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Why Signing Up With Organizations Makes College Easier

Like thousands of others, starting college both excited and terrified me. While I would still be attending in-state, I was moving to a town five hours south of me. What made things nerve-wracking was that only about 10 people at my school were coming to the same college as me. I knew that in order…

How Do I Modify This Once again?

Not all classes are created equal—some may be a total breeze while others are more challenging. Suffice to say, college is always going to be full of challenges. There’s always that one class that pushes the difficulty bar just past your limit. You would think with the right persistence and hard work you’ll achieve the grade…

How to Be More Social Even When You Feel Truly Uncomfortable

“Go out and meet people,” they say. “Making friends, especially when you’re new at a school, is fun and easy.” “Everything will be just fine.” While people say things of this nature, socializing at college is definitely easier said than done. The bottom line is that living with people you don’t know at college is…

Slow and Steady Truly Can Win the Race

Everyone winds up at their specific schools for a reason—it’s one of the best things about going to college. All of your peers share your academic, extracurricular and personal strengths from high school. You’re among thousands of like-minded people. But that might actually be the scariest part about college, too. Imagine your first day as…

Video game of Thrones: The Guide to College Life

Game of Thrones— not only the most popular show on TV but also a guide to college life. I know, you’re probably thinking that makes no sense, after all the show takes place in a completely different world. Yeah, you won’t be riding dragons or fighting white walkers when you go back to school in…

Bye-bye Freshman Year; It’s Been Genuine

It seems like only yesterday that I was eagerly unpacking all my clothes and putting up my posters to match my plans for my first college dorm room. And yet, it’s time to leave. The posters have been rearranged, and I’ve accumulated more clothes than I know what to do with. I can’t pinpoint all…

Letter to the Younger Me: You’re Gon na Go Far, Kid

Every era of life eventually has to come to a close. That ending can be exciting, scary, challenging, nostalgic, thought-provoking or just a jumble of emotions. Graduation is on the horizon or right in front of the Class of 2019. As a graduating senior myself, I am feeling all these feelings alongside my friends. I…

An Open Letter to Freshman Year: Great Riddance

Dear Freshman Year, As I look back on our time together, I experience a vast array of feelings. None of them good, but many, nonetheless. I am disgusted by the severity of the punishments you decided to throw my way—hard classes, awful people, existentialist terror and, of course, the dining hall. You lasted for so…

10 Things to Learn About Residing In a College Dormitory

If you’re nervous about heading off to college next year, don’t worry—millions of other people fresh out of high school feel your pain. The first time living on your own can be nerve-wracking. When problems arise, your parents aren’t there with you to guide you through it and the friends you’ve known since kindergarten aren’t…

10 Concepts for a Great Time When Under 21 at the...

Party animal or not, going off to college usually comes with expectations of nights out and binge drinking. I felt this pressure when I was admitted to the University of Iowa in 2016, just one year after it ranked the second best party school in the United States by the Princeton Review. I watched my…

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