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    Preparing for College (in a More Practical Sense)

    If an omniscient viewer peeked into my life for a period of time, he or she would notice that I follow a simple and set routine. I wake up, brush my teeth, pick out my day’s attire, and go to school. After school, I toss my dirty clothes into the laundry basket, take a shower, and slip into a more comfortable ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +8
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    The Beginning of Senior Year: A Farewell to the Fledgling

    The Beginning of Senior Year: A Farewell to the Fledgling
    On my first day of school, I feel a tingling in my fingers as I search through my closet for my black dress. I usually wear this gloomy-colored attire to funerals, but this dress will not witness any melancholy tears or expressions of farewell today. Bolles, my high school, carries an abiding tradition of letting the senior women wear black dresses ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Back to School in the 90’s: What Was Hot?

    [photo:1158855] As you’re preparing for back to school this year, you already know there are certain must haves – from iPads to fashion – that just make this year so….2010. But what was hot in the 90’s—the decade you were likely born? Find out what high school kids were going crazy for as you were just making your way into the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +21
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    College Tips for Nontraditional Students

    College Tips for Nontraditional Students
    You've decided to continue your formal education. But how can you make college a success while still meeting work and family obligations? Check out these expert tips to help you during that all-important first term: Begin with classes that you feel confident about. Sure, it's good to get requirements out of the way. But don't feel you must tackle the most ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Should You Take a Year Off After Graduation?

    Should You Take a Year Off After Graduation?
    You'd like to take a few months or even a year after college to do something off the beaten career path, but you're worried about the effect on your job prospects after your self-imposed sabbatical is over. Take heart: Such a break can often be empowering and beneficial to your career. "If an employer thinks you wasted a year by biking ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Next Great Odyssey

    The Next Great Odyssey
    “Sing in me, muse, and through me tell the story of the graduating high school senior about to embark upon her college odyssey.” –My modified version of Homer’s The Odyssey. Homer made his epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, unique by focusing on different characters and plots in each poem. But they’re cohesive because The Iliad lays the foundation for ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Stop Living in the Past

    Stop Living in the Past
    As a resident assistant (RA), I have to craft a bulletin board theme for my floor. My very first theme was "Finding Nemo." Nemo was smack dab in the middle of the board, with the words, "Small Fish, Big Pond" surrounding him. Looking back, it was my fave board that I've done. "Small Fish, Big Pond" speaks multitudes because everyone is ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Expectations are Funny Things

    Expectations are Funny Things
    In high school, I went to tennis camp for three years. I figured I'd come out with a sweet backhand but ended up coming out with better sportsmanship, while my form stayed the same. In other words, I expected one thing and ended up with something else. Here are a few unexpected things I got out of each of my important ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Top 10 Things that College Taught Us About Life

    Top 10 Things that College Taught Us About Life
    1. Dorms College is a time of extreme freedom but, let’s face it, not everything about college screams unfettered space. Students don’t usually have a lot of extra money and that means that their personal space is limited. In fact, the average college student has bunked down in a dorm room. According to the 2000 census, about 2 million students ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +39
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    It’s Your Life—Let the New FastWeb Help You Live It

    It’s Your Life—Let the New FastWeb Help You Live It
    College can be tough. But it also makes for some of the best years of your life. Debating going to the party or doing your paper? Not getting along with your roommate? Fighting the freshman 15? Been there. Done that. And we can help. We’ve been around the block a few times and we’re offering up all the helpful tips and ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Saying Our Goodbyes

    By the time this blog posts, I will officially be a college graduate! The event I've been talking about forever will have finally happened -- and it's starting to hit me. The reality will be even harsher when I wake up that fateful August move-in day later this year, only to remember I'm no longer at Hofstra... I'm getting sad just ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Freshman Blog - Transition to College

    So this is the end of one journey. It feels like everything in my life has closed its doors lately. The weird thing is usually one door closes and another one opens, but I haven't seen any doors open. And some of those doors have just slammed in my face ... without any warning, if you catch my drift. One particular ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Keeping in Touch

    Keeping in Touch
    Are you afraid of losing touch with the old high school gang? Don’t be! In this modern day, it’s easier than ever to stay connected to loved ones – no matter how close or far apart you actually are. Sure, you’ll make new friends but that doesn't mean you have to lose touch with your old ones as a result. You ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +17
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    Future College Roommates and Facebook

    Future College Roommates and Facebook
    Incoming college freshman, understandably nervous about their future living arrangements, learn their roommate assignments and promptly log on their Facebook accounts to investigate their future roommates. Upon finding information they find favorable or, perhaps even, unfavorable, they began to immediately build friendships or put in for roommate changes, often without even meeting the assigned roommate. Weeding Out via Social Media: Useful ...
    Published 17 days ago | Rated: +22
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    Friendship Deal Breakers

    Friendship Deal Breakers
    In high school, your friends were the people most similar to you out of the people that attended the same school you did – a “luck of the draw” situation. For some, this was a good thing. For others, not so much. One of the best parts about college? You actually get to choose your friends. Friends are supposed to encourage ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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    Idle Hands: Making Extracurriculars a Priority

    Idle Hands: Making Extracurriculars a Priority
    “Are you free Friday night?” Yes, actually, it’s the only night I am free, I think to myself, sadly. It’s frustrating. Personally, I really do enjoy keeping busy. I feel useless without having something to do. Hey, everybody’s different. [gate] My best friend constantly bemoans her lack of free time, as she juggles a part-time job, her volunteer swim coaching gig, ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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    Top 10 Places to Give Back

    Top 10 Places to Give Back
    Searching for meaning in the season of giving? If you want to give back, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Volunteering can be as easy—and enjoyable—as pie if you seek out the right opportunities. [gate] Are you a people person? The next Top Chef? Whatever your strengths, put them to good use this holiday season by sharing them with ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    Top 10 Party Schools of 2013-2014

    Top 10 Party Schools of 2013-2014
    The Princeton Review ranks pretty much everything when it comes to college – from student life to political agendas. But what rankings matter most to students? Try as they might to gain student hype around academics or other categories, one of the most highly anticipated rankings remains both coveted by students and despised by college presidents: the year’s top party colleges. ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +24
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    Schools of Sobriety

    Schools of Sobriety
    For many, college is a time to party. But, these schools prove that you can still gain a great education while observing a sober lifestyle. Many of the schools are focused on faith or discipline, putting rigorous academics where they should be: at the forefront of a college education. The Princeton Review ranks pretty much everything when it comes to college ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +15
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    Budget Savvy Back-to-School Shopping

    Budget Savvy Back-to-School Shopping
    Heading back to college is exciting…and expensive! Wise shoppers stretch dollars, so don’t overspend on things you don’t have to (which is pretty much everything, by the way). How? It’s easy – just shop smarter! Not sure how? Here are some tips to help you shop smarter for your college needs. [gate] 1. Learn Dorm Do’s and Don’ts Your awesome wall ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +21