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    To Pledge or Not to Pledge: Pros and Cons of Frat Life

    To Pledge or Not to Pledge: Pros and Cons of Frat Life
    There are a few big decisions most college freshman must make after they’ve decided on the college they want to attend -- like where to live, when to schedule classes, and whether or not to join Greek life. Although it may seem unimportant, whether or not you join Greek life will greatly affect your college experience in many ways. Hopefully this ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Senior Year Cost WHAT?!

    Senior Year Cost WHAT?!
    Everyone looks forward to the final couple of years of high school: you’re getting ready for college, looking forward to graduating, and enjoying all the perks of finally being at the top of the food chain. With all of the excitement of finally finishing high school comes a truckload of fun stuff that solidifies the rapidly approaching milestone of graduation: cap ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Are You Applying to Grad School for the Right Reasons?

    Are You Applying to Grad School for the Right Reasons?
    When students first finish their undergraduate degrees, they feel a strong sense of accomplishment. New graduates often are optimistic about embarking on a new career. A few months after graduation, however, some students get frustrated by their inability to find a job in their chosen field. As a result of chronic unemployment or being dissatisfied with the job they do have, ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +17
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    It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    I am five weeks into this semester, and let me tell you, this has been one of those weeks that I feel like I am just barely clinging to my sanity. It has been a truly insane few days, what with all the tests, papers and after-class commitments to attend to and, while it’s usually easy for me to relish the ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +9
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    Test-Taking Tips from a Test-Taker

    Test-Taking Tips from a Test-Taker
    The SAT, or as I like to call it, the Mother of All Tests, looms over every high school student's academic career. It's loyal counterpart, the ACT or, for our purposes, The Father of All Tests, is just as intimidating. These two tests mark the passage into academic adulthood, and can make or break a student's ambitions. Now that we have ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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    Dealing with Different Worldviews in College

    Dealing with Different Worldviews in College
    One of the most rewarding--and potentially frustrating--parts of college is being exposed to new ideas and beliefs. Sometimes they can be helpful and beneficial, increasing our knowledge, inspiring us, or allowing us to change harmful beliefs, but other times they can offend us or even threaten deeply-held worldviews. When faced with difficult situations that offend our beliefs in educational situations, how ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +17
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    Smartphones a Must for College Students?

    Smartphones a Must for College Students?
    In the age of the Internet, information is at our beck and call with the push of a button. Smartphones are no exception, making it easier to get up to the second news and information. It’s almost like carrying a laptop around in your pocket. Usually, high school graduates view purchasing a laptop a must before heading off to college. Now ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Figure It Out: Can You Afford Your College Choice?

    Figure It Out: Can You Afford Your College Choice?
    With the new year comes new resolutions and a fresh start, and this is no different for high school seniors. Now that you have some idea of where you’ll be a year from now, it’s time to make sure you can afford it. While nearly everyone fills out the FAFSA and waits to hear back from schools on their financial aid, ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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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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    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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    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 1 year ago | Rated: +14
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    My First Week of College

    My First Week of College
    Moving to college is such a whirlwind of emotions. Students are anxious, excited, nervous, happy, sad, and so, so confused. There’s really no real way to avoid it besides taking it slow and embracing this once-in-a-lifetime moment: your first college move-in day. Here are a few tips to make this transition easier, and what I have learned through my first week ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +20
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    A Student's Angst

    A Student's Angst
    Tick tock. That’s all I hear as I push in my applications for college. Tick tock. The clock’s ticking as I type in yet again, my first name, last name, address, alternative address, birthdate and phone number. What am I going to do with my life? [gate] I have an idea, but the most terrifying thing, is that I won’t in ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +14
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    As the Years Go By...A College Perspective

    As the Years Go By...A College Perspective
    We’re all familiar with this time of year: the days are steadily getting shorter, the textbook deals are being advertised, and the school and dorm supplies are on sale at Target. I’m sure most of us are all moved in to college by now, though we’re still probably getting used to being away from home for what may be the first ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +12
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    What You Can Do This Second to Ease the College Transition

    What You Can Do This Second to Ease the College Transition
    From the vantage point of a high school desk, college can seem impossibly far off – a different, mythical world. It’s a quickly approaching leap from life at home to life in a college dorm, and in the scramble to prepare oneself academically for collegiate life, it’s easy to overlook the fact that in a few short months, you’ll be living ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +13
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    7 Mistakes First Time Job Seekers Make: And How to Avoid Them

    7 Mistakes First Time Job Seekers Make: And How to Avoid Them
    The day you graduate from college may be one of the happiest days of your life. The sense of accomplishment, the acknowledgement of a job well done, the pat on the back from your family and peers elates you. The future looks so bright, until you begin to search for a new job and are met with rejection after rejection. Then ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Approaching Extracurriculars

    Approaching Extracurriculars
    “Don’t spread yourself thin,” is an oft-quoted maxim, and every college information session, tour guide and college advisor will say it is true. There is a misconception among high school students (I also thought it in my freshman year) that the more activities one has on their resume, the better. Colleges will go for the fifteen-club student above the two-club one, ...
    Published 6 months ago | Rated: +18
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    Conquering It All

    Conquering It All
    So far senior year is proving to be the most tolerable of my high school years. It’s still high school —I don’t think that statement needs further explanation—but there is a distant light on the horizon called college, and, thankfully, that light is quickly approaching. With the anticipation of next year, however, comes the stress of making it to next year—and ...
    Published 6 months ago | Rated: +16
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    How to Avoid Bad Teachers and Snag the Good Ones

    How to Avoid Bad Teachers and Snag the Good Ones
    Just one more, I thought, as I trudged up the steps and pulled open the deceivingly heavy wooden doors. Just one more flight of stairs and I would step into this classroom for the last time, submitting my exam and turning my back on what had developed into a very unsatisfying class over the course of the semester. But all of ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Deciding to Join a Sorority—Trust Yourself

    Deciding to Join a Sorority—Trust Yourself
    The day of Big/Little Reveal was hot. I remember because we were all wearing dresses; it might have been the first day of the semester where no one had chosen to wear pants. I and five other newly initiated girls gathered outside of my freshman dorm to drive over to the venue together. For this occasion I had borrowed a friend’s ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +14