Mar
30

Time is Flying…Wait, No! It Stopped!

College Classroom

I love the realization that I only have 45 minutes of lecture left. It's like finding out that there' s free food at the required staff meetings for the student newspaper. The knowledge that I only have 45 minutes left inspires me. Suddenly, the class is the most interesting lecture I have ever attended. I become a better student, dutifully jotting down every word my professor says as if I will be graded on my ability to take good notes. I become detailed and painfully thorough, and I … [Read more...]

Mar
30

Check your Facts: Tips on Research

Research Paper Tips

Researching a college paper can be a daunting task. Chances are you’ll need to find scholarly sources for your paper, so you can’t just type your question into Google, click on the first response, and summarize the explanation. Instead, you’ll need to conduct a thorough review of trust-worthy and reliable sources (which, does not include Wikipedia).  Here are some tips to help you get started on your research. 1 - What do you want to Know? The first step in any research project, is … [Read more...]

Mar
29

Working With a Random Group of Strangers

Study Group

Group projects are a balancing act. Every student has an assigned role, a task that they must complete, and if one student steps out of line it all unravels. That’s why randomly assigned group projects are a true joy. At the onset of the project you’re working with students you know nothing about. You don’t know their weakness or their strengths, and you can’t predict how well your group will work together. Yet still, you have to trust each student. After all, every student involved … [Read more...]

Mar
28

The Best Pranks

Harvard Yale Prank

April first is just around the corner; too bad it's on a Sunday though. You'll have to get creative with your timing if you plan to prank your classmates. Just remember that you've got some pretty big shoes to fill. Here are some of the best college pranks. Harvard vs. Yale - 2004 In order to pull off this prank, several Yale students donned Harvard Pep Squad t-shirts, and spent the first quarter rallying Harvard fans. Carefully the disguised pep squad passed out 1800 sheets of … [Read more...]

Mar
27

Changing Your Major? Act Now

changing your major

Switching your major isn't a big deal.  Universities don't expect students to stick to the decisions they made as a young student, and they encourage students to find a major that they are genuinely interested in. Changing your major can actually be a really good thing. But that doesn't mean that it's easy. In fact, changing your major can be one of the most difficult, scary, and expensive tasks that you undertake as an underclassman, especially if you don't do it right. Don't Wait Even … [Read more...]

Mar
27

Has Class Really Been Canceled?

College Class Canceled

CLASS IS CANCELED! CHECK SYLLABUS FOR READING! This was the note my friend, Emily, found on the door of her English classroom last year. Delighted to have 2 free hours, she dashed back to her dorm and snuggled beneath the covers for a few extra hours of precious sleep. She didn’t think twice about the canceled class, and she didn’t question the validity of a note posted on the door. Why should she? Happy April Fool’s Day! Poor Emily was one of only a few students that actually … [Read more...]

Mar
26

Lets Get Outta Here: 5 Reasons to Withdraw

students_studying_outside

Rumor has it that a W on your transcript is an irreparable blight. Withdrawing from just one class damages your chances of ever getting hired or making it into grad school, but that's not necessarily true. One or two withdrawals probably won’t make a difference. As long as you don't withdraw from a class ever semester you'll probably be okay, especially if you have a good reason. Your GPA is in Serious Danger If you have serious plans to attend graduate school, law school, or … [Read more...]