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Healthy College Student Check-List

college girl sickAs with everything else in a college student’s life, staying healthy and avoiding downtime due to illness is entirely possible when you choose to make your health a priority. Everything from taking regular medications to scheduling check-ups should be on your calendar or to-do list. While it may seem like a waste of time, the days you don’t spend with the flu, a cold or worse will be the reward.

Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Whether you continue seeing your physicians at home, or make use of the campus health facility, seeing the eye doctor, dentist, gynecologist and others are important to do so on time. Read the rest of this entry »



Internships are More Important Than Ever for College Students

detroit internToday’s guest blog comes from Tarik B. Green, the Director of Marketing and Community Relations, and James C. D. Wahls, the President, of DetroitIntern.com, LLC, which operates the DetroitIntern Network, a national collection of regional sites that link students and young professionals to employers of all sizes.  Registration and all basic site services are free. See DetroitIntern Network at www.detroitintern.com.

architect internWith this tough economic market continuing to plague us, the importance of internships has risen dramatically for college students. These relatively short work experiences, many of which are unpaid, assist internship seekers beyond any monetary level. Internships enhance one’s resume and vital problem-solving skills. Students are able to apply critical thinking to real-life situations.

Internships provide college students a competitive edge in this tight economy. Because employers are embracing more conservative hiring practices as a result of the economic troubles, internships frequently serve as a direct entry into the workforce. If an employer is pleased with an intern’s work, upon graduation, that student may have a job offer waiting while others are starting their job search. Read the rest of this entry »



Coping with College Transition Stress

lost college studentEvery major change in your life is a stressor and requires adjustment, even the positive events. Transitioning from high school to college is an exciting time in your life. Whether you are going across town or across the country, there is a transition to living in a new place.

  • The adjustment will go more smoothly if you give yourself time to join your new community.
  • Give yourself a month or so before visiting home.
  • Keep in contact with people from home who will support you.
  • Don’t forget to participate in your new environment.

Some of the other ways you can embrace the new lifestyle include: Read the rest of this entry »



Pros and Cons of College Honors Courses

male college professorAs you might be learning, high school and college are not the same. The demands, class schedules, teacher relationships and self-discipline are all completely different, and really for the better.

The same can be said about honors courses in college, versus those you took in high school. Advanced placement, honors courses and even IB classes are all great ways to prepare yourself for college, add some impressive bullets to your college application and broaden your academic horizons as a teen. However, in college, they can sometimes be an unnecessary burden, or can make college an even richer experience – it simply depends on your goals, major and time availability.

A few things to consider before enrolling in college honors courses: Read the rest of this entry »



How to Stay Organized in College

student juggles timeWhether a college freshman or returning for what feels like your umpteenth semester, it’s important to start the year off with a plan to manage your schedule. The first few weeks might seem easy, a paper here, a book to read there, a few math problems here; but before long you’ll have 15 hours worth of papers, exams, required reading, class projects and more to keep track of, and that’s when problems begin.

There are probably as many ways to organize your schedule as there are college majors, so it’s important to find a method that suits your style and let it works for you. Whether it’s old school paper and pen, an iPhone app, a Google calendar or fancy leather-bound planner, make sure you have a scheduling method in place, and use it! Read the rest of this entry »



Adjusting to the College Transition

college freshmanGoing off to college inlists many feelings in just about every incoming college freshmen. We’re scared, but excited about what lies ahead of us. How can we be better prepared? Well, as someone who has already gone through the experience, let me give you a little advice.

First, everyone is in the same boat. Everyone is moving away from home, away from parents, friends they had in high school; so, everyone is on the same playing field.

The biggest adjustment for most people is the roommate situation. Going from your own room to a small room filled with two people, and all their stuff? Yeah, its hard. The best way I found to adjust is to be completely open with your new-found best friend. Read the rest of this entry »



Avoid Brain Drain on Summer Vacation

woman reading at beachWhen those last final exams are returned to the professors, college students head for home and they don’t look back. A year at college can be mentally taxing, and by the time summer appears on the horizon, everyone’s ready to put their brains on auto-pilot and coast through the break. While students are encouraged to get their much needed R&R over the summer, they’re also encouraged not to let all those new smarts vanish.

Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning has conducted much research on the summer learning gap, or summer learning loss, and found that students of all ages do in fact experience learning loss if they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer. Read the rest of this entry »



Common College Roommate Conflicts Resolved

Being a college roommate is not easy. If housing services “matches” you with someone you’re far from compatible with, you’re going to have to make the most of it. While you’ll likely find ways to be amicable and keep the peace while you’re in the room, conflicts are sure to arise.college roommate confrontation

You’re not at home and you can’t run to tell your parents. They can’t fix it. This is one of those times you’ll have to resolve the problem on your own. And hopefully your roommate is responsive to your polite and friendly suggestions for living peacefully under one concrete ceiling.

Here we take a look at a few common points of tension, and the best ways to fix them.

Neat Freak vs. Pack Rat

Everyone’s definition of clean will vary. You need to work together early in the relationship to define what that will look like in your room. Read the rest of this entry »



Common Dorm Space Mistakes that are Avoidable

As you start packing, shopping and preparing to move to the dorms in the next few weeks, remember the size of your room.

college moving dayThe average dorm room is about 12′ x 9′ for a total of 108 square feet. This is shared with a roommate, desks, beds, and likely a counter top or chest of drawers. Split in half, you can call 54 square feet of that space your very own home sweet home. For reference, the average jail cell is about 96 square feet.

Living in the dorms, in what feels like cramped space, for 75 percent of a year can give you a chance to stretch your creative decorating and organizational muscles. And regardless of how much space you do or don’t have, it’s an experience worth having. Read the rest of this entry »



How to Survive Your College Roommate

college roommates in dormDorm rooms across the country are beginning to fill with doe-eyed college freshmen and slightly jaded sophomores. It’s an exciting time, as for most students it’s the first address they’ve ever had that they didn’t share with their parents. You might have shared a room with your little brother or sister at home, but we promise you few people will take tattling seriously in your dorm if your roommate touches your stuff.

Living with a college roommate isn’t as bad as you might have heard or have imagined in your head, usually. Whether you and your dorm roommate are bound to be life-long friends, or counting the days until holiday break to get away from one another, we want to show you how to start off on the right foot. Read the rest of this entry »





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