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    Being Shy in College

    Being Shy in College
    I have never been the most social person. In fact, I’m decidedly introverted: I prefer being with a few close friends than being at a large gathering, I don’t feel 100% comfortable getting to know new people, and the way I relax and recharge is by just hanging out by myself and reading, going to the gym, or catching up on ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +11
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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 over 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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
  • +15

    Examining the FAFSA

    Examining the FAFSA
    Welcome to 2013, everyone! It's looking bright and cheery from my standpoint and – Hey! Wait! It's January, isn't it? Well, then it's about time for that FAFSA form. Now to me, that word incites a bit of fear because it just sounds so official, so important, and so future-ruining. But there's no need to worry! Because you are now entering ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +15
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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +4
  • +13

    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 over 2 years ago | Rated: +13
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    College Life Versus the "Real" World

    College Life Versus the "Real" World
    When you are in college, your future may seem filled with endless possibilities. Studying subjects that you love, or that you think will lead to a high paying career, gives you a sense of purpose. While in school, you may have a group of friends, professors and classmates who share similar interests with you. Eagerly you wait for graduation day to ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    Study Session Strategies

    Study Session Strategies
    A good study routine can make or break your academic success. Developing a study skill set takes practice, but the basic principles are something every student should be familiar with. You’ll find that getting into a productive study routine will make it much easier to focus, learn and retain information to the best of your abilities. Here are six basic principles ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Enhance Your Scholarship Winning Skills

    Enhance Your Scholarship Winning Skills
    To those who clicked on the link to read this article, I thank you. You have assured me that I am not the only one who gets very excited about scholarships and I am not as crazy as I once thought. As you can tell, I love scholarships. It’s all about the hunt for money that isn't yours, the money that ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +21
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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +17
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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 over 1 year ago | Rated: +22
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    My First 4 Weeks of College

    My First 4 Weeks of College
    When last we met, I was a high school senior, more than ready to graduate and get my real life started. Full of idealism and excitement, I was fighting at the bit, and felt as though, when the time came for me to move in to my dorm room here at Truman State University, I would have few qualms about college ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +10
  • +15

    School Support

    School Support
    Being on your own and away from your family can be nerve-wrecking, especially if you’re not feeling well or you’ve got an issue that needs resolving. Luckily, colleges have you covered with various school services so that, no matter what the situation, you are not alone! Whether your issue is personal, health-related, a financial struggle or social, there’s likely somewhere on ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +15
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Financial and Educational Benefits of ROTC: Is It Right for You?

    Financial and Educational Benefits of ROTC: Is It Right for You?
    Although it isn’t usually considered by many families in America, the ROTC program is a great choice for future college students. First, it provides for a great amount of financial assistance and tuition aid. While most people fund their education using student loans, they don’t always realize how far these loans can sink them into debt. Just last year alone the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +16
  • +13

    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 over 3 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 over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Your Major? Your Passion

    Your Major? Your Passion
    Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions of your college career and that’s why students start sweating profusely when it’s even brought up. But, this is a safe space everyone, OK? We’re going to talk about it calmly and get through this, together. Personally, I have known what I wanted to major in since third grade. WAIT! Don’t ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +20
  • +10

    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 over 8 years ago | Rated: +10
  • +15

    High School Reflections

    High School Reflections
    Hello fellow Fastwebbers! Brace yourself for the best advice that you will ever receive about high school! These are the things they don't want you to know, the things that everyone is keeping from you ‒ but I am here to give them to you. Just think of me as the nerdy guy in all of the James Bond movies that ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +15
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