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    Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on Going Back to School

    Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on Going Back to School
    If someone had told me a year ago that within the next few months I would be returning to college after an 18-year break, I would have insisted, “My life is way too crazy right now. There is no way I could do that until all my kids are grown and gone.” A year ago, I had just given birth to ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Resisting the Temptations of Senioritis

    With people spending more time indoors to escape the cold, the flu runs rampant this time of year, and there's no shortage of it among the people I know. But what's even more prevalent this time of year is an affliction that probably affects more teenagers than anything else. Its symptoms are obvious, its potential for damage is great, and unlike ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Survey Reveals Students Saving More to Pay for College

    Survey Reveals Students Saving More to Pay for College
    The close of February also draws Financial Aid Awareness Month to an end. How much have students learned this month? According to a recent survey, How Youth Plan to Fund College, it seems that high school students are more aware than ever about the costs of college and more proactive about saving for college themselves. Survey results revealed that 75% of ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    A Field Guide for First-Generation College Students

    A Field Guide for First-Generation College Students
    Although more than thirty percent of freshmen entering college in the United States are first-generation college students, many are reluctant to identify themselves as such. But, why? It may be out of embarrassment or, perhaps, a belief that the situation is unrelated to their college attendance. Don't be embarrassed – be proud of your heritage, whatever it may be! As for ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +17
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    Working the Meal Plan at Your College

    Working the Meal Plan at Your College
    When I told my friends I’d paid for a meal plan at UGA, they were not shy about expressing their doubts. “You’ll get bored of the food within a month,” they warned me. What they hadn’t known, aside from the 75 national awards that UGA has won for its campus food service, is that making the most of a meal plan ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Your Textbooks, Paid for by the USA

    Your Textbooks, Paid for by the USA
    If you haven’t heard about it yet, you might be interested in learning more about the Affordable College Textbook Act. The legislation was recently introduced in November of 2013 by two democratic senators, Sen. Dick Durbin from Illinois and Sen. Al Franken from Minnesota. Soon thereafter, House Representatives Rubén Hinojosa and George Miller joined the campaign with a complimentary bill on ...
    Published 12 months ago | Rated: +22
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    Principle Matters

    Principle Matters
    We have once again been bamboozled by so-called leaders in whom we have placed our trust. Many of us have fallen into yet another trap, and we have come to realize that it is our responsibility to control the process in order to make our opportunities bountiful.  I want every student-athlete to feel empowered to do something positive regardless of their ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Have You Selected the Right Major?

    Have You Selected the Right Major?
    When you first start college, you are gung ho about following your passions. How fun will it be to get to study a subject you love in-depth, have great classroom debates about ancient philosophers, works of art and literature, or to analyze Sigmund Freud’s theories? Hindsight is often said to be 20/20. Some college students graduate excited to enter the workforce ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    ACT Now If You Haven't Already SAT for a Test

    ACT Now If You Haven't Already SAT for a Test
    This is the time of year that makes upperclassmen, especially seniors, tremble—the beginning of standardized testing. Although the scores you receive on these assessments are compared with all the other information on your resume such as your class rank, activities and awards as well as your transcript, admissions essays and letters of recommendation, the number of tiny circles you bubble in ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +14
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    It's All Too Much

    It's All Too Much
    Building up your resume with leadership skills, adding organizations that enhance your field of study and taking on an internship are great goals to have and will work wonders for you in the short and long terms. But when does everything get to be too much? I've always been very good at keeping track of my life, always on top of ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +10
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    8 Things You Should Know About the Class of 2015

    8 Things You Should Know About the Class of 2015
    Each year, UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies releases a survey to the country’s college freshmen class to identify who they are as a whole. The survey covers a range of topics, from political views to how they’re paying for college, in order to provide a complete picture of the Class of 2015. In summary, here are eight things ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +17
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    20 Must-See College Movies

    20 Must-See College Movies
    Sidesplitting, serious and downright silly – these college flicks have it all. Sure, they tend to exaggerated college life but they are, in fact, movies. And, as some that has graduated from college, I can watch any of these movies and they bring back fond memories of the good ol’ days. (Except maybe The Social Network mainly because I’m not a ...
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +30
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    Balancing College and Family

    Balancing College and Family
    As exciting as college is, it was extremely difficult for me to leave my mother, father, older brother, younger sister, and dachshund. I had never been to camp or away from home for longer than three days, yet I was determined to go to college out of state. I searched for colleges that offered my potential majors, but mostly I looked ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Home Away From Home

    Home Away From Home
    I’m sitting on a red leather couch. There are two yellow Labradors, Sophie and Lucy, snoring at my feet, a warm wood stove and the Redskins game sounding in the background. Home. There are a lot of things wrong with this place, sure. The couch is garish in color and sticky in nature, especially in summer when the slightest drop ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Opening Doors to Learning Opportunities

    Opening Doors to Learning Opportunities
    Did you always long for field trips when you were a kid? I did. It seemed that field trips took too long to come around and never lasted long enough. When I was younger, my favorite field trips were the ones that sparked my imagination for weeks. As nontraditional students, we can take advantage of learning opportunities all around us. It’s ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    How NOT To Take A College Road Trip

    How NOT To Take A College Road Trip
    The weekend college road trip is an art. It requires all of the participants to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. When executed properly, the college road trip is a success. When executed poorly, it looks a little like what happened with me last month. “Oh, dear,” you gasp, “whatever shall we do to ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +11
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    How to Stay Motivated

    How to Stay Motivated
    When school first begins in the fall, everyone is excited. A new semester, quarter, or term brings about feelings of a fresh start, or new beginning. Most students feel highly motivated to pass their classes with all A’s. That 4.0 grade point average looks within reach. As time goes on, however, some of that motivation begins to wane. Perhaps you didn't ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Keeping Score on Colleges

    Keeping Score on Colleges
    Introducing the College Scorecard, a tool designed by the U.S. Department of Education to provide data and information to prospective students and their families about a college’s affordability and value. While a rough version was released in June, the full version was just released to the American people this month. The College Scorecard includes five areas with key pieces of information ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Safety First: Tips for Staying Safe at College

    Safety First: Tips for Staying Safe at College
    College can be one of the most memorable times in a person’s life. Learning new subjects often helps a student to see the world differently. Making new friends, gaining independence, and for some living away from home for the first time are all unmatched experiences. However, in the wake of sexual abuse scandals, hazing deaths, college shootings, and student abductions, it ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Residential Life: A Place to Live and Work

    Residential Life: A Place to Live and Work
    There’s at least one in every college dorm. From mediating arguments between clashing roommates to diffusing finals week stress, they look out for their residents. They're Resident Assistants, more commonly known as RAs, and they're an integral part of dorm life. An Uncommon Job An RA is usually in charge of a floor or a wing of residents. Their responsibilities ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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