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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 about 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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +8
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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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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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
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    Summertime ... and the Learning is Easy

    Summertime ... and the Learning is Easy
    The cherry blossoms are starting to fade and fall to the ground, reminding me that spring semester is nearly over. Summer break looms like a child’s birthday balloon buoyantly hovering above a crowded room. From this vantage point, the next 12 weeks seem like plenty of time to tackle those neglected home decorating projects, catch up on nearly 20 years of ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Timeless Advice for College Success

    Timeless Advice for College Success
    With college on the horizon, there’s likely a whole lot of wisdom going around. Your friends, your family and, yes, the writers at Fastweb, all have a say on how to handle your freshman year. With all this advice flying around, we began to wonder: What would some of the greatest minds of all time say to an incoming college freshman? ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +23
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    Student Volunteer Opportunities

    Student Volunteer Opportunities
    As a student, it’s easy to get caught up in your own life, between studies, your scholarship search, extracurricular activities and, of course, your avid social life. Take some time this year to pause and reflect on what you’re thankful for. Now is the time, especially during the holiday season, to give thanks for everything great in your life. Check out ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +20
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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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    How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

    How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution
    In 2007, Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, conducted a study to test the commitment to New Year’s resolutions. His study found that roughly 78% of all people who make New Year’s resolutions fail to keep them. So how can you make 2013 different from the past few years? How can you keep your New Year’s resolutions for ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +15
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    Get Your Groove Back After Break

    Get Your Groove Back After Break
    Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday and a relaxing break, and that if you returned home, my advice from the previous post was useful. Of course the buzz in the first month of the year always includes the same subject: What is your New Year's resolution? I usually don't believe in making resolutions, but ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Married with Homework: Dealing with Education & Adult Life

    Married with Homework: Dealing with Education & Adult Life
    Traditionally, marriage comes after education. But today, there is no normal timeline, and the two often overlap. Every married couple who has one spouse in school has a story as unique as their situation. Still, there are predictable benefits and pitfalls most couples should consider before combining matrimony and matriculation. Here's advice from three couples who have been through it. Cory ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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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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    Where’s the (Homecoming) Party At?

    Where’s the (Homecoming) Party At?
    Where to Find the Hottest Homecomings Homecoming season is upon us. But which schools boast the biggest and best homecoming bashes around? Here are our top picks for Homecomings across the country. Howard University Homecoming There’s a reason Howard’s Homecoming is mentioned in the rap lyrics of hip hop stars like Ludacris and Biggie. And yes, it does live up to ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Take a Bow and Hear the Applause

    Take a Bow and Hear the Applause
    “As you walk across the stage—take a bow and hear the applause. And as the curtain falls, just know you did it all the best that you knew how. You can hear them cheering now, so let a smile and show your teeth because you know you lived it well.” – This is Not an Exit, by Saves the Day I ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Social Tips for the Introvert

    Social Tips for the Introvert
    I've never been the type to make friends easily. I had a few close friends in high school, but we didn't spend much time together outside of classes or the lunchroom. My introverted nature means that, however much I may want to engage with others, passing more than a few hours with anyone leaves me emotionally drained. Even though I may ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +15
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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 about 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 17 days ago | Rated: +17
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    The Best Ways to Get to Know Your Professor

    The Best Ways to Get to Know Your Professor
    Building valuable relationships with your professors is vital. They are important resources, can provide a wealth of information regarding your college career and your career path. Additionally, strong bonds with professors can lead to mentorship, letters of recommendation and, sometimes, job opportunities. It’s really in a student’s best interest to get to know their professors as much as possible, because one ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +18
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    The People You Meet: Community and the Community College

    The back-to-school jitters kicked in just as I climbed into the elevator. Trying to appear calm and self-assured, I surveyed the swarm of younger faces around me. I made my way to the fourth floor classroom for my first “publishing your writing” class. Arriving early, I tentatively chose a seat and waited for my professor and classmates to trickle in. Fully ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +7
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