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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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    The “In” Crowd

    The “In” Crowd
    We all know the group of people in our high school that everyone knows. Come on, don’t deny it. They are the select few that everyone turns to gaze at, if only slightly. So many of you would like to be friends with them or even become them, but stop and think about it: Is it really worth it?[gate] When you ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +16
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    An English Major’s Guide to Writing Papers

    An English Major’s Guide to Writing Papers
    One of my favorite things about language is that no two people have exactly the same arsenal of diction and syntax from which they can pull and construct their writing and everyday conversations. There are words I do not know but that other people use on a daily basis, and there are words that, to me, have a slightly different connotation ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +12
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    Depression and the College Student

    Depression and the College Student
    College can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. Trying to fit in, maintain good grades, plan for the future, and be away from home, often causes anxiety for a lot of students. As a reaction to this stress, some students get depressed. They find that they cannot get themselves together. They may cry all of the ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +13
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    The Stages of Senioritis

    The Stages of Senioritis
    As students around the country enter into the arctic wilderness that is February, moods drop, bodies slump, and grades lessen in importance. February wins the worst month of the year award, and I say this solemnly because my birthday inhabits this sad, dreary month. Students are right in the middle of the third quarter. Spring break seems close, but yet so ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +14
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    Second Semester Start-up

    Second Semester Start-up
    Let’s face it, for many students, the holidays are one of the best times of the year, behind summer of course, because we all get to sleep in, play games we haven’t for a while or the new ones we just got, hang out with our friends, see a few movies, and not worry about the stress of school for two ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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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 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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    Decisions, Decisions

    Decisions, Decisions
    Right now, you are probably sitting. On a chair, your bed, maybe the floor. You are most likely in your house that you have lived in for some time, with your parents or your guardians, who are off somewhere doing something parental. Your siblings, if they exist, are annoying you. School may be bearing down upon you, like it’s crushing upon ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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    Back to School Blues

    Back to School Blues
    It’s almost time to head back to campus and dive headfirst into college life again, but, to be honest, I’m not really feeling it. I've gotten used to being at home, with no classes or any real responsibilities other than making it to work. Somehow the past month has flown by without me even realizing it. I’m not even particularly sure ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +9
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    New Year’s Resolutions to Resolve College Problems

    New Year’s Resolutions to Resolve College Problems
    The hashtag #collegeproblems is probably one of the most popular on Twitter, and it is definitely common among my classmates. Anything from professors with nearly incomprehensible accents to complaints about community bathrooms is fair game for tweeting, but I am always surprised by how many “problems” can be better categorized as inconveniences with very doable solutions. [gate] Even more surprising is ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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    Examining the FAFSA

    Examining the FAFSA
    Welcome to 2013, everyone! It's looking bright and cheery from my standpoint and – Hey! Wait! It's January, isn't it? Well, then it's about time for that FAFSA form. Now to me, that word incites a bit of fear because it just sounds so official, so important, and so future-ruining. But there's no need to worry! Because you are now entering ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +15
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    Buying Textbooks Without Breaking Your Wallet

    Buying Textbooks Without Breaking Your Wallet
    When deciding to purchase textbooks for next semester, you have a couple of options: [gate] 1. Buying books online For most students, purchasing textbooks online is their primary option at the start of a new semester. The most popular website to buy and sell textbooks is Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/ ). When searching for a book on sites such as Amazon, here are ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +14
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    Staying Afloat in Stormy Classes

    Staying Afloat in Stormy Classes
    As college students across the nation lock themselves in their dorm rooms and curl up in bed with a spoon and a jar of Nutella in preparation for final exams, many of them will realize they are in over their heads. [gate] After all, there is a difference between stressing over an important final because there is a lot of information ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +14
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    Why College?

    Why College?
    There are millions of students in the world who are considering going to college and what it means for their future. Some of them, myself included, are going above and beyond, pushing their boundaries to make their college résumés look as impressive as possible. However, there are many people, teens and adults alike, that look at those people with bewilderment, as ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +11
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    Those Last Couple of Weeks: Making It Until the Holidays

    Those Last Couple of Weeks: Making It Until the Holidays
    For those who are about to take finals, we salute you. The few weeks between Thanksgiving break and the heavenly month-long winter break seem to be some of the most stressful of the college school year. [gate] The eight days I spent at home for Thanksgiving was the longest period of time I had been there since summer, and, as much ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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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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    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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    Keep Calm and Carry On

    Keep Calm and Carry On
    In Overachievers Anonymous, I wrote about what to do and ways to help if you are taking on a lot of things to fill up that college résumé to the brim, but after taking some time to reflect, I realized that an overload of work isn't the only thing that we have to worry about and that stresses us out, it ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +13
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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 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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    How to Stay Motivated

    How to Stay Motivated
    When school first begins in the fall, everyone is excited. A new semester, quarter, or term brings about feelings of a fresh start, or new beginning. Most students feel highly motivated to pass their classes with all A’s. That 4.0 grade point average looks within reach. As time goes on, however, some of that motivation begins to wane. Perhaps you didn't ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +13