Things that will prepare you for college life

Things that will prepare you for college life   Going off to college may look as the most exciting chapter of your life. New friends, new city, and the completely new experience you will remember for the rest of life is all the college is about. Well, almost. College is not just about studying, partying, and exams – you have to prepare yourself for a life full of new responsibilities that you will have to do on your own.

College rules

Every college is unique when it comes to the things you can bring along with you in your dorm. You do not want to end up with a microwave that you are not allowed to bring into your room. You would not believe what items can get to a banned list. Even halogen lamps and power strips can be prohibited by your university. Therefore, before you move in, check the list of approved and prohibited stuff, or simply ask some of the students that are already attending the university. They will know best.

The closet space

Do not underestimate the clothes storage space, because you will end up with wardrobe you have nowhere to put. The necessities are the only thing you actually need. Therefore, ask around before you move in, whether the college facility is inexpensive and easy as most of them are. We live in a modern day, and a high-tech laundry service can text you once your laundry is washed and dried.

The room mate

People you make friends with at college usually stay your friends for the rest of your life. However, that does not have to be the case with a room mate you end up at first semester in college. Even though in most cases you would be best friends, it can be uncomfortable if you end up not liking each other that much. If you do not manage to work through your differences, you can always try to look for a different type of student accommodation. However, considering there will be plenty activities you will be involved in during your academic career, chances are you will not even have to be in the same room, unless when you are both asleep.

Look for the good food place

There is nothing like experiencing the campus food. Various dining options are included in many colleges, so try all of them out in the first semester. The college’s website is the great place for finding vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food, alongside some of the best restaurant that have food of various cuisines. College towns are usually the places of the best food choices, and delicious meals, so make sure you go outside the campus and research more.

Dirty dishes nightmare

You know how you have always left the dirty dishes for your mom to wash. Well, this will not be the case anymore. Make sure you wash every dirty plate, glass, utensil or anything that needs to be washed right away. The bigger the pile, the more work there will be for you. You do not want to end up with a sink full of dishes that is the best place for annoying cockroaches to appear.

Do not procrastinate

If you have been a procrastinator back in high school, you will have to leave the bad habit, as soon as possible. The term papers, mid-term exams and final exams are closer than you think, and the sooner you start to study the easier it will be for you to pass all of the exams. Do not play the episode of your favourite show in the background while you are doing your homework, because you will end up watching the show instead of writing the task. Avoid You Tube videos before starting to write a seminar paper, because it will only turn into watching make-up tutorials, the newest video of your favourite singer, or the behind the scenes video of your favourite movie. Things will not get done that way. These are some of my golden rules of freshman year in college. The rest of them you can certainly be found on your own, once you start going to college. Everyone’s college experience is different and unique, so make sure you have the best one. Follow these suggestions, and I hope that your college life can be less complicated, more fun and full of great memories. Author: Diana Smith

How to move out for the first time?

How to move out for the first time?
How to move out for the first time? Congratulations on your first move! Whether you’re heading off to college, starting a new job, or simply getting your independence for the first time, moving out of your family home is a huge step. Moving out doesn’t have to be stressful and scary. With a few quick hints, you can make your move with ease. Grab your boxes and read on to find out how. You might be nervous to make the big move, but we’re here to help with five tips. Enlist your friends Moving is easier with a few extra hands. You might need help with heavy furniture, so find a few buddies for extra strength. Look through your contacts for a friend with a truck or trailer if your vehicle is too small for all your possessions. If you don’t have a bigger vehicle, just use everyone’s cars at once so you don’t end up making more than one trip. Settle your finances You’ll need to pay rent and utility bills in your new place so make sure you’re financially secure by requesting a credit report and checking your savings through your bank. Put aside money from your paychecks for food, clothing, and entertainment and make sure you’re ready for that monthly rent bill. If you are going to need your own transportation make sure you are practical about your needs. Students might be able to use buses and train passes while starting a new job might require a new car. Look at used options at places like the Autobank of Kansas City and get a good loan you can pay back quickly. Decide what you really need Don’t start your new move with too much stuff. When packing, consider making three boxes at a time for things to throw away, donate, and keep. You should also check your new place to see if it comes with furnishing and appliances such as a microwave or vacuum to save money and space with your move. To store or not to store If you’ve lived at home for a long time, chances are you own a lot of possessions. You may need to look into storage options if you can’t bear to part with your belongings. Ask your parents or friends if you can use their space as well since extra closets won’t cost you as much as a storage locker. Join the community Moving far away? To save yourself from loneliness, look into community events in the area. If you’re moving to an apartment, make friends with your neighbors who can even help with any emergencies. If you’re moving into a dorm, talk to your fellow students about activities that you’re interested in. You don’t want to feel adrift in your new place so make an effort to make friends and get more involved. Hopefully these tips will help you with your first move. It’s most important you feel comfortable and secure before moving out. Give yourself a pat on the back for asserting your independence, and moving out will be a breeze. Brooke Chaplan

Tips to search and compare online colleges



  When a student looks for an online college to get a degree or masters, he or she needs to look at different aspects of the colleges that are important before joining a particular programme. Sometimes joining the first online college that you find may result in not getting a proper degree, being scammed and the worst possible scenario which is not getting a job due to the degree you may hold. In this process a lot of money and time is wasted. Here are a few useful suggestions that can be employed to choosing the right online college to join.
  1. Credentials:
Does the particular college have the basic educational standards required to function and give you a degree is very crucial in choosing an online college. If they don’t have the basic requirements then it is a waste of time joining these institutions because the degree that is given will not be recognised in today’s work environment. Continue reading “Tips to search and compare online colleges”

How to save your parents money on college tuition?


How to save your parents money on college tuition?

Going to college is becoming more and more expensive every, single year. While many students can rely on their parents to help out with education costs, many students don’t want to stretch that help farther than necessary. Fortunately there are a lot of ways for students to save their parents money when it comes time to cover their college costs. Continue reading “How to save your parents money on college tuition?”

Colleges’ crisis today

What is the problem with colleges today? While the United States is chock full of plenty of excellent colleges and prestigious universities, many of these are highly selective, making them more and more difficult to get into. Then, there are those colleges that are struggling to be filled with students. Exploring this crisis in better detail can help gain more understanding of it. In the spring of 2013, 2.3 percent of college student enrollments dropped versus the number one year earlier in the spring of 2012. In the 2010 to 2011 time period, there were 3.4 million high school graduates in the United States. The estimated number of graduates for 2013 to 2014 is 3.2 million. Across the nation, there are 446 colleges that still have space available for students in the 2012 to 2013 freshman class or for those who could transfer. Statistics are taken from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. There are also only 20 percent of students who get accepted to private colleges and universities at this point in time in comparison to the one third who were accepted five years ago. One third of all schools expect to see a hike in tuition or a drop in revenue from it as a result of the declining number of students who are enrolling in them. Four year public colleges saw a decline in enrollment of four percent from the fall of 2010 to spring 2011, of 5.7 percent from fall 2011 to the spring of 2012 and of six percent from the fall of 2012 through the spring of 2013. Additionally, at least half of all colleges expect to see a decline in the enrollment of students who will attend on a full time basis. The age of college students is also dropping in spite of over a decade of a sharp growth. This is largely due to the number of Americans turning 18 reaching its peak in 2009. The decline is projected to continue on through 2016. However, many adults who chose to go back to school during the recent recession have since returned to work as the economic recovery occurred. There has been a shocking 1,120 percent increase in college tuition and fees since 1978. Schools that have been hit hard in particular include the University of Arizona with a 110 percent increase, the University of Hawaii, which saw a 108 percent increase, Arizona State University and the University of Washington – Seattle with 107 percent increases and Georgia Tech with a 105 percent tuition increase. These and other schools have seen such great increases in tuition and fees due to the sizes of the college administrations and costs thereof rising.

Colleges' crisis today

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6 Ways for college students to relieve stress

6 Ways for college students to relieve stress College can be a stressful time for students wherever they may be. Not only are you becoming an adult and taking on some large responsibilities, you are also exposed to all sorts of peer pressure and newly found freedom. Finding a way to handle that pressure and get rid of stress is essential. This article will provide six tips for getting rid of stress while in college. Continue reading “6 Ways for college students to relieve stress”

College ranking breakdown

In 1948, U.S. News & World Report was a magazine reporting on politics, economics and education across the world. Today, the organization is known mostly for its college ranking system, an annual report that compares universities across America. Despite criticism, the report is used throughout the world as the definitive guide to U.S. higher education. The U.S. News & World Report splits colleges into four separate categories and then compares schools within the ranks. Regional universities and colleges are further split into geographical areas, but national universities and liberal arts colleges compete against schools throughout the country. Within each category, one college is declared the best and every other school is compared to that particular college. The report uses seven different criteria to compare schools, ranging from the university’s reputation to class sizes and incoming test scores for freshman. Alumni giving, financial spending on students and graduation rates are also considered. While some factors are subjective, most are based on data that is shown to users of the report. Source: The College Consensus College ranking breakdown
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Surviving high school guide for teens

[three_fourth]Surviving high school guide for teens As a parent of a child moving up into high school it is only natural for you to feel a little bit sad, a tad anxious and excitement. If the parents feel this way just imagine what it’s like for the child. Can you remember your experiences and emotions from your own high school years? If you have a child who is off to the big school or have a teen who might be struggling to cope use this guide and share some useful advice that may just give them some extra confidence. Continue reading “Surviving high school guide for teens”

Three things to look for when searching for an MBA Program

Three things to look for when searching for an MBA Program An MBA degree (a master’s degree in business administration) can be a big stepping stone to a more rewarding career. Not only are MBA holders generally more satisfied with their jobs than the typical employee, but an MBA degree often leads to larger salaries. What could be better than working in a field you enjoy while collecting a bigger paycheck than ever before? There are plenty of benefits to getting a master’s degree in business administration, so if you’re not thrilled with the progress of your current career and you’re looking to shake things up a bit and re-route your path in life from dead-end job to successful living, consider applying to an MBA program. However, not all MBA programs are created equal. It’s imperative to choose a college or university that will offer what you need, so be sure to take your time and research your options before attending. Below are three things to look for as you seek out a worthy MBA program. Continue reading “Three things to look for when searching for an MBA Program”