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    Valuable Life Skills Learned in College

    Valuable Life Skills Learned in College
    While everything you learn in college is important, there are some teachings that may come in handy more so in life than, say, how to balance the most complicated chemistry equations. Such lessons are actually not taught in courses, they’re learned throughout the experiences in college courses, social life and other daily activities. Here are some valuable life lessons you'll learn ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +16
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    The Pros and Cons of Going Greek

    The Pros and Cons of Going Greek
    You've heard the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s time to explore the idea and form your own opinion. Whether you’re in high school thinking contemplating the idea for the future or are entering uncomfortable. If that happens, call it a day, because those people aren’t your real friends. What are your thoughts on Greek life?
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +20
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    Kick These College Habits!

    Kick These College Habits!
    Just because you got away with it then doesn't mean you can get away with it now. Everyone’s guilty of having bad habits, but college students develop certain habits that they should grow out of when entering the “real” world. As you may already know, college isn't like “real” life at all. You can often get away with the bare minimum, ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +20
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    Can Positive Thinking Get You Into Grad School?

    Can Positive Thinking Get You Into Grad School?
    Seeing the University of Virginia’s men’s basketball team make it to the second round of the NCAA tournament brought me back my own basketball career. Though it was short-lived, I made good use of my two-inch vertical leap and attained virtual stardom in my 175-person high school. Oh yes, my fingers were like the jaws of steel traps. My speed was ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Let Them Eat Cake: A Recipe for Making Friends in the Classroom

    I’m old enough to be these kids’ mother, I think to myself as I observe my younger classmates lining both sides of the hallway. While we wait for the professor to arrive and unlock the door to our classroom, I wonder about these young people only a few years older than my teenage son. What are their personal backgrounds? What has ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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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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    The Courage to Fail

    The Courage to Fail
    As my professor reads the winners of Arapahoe Community College’s Third Annual Literary Contest from the podium, I remember an icy February night two months ago. Stuck in rush hour traffic during a snow storm, I was determined to turn in my nonfiction essay before the literary contest deadline ended. Although the school parking lot was mainly deserted when I ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    The 5 Students You Meet in Group Projects

    The 5 Students You Meet in Group Projects
    Group projects. By now, you realize that they can be a blessing and a curse because you have to deal with the people you’re given. The truth is these group exercises are also exercises in life because, in the workplace, you’re going to experience the same exact types of people. Perhaps, not to the extreme that you’ll experience in group projects ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +25
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    College...the Second Time Around

    College...the Second Time Around
    My first day of college, just over 20 years ago, was filled with the anticipation and excitement of every other college freshman. I was on my own and preparing for success in my double majors of education and business. Months of preparation and planning culminated in the moment I sat in my first college class, Business 101. Perhaps it was the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 about 7 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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    5 Life Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King

    5 Life Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King
    There is probably no other American figure that epitomizes the qualities of leadership and self-sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds more than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we celebrate his life on the day set aside to honor him, let’s look back at some of the most important events in his life. From them, there are plenty of lessons ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Impressive Extracurriculars

    Impressive Extracurriculars
    Now that it’s time to start thinking about the college admissions process, it’s important to consider what you’ll need to put on applications as well. When it comes to your participation experiences, you don’t want to leave blank space! Use your time wisely to ensure that you’ll have activities to put down. Keep in mind, however, that colleges are aware when ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +14
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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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Join the Conversation on FastWeb's Discussions

    Join the Conversation on FastWeb's Discussions
    Whether you’re looking for peer-to-peer advice or a place to share your experiences and vent, you’ve found it. For the first time, FastWeb users can talk to each other and chat about everything you’re going through preparing for college, being an undergrad student, applying for grad school and more. On FastWeb’s new Discussion Channel, you can get advice and chime in ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Mother Load: Surviving the Holidays and the End of the Semester Crunch

    Mother Load: Surviving the Holidays and the End of the Semester Crunch
    Late one night, as I bent bleary-eyed over my sewing machine, I was feeling the pressure that comes from taking on more than one can handle. With the foot pedal pressed to the floor, I sewed seam after seam, intent on finishing my family’s seven costumes for the church Nativity pageant. As I stitched, the thought of my unfinished book proposal ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    How to Go Home Without Going Crazy

    Final exams ended today and the fall semester of 2007 at Hofstra University is officially finished. We get five-and-a-half weeks off between the fall and spring semesters, basically half of December and all of January (unless you decide to take a winter class). FIVE-AND-A-HALF WEEKS. To me, it's no longer a concern. As an RA, I have to come back early ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Saving Sophomore Year

    It seems like the sophomore year is one that you don’t remember. It’s not like your freshman year when everything is new and exciting. It’s not like your junior year when you start the college search process. It’s not like your senior year that is fast-paced, application-crazed, and meaningful yet fun. It’s the often-overlooked sophomore year that isn’t given nearly enough ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -4
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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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    Coming to Terms with Failure

    Coming to Terms with Failure
    Jim Davis, creator of the Garfield comic strip, once wrote, “I could wallpaper a room with my rejection slips.” From an interior-design standpoint, not such a great idea. In terms of maintaining an optimistic viewpoint, also not the best plan. Yet, I think Jim’s on to something. There are always going to be times when things are … stacked against the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +3