A Major Decision

You are heading off to college, or maybe returning, and you still haven’t declared a major.  You may not even have anything close to an idea of what it’s going to be. You are not alone! Certainly some students begin college with a firm sense of their career ambitions and have known exactly what their major would be for years. But the reality is, many more students aren’t nearly as committed to specific goals. The fact is, there is no need to force a decision about a major very early in … [Read more...]


Meeting Your Professors: First Impressions Count

RHL - College Professors

This week in our Gearing Up For Freshman Year summer blog series especially for Freshman, we’re going to cover an important topic that is useful for ALL students returning to class: How to make a good first impression on your professors. First impressions really DO count, and making a good one can lend to making your relationships with your teachers more productive for both of you. Each September, teachers greet a new batch of students for the first time, and some have been doing so for … [Read more...]


5 Ways Technology Has Changed Education

New technologies—everything from smart boards to smart phones—have transformed education from both the students’ and instructors’ perspectives.  These powerful tools have enhanced communication, research, literacy, etc…and continue to impact the way students learn.  As students continue to rely upon technology, their mastery of these tools becomes evident even at early ages allowing them to build the technical experience they will need when they enter the work world.  The following … [Read more...]


Protect Your Laptop

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A student's laptop computer in college serves as their life line. Any problem with their laptop could pose a catastrophic detour to their studying. Whether they're using their laptop to surf the net, study, type term papers or connect with friends and family, a laptop to a student is a crucial accessory. And- with an accessory as important as a laptop, you need to make sure to thoroughly protect it both inside - and out. Since laptops are so fragile, it's important to first protect it … [Read more...]


5 Tips For Answering Writing Prompts

Ever since the 5th grade, I can remember having worksheets handed out with hypothetical situations such as: "If Sara has 9 apples, how many would she have left over if she gave two of them away??" The problem with this? Well, it didn't really matter if you answered with the correct amount of apples, because if you didn't answer the writing prompt with complete sentences you'd still get deducted points. It took me up until about 9th grade to start reciting the question at the beginning of … [Read more...]


Struggling With An Issue? Here’s How To Approach Your Professor

Regardless of what many students think, professors don't roll their eyes at EVERY excuse. Yes, there are many times where students goof off in class, repeatedly show up late/leave early, and don't turn in their work on time, if at all. In those cases, professors have every right to roll their eyes at a student who comes in saying they couldn't finish their assignment because their car broke down, the sky fell, or their favorite - the dog made a 3 course meal out of their report. But, here's … [Read more...]


Biggest Exam of Your Life? Here’s How to Prepare

Spring Break is so close you can practically taste it (if you're not on it already). With that taste of freedom also comes Midterms. And - let's be honest, every exam feels like the biggest exam of your life. Why? Because they're all equally as stressful to study for. Regardless of the topic or how well you know the material, there's always fear of the unknown: what if you get random test anxiety and blank out during the test? What if your pencil breaks and there isn't a sharpener in sight? What … [Read more...]