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Surviving College Life

Surviving College Life
A recent UCSD grad gives you an inside look at college life - dorms, roommates, finals, study tips, and how to get through it all.
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Smart Tips for Scheduling Your College Classes
2008-06-05 18:40:00
Setting up my class schedule always stressed me out-would I get the classes I wanted, at the times I wanted? Would I have time to get my homework done, and have a job? Here are my top 5 tips to make your class schedule the best it can be. (This might be ...
More About: College , Tips , Smart , Classes
Pre-med Basics: Getting Started with the MCAT
2008-06-02 19:24:00
There are few things pre-med students dread more than the MCAT (a.k.a. the Medical College Admissions Test), and too little preparation can make a big difference in your overall score. I almost feel like an expert on this topic since I’ve recently observed my husband prepare for and successfully take the MCAT. Here’s what ...
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Moving Back Home for Summer?
2008-05-29 18:46:00
Congratulations-you’ve finished (or are about to finish) a year of college! Planning on heading home for the summer? Dealing with Parents Every parent has a different reaction to watching their child go off to college-and an equally different reaction when they come back home for the summer. However Mom or Dad deals, it’s best for ...
More About: Summer , Home , Moving , Back
What?s the Difference Between Student Loan Types?
2008-05-27 19:07:00
The Pay for College Blog just posted an article about how hundreds of students received bad loan checks from their private student loan company, Astrive. This mistake on Astrive’s part has meant lots of students have gone without loan funds to pay for college-AND they’ve had to pay fees for the bounced checks! This incident ...
More About: Student , Loan , Types , Difference
More College Cooking on the Cheap: Chefs & Soups
2008-05-20 18:19:00
My food options were few my freshman year-mostly because (a) I was broke and (b) I didn’t have a car. That meant breakfast, lunch, and dinner were either the cafeteria or something microwavable I could buy on campus (so, macaroni or soup in a cup). Once my roommates and I got into a place with ...
More About: Cooking , College , Soups , Cheap
Review: 101 Health and Wellness Tips for College Students
2008-05-15 23:18:00
It’s hard to balance your health with a busy college lifestyle, but if you’ve ever tried to study for a midterm with a cold, you probably know that the value of your health increases as your life gets busier! My few experiences with being very sick in college prompted posts about what to do if you ...
More About: Health , College , Students , Tips , Review
Last Minute ?DIY Gifts for Mom? Mother?s Day Roundup!
2008-05-10 01:27:00
Mother’s Day is Sunday-do you have an armful of flowers, cards, and gifts ready? If not, don’t worry! I’ve got quite a few DIY gift ideas for Mom, so start clicking through (or check out my “DIY Gifts for the Ladies on your List” post from November) and see what you can get ...
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Study Tips: Memory Tricks to Remember What You Study
2008-05-05 17:51:00
Sometimes flashcards and rewriting notes will get you through a test, but for those trickier questions-orders of occurrence, lists of amino acids, etc.-mnemonic devices can be the key to making info stay in your head for the long term. Here are a few ideas, and remember, the sillier you make these, the more memorable ...
More About: Study , Memory , Tips , Tricks
Fast, Easy, Cheap: Breakfast Recipes for College
2008-05-02 18:47:00
Usually I just eat cereal & milk for breakfast, but on the weekend-or sometimes even for dinner-it’s fun to cook a bigger breakfast. Here are some fast, easy, and-most importantly-INEXPENSIVE breakfasts you can eat any time of day: French Toast Cost: less than $1 (for 4 slices) Ingredients: 4 slices of wheat bread 1 large egg 2T milk syrup Note: You can ...
More About: Recipes , College , Breakfast , Fast , Cheap
How to Set Your First Budget
2008-04-10 17:47:00
Ah, budgeting-possibly one of the least exciting things about moving off to college-but usually one of the most necessary! It’s completely normal to feel confused or even frustrated by the idea of having to juggle all the bills that Mom or Dad once handled themselves. The easiest way to tackle them all at once, and ...
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Do I Need to Have a Minor or Double Major?
2008-04-08 19:15:00
It’s hard enough choosing a major yourself, and now people are talking to you about a minor or worse-a double major! As if one major isn’t hard enough work! But do you need a double major-or even a minor-to be competitive? Is it going to affect your future, your career, your chances? Double Major s Double majors are a good fit for a select few students, but you are definitely not expected to take on two majors. It will not look “bad” if you only have one major! Clearly, doubling up on majors means a lot of extra work. My personal feelings on this-knowing people who have both double-majored and who have stuck with just one major-is that you should major in something you are passionate about, and focus your energy there. You’re going to spend the majority of your college career focused on whatever field you choose to major in, so if you feel equally, deeply passionate about two things, then a double major might be a good fit for you. If not, don&rsquo...
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10 Secrets to Getting the Best Deal on a New Car
2008-03-27 17:00:00
It has been a little over two years since I wrote a check for my first car payment–I bought it the summer before my junior year of college, and because of some hard work (and the help of a trade-in) I was able to keep the payment low enough that I could afford it even ...
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Your Résumé-Writing Questions Answered
2008-03-25 18:03:00
  Now that you know the basics of résumé writing, let me fill you in on some of the most common questions college students have about them.  (And don’t forget, you can download the sample résumé at the end of this post!) How Long Should it Be? A good resume will be only about 1-2 pages.  There is ...
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How to Write a Basic, Easy Resume
2008-03-20 16:58:00
It’s hard to know how to start a resume when you haven’t had a lot of job experience. Luckily, there are some handy tips and tricks that can help you make your resume look healthy even if you haven’t had a lot of jobs. Check out the steps below, and you’ll have your own resume ...
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OEDB?s 100 Ways Your iPod Can Help You Learn
2008-03-18 00:32:00
You take your iPod with you everywhere anyway-why not put it to work? The Online Education Database has compiled a list of 100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn . Though it gets a little repetitive (there is some overlap between the categories) there are still a surprising number of resources I was ...
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Note-Taking Tips Part 2: What to Write
2008-03-11 17:02:00
You can’t copy down an entire lecture, word-for-word. If you did, you probably wouldn’t be able to focus on the content; you’d be much too busy trying to get all the words down. That’s why it’s important to know which information to keep, and which to let go. Drawings, Diagrams, and Charts. If you’re a ...
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Note-Taking Tips Part 1: Keeping Your Notes Organized
2008-03-06 19:56:00
Note-taking is one of those critical skills most people don’t really learn in high school. Here are a few basic tips that will help you get a handle on the note-taking process–and help you out when its time to cram later! Class, Date and Time. You might think writing the class/date/time at the top of your notes ...
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Weird College Laundry: Dry-cleaning, Hand-Washing & More
2008-03-03 17:53:00
Here’s my college laundry confession: my freshman year, I had a hard time figuring out how to turn on the dryer. Really. I’d been doing laundry for years at home, but my mom’s dryer was different than the one at school, and I couldn’t get it to turn on! I felt so ...
More About: Weird , College , Laundry , Cleaning , Hand
Fast, Easy Meals & Snacks on a College Budget
2008-02-26 00:06:00
It’s not easy being on a budget and enjoying a yummy, easy-to-make meal. The secret to eating well (and healthy!) without spending much is eating at home-once you start heading out for fast food, your costs can really skyrocket. But if you’re new to the cooking game (as a lot of college students are) you probably ...
More About: College , Snacks , Budget , Fast , Easy
Bosses Facebook, Too: Keeping Your Online Persona Employable
2008-02-15 01:38:00
Have you ever googled yourself, just to see what would come up? Well, you might not be the only one. A few months ago I read an article about how a LiveJournal blog kept one student from being admitted to Reed College in Portland. I looked a little further into it, and found out ...
More About: Online , Facebook , Persona
Preparing for Med School Early: a Pre-Med Student?s Guide
2008-02-11 17:48:00
There’s a lot more to applying for med school than just picking out a major with “Pre-Med” attached to it. Good Grades Start Now. I’m sure you know that your grades are a big deal if you’re applying to med school, so don’t be tempted to give in to too many parties or late-nights when ...
More About: Student , School , Med school , Guide , Early
My Roommate is Sick, Now What?
2008-02-07 19:54:00
Nothing puts a strain on your relationship with your roommate like a continuous hacking cough disrupting precious hours of sleep time. Here?s what you should do if your roommate gets sick. What to Do for Your Roommate Chances are your first response to a sick roommate is more focused on you than on him or her. ...
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How to Get Free Food in College
2008-02-05 18:38:00
Honestly, even though I’ve graduated, I still get pretty excited about a free meal. I’m starting to think that feeling never really goes away. So, whether you actually need to get food for free to stay in budget, or you just want a good free-slice-of-pizza pick-me-up, here are a few ways you can ...
More About: Food , College , Free
3 Easy Ways to Build Your Credit Score
2008-01-31 18:38:00
Now that you know what a credit score is, it’s time to figure out how you can make yours stronger. The nice thing about credit scores is that they’re pretty easy to build–it really doesn’t take a lot of effort on your part. Here are a couple of ways you can build your credit. Open ...
More About: Credit , Score , Easy , Build
50 Ways to Save Money in College!!!
2008-01-28 22:27:00
Finding college a little more expensive than you expected? Check out these tips to help you save cash during the college years?I?ve used a lot of them myself (and now that I?m paying of student loans, I?m finding even more!) School & Textbooks 1. Try to get a tuition discount. (Fox College ...
More About: Money , Save Money , Save
Finally, Affordable Help with How to Fill Out the FAFSA: My FAFSA Assistant
2008-01-16 21:55:00
Who else hates spending hours on the FAFSA every year, just to try to get some financial aid?!? I always dread it (especially since my mom always made me do it all by myself!). In case you haven?t heard of it, the ?FAFSA? is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the form you ...
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For Love or Money: How to Choose a College Major
2008-01-07 20:18:00
A lot of people thought it was a bad move when I declared a Literature/Writing major. Really. Only my parents understood it-it seemed like everybody else responded with a quip about how I “probably wanted to wait tables or serve hamburgers for a living!” No, I didn’t! Honestly, I wasn’t sure if it ...
More About: Love , Money , College , Choose , Major
Five College New Year?s Resolutions That Don?t Involve the Gym!
2008-01-03 18:44:00
It’s the same thing every year–somehow I always make resolutions that I can’t (or, okay, don’t) follow through with (like the infamous “Go to the gym 5x a week!!!”). I do like having the opportunity to start over, though, especially on the school front, so here are a few college goals that you CAN ...
More About: New Year , College , Year , Resolutions
What is a Credit Score (and Why Should You Care)?
2007-12-28 00:05:00
Chances are you don?t know your credit score. In fact, a lot of students our age don?t even know what a credit score is?or how it can affect their future. Scroll down through this credit score quick guide to make sure you?re up on your credit info: What is a Credit Score ? A credit ...
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Five College Relationship Mistakes you Might be Making
2007-12-20 17:44:00
You probably don?t know that I got married when I was 21, just before starting my senior year of college (unless you?ve made it to my About page). That said, I have to admit that I had a lot of ?ups and downs? dating during college?I made a lot of mistakes, went ...
More About: College , Relationship , Stakes , Mista
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