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    The Ups and Downs of the Pre-College Rush

    The Ups and Downs of the Pre-College Rush
    I am lucky to have found my dream school as quickly as I did. I am lucky to have been accepted into that college. I am lucky that my school is cheap and close to home. I am lucky in so many ways, but not necessarily in the ways I expected to be. When I first visited Truman State a year ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank

    Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank
    It’s finally March, and you’re totally pumped for a week off from classes to hit the warm weather. If college is anything like the Hollywood ideal, then it’s off to Mexico for some serious partying. Or it was, anyways, until you looked at your bank statement. Maybe you’re strapped for cash, or maybe cliché trips to the shore aren’t your style. ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    When Life Hits the Fan: Staying On Track When Things Take A Turn

    When Life Hits the Fan: Staying On Track When Things Take A Turn
    It happens to the best of us. You start the semester with a game plan and every intention to avoid the mistakes of the past. Time drains such as the internet, partying, and anything else have been sorted out. Your finances are in order, you have your health, and your personal life is drama free. Then, it happens. Life, whether over ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Does Liberal Arts Education Affect Religion?

    Does Liberal Arts Education Affect Religion?
    As I was exploring topics to cover for my final story in my newswriting class, I came across the issue of whether or not liberal arts education affects the religious practices of college students. The issue really intrigued me because I attend a liberal arts university, and have been taught about many different perspectives since beginning classes in the fall. I’ve ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    President Obama Makes His March Madness Picks, A Look at the Schools

    President Obama Makes His March Madness Picks, A Look at the Schools
    It’s no secret that President Barack Obama loves basketball, and though filling out a very public bracket may not be a “hot button issue” for the country, it’s always entertaining to watch the President let loose and give his take on the tournament. For the fourth year in a row, ESPN made a trip to the White House with the President’s ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Michigan State to Offer Class on Zombie Apocalypse Survival

    Michigan State to Offer Class on Zombie Apocalypse Survival
    It’s 2012 – the last year recorded in the Mayan calendar, leading people to believe that the end of the world is upon us. With that, many hypothetical versions of an apocalypse have been thrown out into popular culture, including a zombie apocalypse. Television shows like Walking Dead on AMC and the anticipated Zombieland on Fox are currently trying to capitalize ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +42
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    A Few Minor Problems

    A Few Minor Problems
    You’ve made it. You’ve graduated high school. You’ve proven your tenacity, or at least your ability to stay awake for 6-8 hours a day, and now it’s time to take the first steps into adult life… with parental consent of course. Unfortunately, you’re still 17 (or 16, or whatever young age you are you genius, you), and you’re already begun college, ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Why You Need a Mentor

    Why You Need a Mentor
    When I first graduated with my Bachelor's degree, I was confused. While I had a sense of accomplishment, I also wondered what my next step should be. After a year of agonizing over how to advance my career, I decided to go to graduate school. Surely after completing a Master's degree my future endeavors would be laid out in front of ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Connecticut School Offers Free Tuition through Facebook Challenge

    Connecticut School Offers Free Tuition through Facebook Challenge
    A few months ago, we reported on Cardiff University's Ultimate Scholarship, which was an opportunity for incoming and current students to compete for free tuition for life from the University. We predicted that it wouldn't be long until American institutions began doing the same, and we were right. The University of New Haven in Connecticut announced on Facebook this winter that ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Pinterest, the New “It” Site?

    Pinterest, the New “It” Site?
    I’ve come to find out in my first few months of college that most students will do anything, anything that distracts them from the homework/studying/job that is at hand. And hey, I’m not blaming anyone, in fact, after spending a few hours focused on schoolwork, I need a break to continue functioning. I’ll let you in on another little discovery of ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Roommate Etiquette

    Roommate Etiquette
    Sitting in the dining hall and eating ice cream at 10 PM one night, my roommate excused herself from the table to get some cereal. When she was gone, one of the girls sitting with us laughed and said, “I don’t know how you live with her.” It was a good-natured joke, but also a good question, since we hadn’t met ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Making Time to Stay Healthy

    Making Time to Stay Healthy
    In college, staying healthy is often the last thing on your mind. Just finding time to eat dinner seems like an accomplishment, and forgetting your essay and sprinting back to the dorm totally counts as a workout. But making sure to focus on your health means more than just driving away the Freshman 15 – it’s about making sure you’re at ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Striking Back Against Senioritis

    Striking Back Against Senioritis
    Senioritis: we’ve all heard of it, but you never really know what it’s like until your senior year. Second semester seems to be the time when it strikes most vindictively, transforming even the most diligent of students into unmotivated clock watchers—college apps are done for the most part, ACT/SAT scores are in, and it really does feel like there is no ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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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 about 2 years ago | Rated: +13
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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 about 2 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Don't Leave Your High School Passion Behind: Doing What You Love in College

    Don't Leave Your High School Passion Behind: Doing What You Love in College
    The fading sounds of applause echo across the huge hall, dying down into nothing as we begin our final set. Our first song of the night is a showstopper, the second a laid back interlude. Our last song, however, is much darker, striking a melancholy theme that will haunt the audience throughout the final moments of our performance. The hall is ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +19
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    It Started with a Lisp: Tips For Learning A New Language

    It Started with a Lisp: Tips For Learning A New Language
    “She sells sea- She sells- She sells seashells by the seashore.” It was a problem- a minor one in North America, but big elsewhere. In Mandarin Chinese, there are five consonant sounds I still struggle with, especially when presented in rapid succession, and two of them appear in that line. Generally, I avoid saying certain phrases in English (“we were where”), ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Working Out Your Workout Plan

    Working Out Your Workout Plan
    It’s quite an easy thing to become lazy in your first semester of college. Nobody is yelling in your ear for you to get up (unless your roommate just cares that much), you can skip class more easily (depending on your professor’s attendance policy), and at any given time, you’re probably no more than 300 feet from an Xbox. A lot ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Getting to Know Kristen

    Getting to Know Kristen
    Kristen has been contributing to Fastweb since August 2011 and has garnered a lot of attention from our readers for her personal and prolific pieces, like Accepting Rejection (or a Deferral or Waitlisting). So we thought it would be nice to introduce you all to even more of Kristen! What are you studying in school and what are the biggest challenges ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Homeless Student Becomes $100K Intel Science Talent Search Semi-Finalist

    Homeless Student Becomes $100K Intel Science Talent Search Semi-Finalist
    On New Year’s Day, Samantha Garvey’s life changed for the worse. She and her family moved from their home into a homeless shelter just a few months after her parents had been injured in a car accident and forced out of their jobs, leading them to fall behind on rent payments, according to the New York Daily News. But just a ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +36