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10 Things Every College Student Should Experience

If you ask your parents or professors about the most exciting period in their lives, you’ll probably hear this answer: “my years at college”. Think about it: if you don’t use the years you have at college to have the best time of your life, when will you set yourself free? You’ll face huge responsibilities as soon as you graduate, so you should definitely relax and do some things you always wanted to do. You know, just like in movies.

Here are 10 things that every college student should go through:

  1. Meeting tons of people

During freshman year, students are really excited to see new faces everywhere they turn. They want to meet new friends and ask about their cities and countries. However, that excitement goes away as they get used to the campus environment. Don’t let that happen to you. College gives you great opportunities to meet new people and make friends every single day.

  1. Sleepless nights

Everyone tells you to sleep at least 8 hours every night. That’s important, but sometimes it’s impossible. In some situations, you’ll really need to deprive yourself from sleep for the sake of studying. You don’t have to do that when you’re supposed to write a paper, since you can always hire the professional writers from EssayOnTime to help you with that. However, no one can study in your place, so you’ll definitely go through some sleepless nights before and during exam week.

  1. Taking easy electives

Who said you should constantly challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone? It’s okay to take easy subjects, mainly because they are fun. Elective subjects can easily get you easy scores, so why would you waste your time and energy with something you don’t understand?

  1. Going on road trips

You don’t plan road trips; you just decide you should go. If one of your friends has a car, then benefit from the freedom you have and get moving. Travelling is a great activity that helps you develop strong bonds with your friends.

  1. Skipping classes

Let’s get something clear: yes, you are paying for those college classes and you should definitely attend them. However, it’s okay to skip a class or two when you don’t feel like listening to a lecture. You might be too tired, or maybe you have great plans for the evening. Don’t skip classes too commonly, but do that when you know you’ll benefit more from another activity than from the lecture you would attend.

  1. Spending time with family and old friends

Don’t forget to maintain old connections, and stay in touch with your family. You’ll get vacations during college, so don’t spend them on campus. Organize trips with your family and high-school friends and remind yourself how much you care about them.

  1. Partying

Don’t do this too often, but make sure to experience it at least once throughout college: party like a rock star. People will keep inviting you to parties, and sometimes you’ll have to say no because of studying and other responsibilities. However, it’s okay to set yourself free and get wild from time to time. Enjoy college life, but remember not to pass the limits.

  1. Finding new hobbies

You’re too young to focus on your major and avoid finding new interests. Do you like singing, playing sports, or writing poems? Join a club and get involved. Your hobby will add a new dimension to your college life, so you won’t spend a minute being bored.

  1. Dorm life

Without experiencing dorm life, the entire college experience is somehow incomplete. Living with other students teaches you not only to relax, but to be a responsible person as well. You’ll learn how to take your share of responsibilities and control your temper when you don’t like someone’s actions. Plus, you’ll make friends for a lifetime.

  1. Graduating

That’s an experience you can’t compare. You’ll have a lot of fun throughout college, so maybe you won’t want this moment to come. However, graduation is the whole purpose for going through this journey. It will make you feel like an accomplished, responsible individual who is ready to deal with the world.

 

There you have them – the 10 things you should definitely experience throughout college. There is still time until graduation, but keep that final goal in mind while you go through all other adventures on the list.

 



Qualities that Make a Teacher Great

Throughout their academic careers, students are going to encounter numerous teachers. Some will be good, some will be bad, and (hopefully) a few will be great.

It’s the great teachers who leave lasting impacts on students. They’re the ones who perhaps challenged what the student thought, or pushed them to work a little differently than they were comfortable with. Maybe they inspired their students to set new goals or work even harder for the ones they already had. Great teachers are the ones students will think about long after they’ve left school. And it turns out; they may all have a few things in common.

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Rob Jenkins, a faculty member at Georgia Perimeter College, wrote The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers for the Chronicle of Higher Education, in which he details qualities he believes all great teachers possess, no matter the subject or grade level.

The first quality is he shares is all great teachers seem to have similar personality traits. He writes, “Great teachers tend to be good-natured and approachable, as opposed to sour or foreboding; professional without being aloof.” He also lists several other traits of teachers including being comfortable in their own skin and creativity.

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Best Spring Break of Your Life: 10 Destinations for Every College Budget

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By Jessica Tholmer

We are quickly approaching spring break, arguably the best time of the year. If you are planning a trip this year, there are some hot spots you can’t miss if you want to have the perfect vacation. Though Cabo is always a good time and Padre is pretty predictable, this year we’ve found even more interesting places to consider for your escape from campus.

Here are some of the hottest spring break destinations for you and your pals.

Dominican Republic

Gorgeous views, warm weather, perfect beaches — isn’t this what spring break is all about? The nightlife in the DR is always memorable as well! You’re only about 80 miles east of Puerto Rico and have access to several (money saving) all-inclusive resort options.

Las Vegas, Nevada

The Strip may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think “spring break,” but why shouldn’t it be? Las Vegas is always a good time, and it is a very accommodating city for big groups of people. Again, you can make it a pretty affordable stop. Not to mention, the weather in Vegas is always optimal.

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Miami, Florida

The gorgeous beaches, warm South Florida sunshine, and awesome nightclubs will make your spring break well worth the wait. Plus, the Latin food, tasty cocktails, and supreme shopping make it memorable, too. Read the rest of this entry »



Which College Town is Right for You?

There are already plenty of questions to consider when deciding where to go to college. Which school is the best for your program? How much can you afford to spend? How far from or close to home do you want to be?

Though those may cover the basics, some consideration should also be given to what kind of place your college or university is in. Are you looking for a quaint, quirky college town? Or are you looking for a little city within a big city kind of feel with your campus?

Source: WalletHub

Tons of options are out there, and the choice can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the folks at the personal finance site WalletHub have created a list of the best and worst college cities and towns in America. They reviewed 280 cities across 23 different metrics like quality of higher education, crime rates, cost of living, and average monthly cost of purchases students are most likely to make.

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Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, is Spreading a Powerful Message Across College Campuses

Miss America is about to embark on a tour of college campuses that will allow her to share an important message with students that has nothing to do with red cups.

Miss America, Kira Kazantsev of New York, first made waves during the talent portion of the competition. Eschewing pageant norms, she plopped down cross-legged on stage and sang Pharrell’s “Happy.” All while accompanying herself on a red Solo cup a la “Pitch Perfect.” Clearly her talent did nothing but help her, since Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 later in the evening.

Now she’s ready to move on past all the talk about a cup and move on to more serious issues, namely awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence. Just a few days after being crowned, Kazantsev spoke about her own experience as a victim of domestic violence. Now she’s using her experience to help prevent others from landing themselves in similar situations.

In an interview on HuffPost Live Kazantsev said, “Women need to know how they should be treated. Women need to know what healthy relationships are, and as Miss America I hope to educate women. I hope to raise awareness on what that healthy relationship is because I didn’t know. That’s what happened with me – I just didn’t understand.”

As part of her duties as Miss America, Kazantsev will visit several college campuses to share her story and what can be learned from it.

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Campuses Still Don’t Know What to do About Rape

If you were the victim of sexual assault while at school, you would expect that something would be done about it. Unfortunately, there are now nearly 80 colleges and universities under federal investigation due to Title IX violations stemming from how the institutions of higher education handle reports of sexual assault. Hint: it’s not well.

Many times, when sexual assault or rape is reported on college campuses, the consequences hardly match the crime. Then there are the times when instead of the rapist being punished, the victim is blamed because they were too drunk or too scantily clad to have a legitimate complaint.

Take for example the case of a young woman who was raped after a party at the University of Kansas last year. She had been drinking, and was assisted back to the dorms by a fellow student. The young woman was raped, she reported the attack, and the young man later confessed to the campus police that he had continued to have sex with her after she said, “no,” “stop,” and “I can’t do this.”

Even with the confession, the local police refused to prosecute the male student for sexual assault. The local district attorney announced on September 3 that he will consider filing charges in the case due to receiving new information. The alleged attack happened on October 18, 2013.

The school did take action against the male student, punishing him by putting him on probation, banning him from campus housing, and telling him to write a four-page paper. KU also considered giving him community service, but it was decided that measure was too “punitive.” In the meantime, the young woman was threatened with arrest for underage drinking at the party before the alleged rape.

“People need to know how little attention this is being given when they do come forward to the university,” the young woman said about the lenient punishment and lack of support from local law enforcement to the Huffington Post.

“You get serious consequences for plagiarizing, and you get horrible consequences if you have a six-pack of beer in your dorm. I think this is more serious than those, and it’s given very little attention.”

Another young woman who was the victim of rape is taking matters into her own hands to get others to pay attention to her case. She says she was raped by a classmate on the first day of her sophomore year at Columbia University. Now a senior, she has designed her senior thesis to aid in her protest that rapist has been allowed to remain on campus.

In May, she wrote in Time what her experience has been like. “Every day, I am afraid to leave my room. Even seeing people who look remotely like my rapist scares me. Last semester I was working in the dark room in the photography department. Though my rapist wasn’t in my class, he asked permission from his teacher to come and work in the dark room during my class time. I started crying and hyperventilating. As long as he’s on campus with me, he can continue to harass me.”

Her protest is simple act of carrying around a twin-sized dorm mattress similar to the one on which she was attacked. She intends to carry it “for as long as I attend the same school as my rapist.”

Sexual assault and rape are serious issues on college campuses. It’s not a growing trend, but rather a trend that is gaining much more attention that it has in years past. Hopefully, with the added attention, victims may finally get the justice they deserve.

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Students Invent Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

Even if you’ve never been to a party or bar, I bet you know their number one rule: Never leave your drink unattended. There’s also its cousin, never accept a drink from someone if you didn’t see them make it. Why all the rules?

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In the United States, 18 percent of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s nearly one in five. Often, the assaults are facilitated by the use of date rape drugs. These include Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

Problem is, these drugs can be difficult to detect, and up to now, no one has figured out a reliable, and discreet, way to check for them and still maintain your drink. That may change with a new idea from four undergraduates at NC State University. They’re developing a nail polish, Undercover Colors, which changes colors in the presence of common date rape drugs.

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How to Be a Better Freshman

Freshman year is a big deal. You’re experiencing and encountering so many new things at once, and they all seem like make it or break it situations. However, you can relax knowing that while everything seems like a huge deal, in the long run, most things aren’t. By following some simple tips, you’ll be navigating your first year of college so well; people may think you’re a sophomore!

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DO create some distance; DON’T be a stranger
For many incoming freshmen, this is the first time they’ve been away from home. No matter the distance, if you’re living on campus instead of at home, it’s going to be an adjustment. Establish some sense of independence while living in the dorms. Instead of calling the parents every time you can’t figure out laundry, roommate problems or homework, try working it out on your own or asking someone on your floor.

Of course, don’t ignore your family completely. Check in periodically and share how you’re doing. Try to visit at least a few times a semester. You’ll be surprised to find how much those conversations and visits mean after being away for a while.

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Looking for a Party? We’ve Got Your Biggest and Tamest Party School Rankings

As students are heading back to campus this fall, at least some of them have only one thing on their minds: Where’s the next party? If they’re headed to UC Santa Barbara, they probably won’t have to look too hard to find it. However, if they attend Liberty University, a party is going to be pretty hard to come by.

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Mike Simmons of eCollegeFinder created maps outlining the biggest party schools and the tamest party schools in each state after looking at the party data gathered by College Prowler. Each school was ranked on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the biggest and tamest party scene on the respective scales.

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Hookah’s Healthy Alternative Claims Go Up in Smoke

You may have heard that smoking hookah is better for you than smoking cigarettes. Turns out, it’s all in how you define “better.” A recent study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention indicates that smoking hookah, or water pipes, may be more dangerous than originally thought.

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Hookahs most often consist of a head connected to a water jar with a hose attached and a mouthpiece. Flavored tobacco is placed below burning charcoal in the head, and the resultant vapor is cooled then smoked. In the United States, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, studies indicate a significant increase in hookah smoking. This increase is especially evident in younger people. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 teens smoke hookah, and as many as 40 percent of U.S. college students report using a water pipe.

This increase is likely due to the popularly held belief that hookah are less harmful than cigarettes. However, the study results show otherwise.

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