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Socializing Key for High School to College Transition

The next couple of weeks are typically bittersweet for high school seniors. On one hand, you are about to leave friends and family in your journey for scholastic excellence. On the other hand, you are about to enter into a whole new ballgame. This coming transition is one that will shape the rest of your life. But don’t be afraid, college is something that should be experienced not only for educational prosperity, but for social reasons as well.college-graduation

When I graduated high school, I chose to leave all of my friends behind. While they all chose to attend the Texas Tech University, I went to the University of Oklahoma, where I knew three people… tops. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, the first two weeks were rough, but I dedicated myself to making a new group of friends, and I did just that. I joined clubs and organizations, volunteered around the school and met new people everywhere I went. Read the rest of this entry »



Financial Aid Needed for MTV’s ‘College Life’

A failing economy doesn’t mean less shows on TV, maybe just less quality. In an attempt to cut production costs on its new “College Life,” MTV has nixed the camera and sound crew. Instead, the cast of the network’s new reality show each has their own $500 camera, and no training. The behind-the-scenes editorial team is still in place, making moments like an exchange between a girl consoling an upset friend where the camera is sat down only to capture their butts more engaging.mtv-college-life

The cast of eight co-eds, four girls and four guys, share an insightful look at their college experience on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. They are all freshman, except for Josh the sophomore. The show filmed in fall 2008 at the start of their school year. In tonight’s premiere (April 13, 10:30pm EST/PST), they introduce their varied backgrounds and we get a feel for how they each fit the role of a typical college student. There’s the virgin, the drinker, the scholarship recipient, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »



The 30 Best New Year’s Resolutions for Students

Hey, students, are you looking for some New Year’s resolutions to kick off 2009?  The trouble with resolutions is this: people make resolutions that are either too big, too vague, or too unrealistic.  Instead, it’s helpful to find some small, realistic, and specific goals that truly can be accomplished.

As a student, set your goals realistically.  Stay away from “I’m going to get a 4.0 next semester!” if you’re having trouble maintaining a 2.5.  And be specific.  Vague goals like, “I’m going to study more!” are terrific, but how much more?

Here are some realistic and specific New Year’s Resolutions for college students.  Pick and choose the ones that may help you — or use this as a guide to find manageable, realistic steps you can take to becoming a better students.

  1. Study five more hours a week
  2. Complete at least 50 percent more of the readings.
  3. Proofread all of your papers more carefully. Read the rest of this entry »


Wordless Wednesday: College

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Avoid College Life Drama

Here’s a basic college life tip for you: avoid drama! Trust me. As someone who taught college for 14 years, I saw how miserable many of my students got about situations that just weren’t worth their energy. And looking back on my own college years, I seriously cringe when I think about the ridiculous soap operas I found myself a part of—none of which were the least bit important in the grand scheme of things.

College friendships are awesome, especially if you live on campus or are involved in campus activities. These friendships can last you a lifetime. Two of my closest friends from college were in my wedding, and I really do feel that I can tell these two people anything.

On the downside, though, college friendships can be way too intense because you spend so much time together, and often live together in a dorm or an apartment as well. There’s so much stress in the life of a typical college student, and it tends to spill out to your social life as well.

So how do you avoid college drama? Well, you can’t entirely, but here are some tips to help. First of all, keep things in perspective. Assure yourself that ten years from now, or two years from now, or even next month, the drama of the week is not going to matter. Yes, it may hurt an incredible amount that your ex is now dating a friend of yours who lives down the hall. Yes, you may be justifiably furious that a so-called friend has told everyone something you wanted to keep secret. But take a deep breath and remind yourself of all the more important things in your life—and don’t focus on these things. They’ll fade away eventually—and will fade away faster if you focus your energy on other things.

Second, avoid drama by refusing to take on anybody else’s. Yes, if a friend wants to cry on your shoulder about her conflict with someone else, listen. Offer sympathy and take her out for ice cream or a margarita. But don’t get involved with trying to “fix” things, and don’t take sides. And if you find yourself in a friendship where the drama just doesn’t seem to stop, maybe this is a friend you shouldn’t spend too much time with.

In addition, a good way to avoid drama is to refuse to gossip. Sure, a little gossip is okay, especially if it isn’t the mean kind. But spreading secrets and saying nasty things behind people’s back will come back to haunt you—especially if you’re in a close-knit friendship group or if you live in a dorm.

One of my best friends from college and I lost contact with each other because of a bunch of dramatic gibberish that I don’t even fully remember. We got back in contact last year, thank goodness. Value your college friendships, and don’t let dramatic nonsense get in the way. It’s not worth it.





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