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    Safety First: Tips for Staying Safe at College

    Safety First: Tips for Staying Safe at College
    College can be one of the most memorable times in a person’s life. Learning new subjects often helps a student to see the world differently. Making new friends, gaining independence, and for some living away from home for the first time are all unmatched experiences. However, in the wake of sexual abuse scandals, hazing deaths, college shootings, and student abductions, it ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Making the Most of Your Academic Advisor

    Making the Most of Your Academic Advisor
    Beginning college can be confusing. Whether you are going for the first time, or returning to finish your degree, the process can be scary. There is a lot that goes into making your college career a success. Luckily, there are people who can help you navigate the process. In college, each student is given an academic advisor. Academic advisors can tell ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +10
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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +12
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    What to Know Before You Borrow

    What to Know Before You Borrow
    Most students graduate high school ready to take on the world. Perhaps they are accepted into their first choice college, or even if it is a second choice school at least the freedom of living away from home is something to look forward to. The financial aid award letter arrives in the mail and mixed in with the grants and work-study ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +17
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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 over 1 year ago | Rated: +15
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    Skip Skipping Classes

    Skip Skipping Classes
    “What is the best piece of advice you can give a freshman?” It was a question that popped up over and over again during my time at Dawg Camp, an optional weekend retreat in the summer for incoming freshmen to the University of Georgia. Some of the answers were predictable, like make a lot of friends or don’t forget to call ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +12
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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Work It: Finding and Holding Down a Job in College without Losing Your Cool

    Work It: Finding and Holding Down a Job in College without Losing Your Cool
    Although my work experience is limited, the experiences have stretched from assisting in the instruction of little ballerinas to setting up house showings for real estate agents. There is one thing I have learned: all jobs are going to provide some work-related stress, but some jobs are more manageable than others. [gate] As a college student, that knowledge works to my ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Finding Out Where You Belong

    Finding Out Where You Belong
    College: it gets peoples' minds spinning. Some about the good ol’ days, some about the wonderful present but, to some, it represents the frightening future. To many high school students, college is that final frontier of education that is so close yet so far away. It’s what many strive for and what many can’t wait for. However, speaking as a high ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Calming College Nerves

    Calming College Nerves
    If I remember correctly, December was about the time that my senior-in-high-school-self got a little worried about college. It’s very exciting to think about moving away and starting a new life in college, but there’s a lot of stuff to worry about, too. Well, I’m going to go through what worried me the most about college and calm you down about ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +21
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    Finding Your Perfect Roommate Situation

    Finding Your Perfect Roommate Situation
    Most new college students seem to find that one of the biggest adjustments they have to make is having a roommate. Even if you’ve bunked with a sibling before, sleeping in the same room as a complete stranger is difficult at first. As we approach the housing sign-up season, try to keep the following questions in mind: Are you comfortable with ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    Freshman Year Feelings

    Freshman Year Feelings
    In the frenzy that is preparing to leave the nest for the first time, there’s hardly time to sit around and contemplate your feelings. There are always more clothes to be packed, more things to buy, and emergency trips to the store to get something you forgot. As the day of departure grows nearer, emotions surface: worry, excitement, nervousness, apprehension, and ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +13
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    The Stages of College Essay Writing

    The Stages of College Essay Writing
    In reality, thousands of other students applying for college will have similar grades, a comparable GPA and extracurriculars, so perhaps the only way to truly individualize your application is your essay. Your grades are most likely not funny, sentimental, quirky, deep or moving, but your essay can be. Moreover, the student with a 4.0 could be the most diligent Game of ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Be a Social Networking Sleuth

    Be a Social Networking Sleuth
    One thing I wish someone had told me is that social networking is even more popular in college than it is in high school. Seeing the college brochures of students playing frisbee, lying on the grass, studying in libraries, and hanging out at coffee shops had given me this mental image of the college student who is so busy living her ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +12
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    The Meaning Behind Community Service

    The Meaning Behind Community Service
    I have always wanted to have my own talk show, so I'm just going to pretend that I have one right now. Hello faithful audience and at-home viewers! Welcome to The Alison Show! Today we are going to be discussing a serious topic, one that will give you great life experiences, impressive things to put on your college application, wonderful essay ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +14
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    3 Tips for Your Scholarship Search

    3 Tips for Your Scholarship Search
    Now that my college applications are all, finally, submitted, I am beginning to consider that second half of the college selection process: financial aid. Affordability is, in the end, what will determine the college I attend. As I begin to receive merit scholarship notifications, I am developing a better sense of how much I will truly be expected to pay for ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    Keeping in Touch with Family—You’ll Miss the Home-Cooked Meals

    Keeping in Touch with Family—You’ll Miss the Home-Cooked Meals
    I am completely obsessed with my family. I wouldn’t have what anyone would call a normal family, but then again, who does? In high school, I found that the more I got to know a friend’s family, the a) more funny they became, and b) the less eccentric my own family seemed. With that in mind however, there are still many ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Federal Funding 101

    Federal Funding 101
    With the reelection of President Barack Obama--to the ire of many, and the rejoice of others--he has promised to roll back tuition at many colleges, by working with congress, increase funding for federal student aid, and strengthen community colleges. Obama has declared higher education a “necessity”, and plans to work to make it a reality for everyone. He also declared that ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Keeping Away the College Anxiety

    Keeping Away the College Anxiety
    This is the time of year that is often most nerve-wracking for high school seniors: on top of all the school stressors that have been fairly consistent over the past three years, we have to consider where we’ll be a year from now. For the majority of us, that place will be on a college campus. Thinking about college, while a ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Advice for High School Students

    Advice for High School Students
    If I could give one piece of advice to high school students (or anyone, really), I would tell them to not waste any time waiting for anything. Waiting for “life to begin.” Waiting for the world to fall into place. It sounds cliché, probably, and it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you’re “stuck” in the town that ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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