of an adult. You're buying things for your dorm, posting pictures of what I called my "college corner" (a space in my room filled with boxes of decorations, bed spreads, and memorabilia) on your snapchat story. You're valuing every second and making memories with the most important people you've met.
Signs the End Is Near… of the Semester, That Is
If you're in academia, you could be forgiven for mistaking the end of the semester for the end of the world itself. The Weather
The Rocky Road of Nursing School
For as long as I can remember, I have always had a clear image of what I wanted to be when I grew up. There was always a satisfying picture of the future in my head, doing what I love and being where I love. I could see myself dressed in scrubs, walking down the halls of a hospital, stethoscope around my neck, and a clipboard in my hand. A huge smile on my face as I showed up to work each day and treated the patients. The satisfaction I would receive as I made a small difference each and every day. I could see it all—at least I thought.
Why College Is NOT the Best 4 Years of Your Life
A lot of people like to say that college is the best years of your life. They reminisce about those days and they think to themselves "if only I was back in college again." The reality is that college is not the best years of your life.
3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going to University
University is a place that many students hope to end up in after their high school career. But is that because of self motivation or societal conditioning? These questions will hopefully point you in the direction of answering that.
The Promise of Job Placement
With the way that the economy is right now in the US, going to school is no longer enough to guarantee a job once you have graduated. It is all about experience, references, education, and connections. Having just one of these four things is not enough, having two is rarely enough. Because of this fact, when college kids choose a college, a lot of them have begun looking at schools with job placement assistance for their graduates. I know I did when I chose my college. The problem is job placement is not guaranteed, no matter what their supposed success rate with it is, and there is a lot of small print attached to it that they do not disclose.
Let's get one thing straight, college is no joke. I'm only getting to the end of my first semester in college and I've already been feeling the pressure and the stress (most of which I'm putting onto myself). At college I have to figure things out on my own, and it's nerve-wracking.
The Reality of Student Life
Ah, the student life: something that some experience, some resent, some live and some have absolutely no idea about. For the most part, every student tires of hearing the same old "oh students have it so easy," and how much "discount" we get on booze. The reality is, the discount helps but it doesn’t have that much impact on finance at all, and saying we have it easy it like saying minimum wage is fair. It isn’t.