Thursday, October 28, 2010

What You Should Consider Before Going To College

Oh the things I wish I had considered before going to college. Technical school, opening my own business, figuring out exactly what I wanted major in; the list goes on and on. To be quite honest though, the biggest thing I wish I’d considered in my pre-college decision making was if college was even right for me in the first place.

Most of you out there are probably like I was and have been so inundated with the idea of having to go to college to be successful, that it almost doesn’t seem like a decision at all -- more like a necessity.

Half-way through my college career, however, I began to feel like I might could have done without. But by that time I was so far in that stopping and moving on would not only feel like a failure to me, but to my family as well. It would turn into a wasted investment of both time and money -- and I didn’t want that to happen, so I stayed.

Am I glad now that I continued on and got my degree? Yes! But I feel as though, especially considering the direction I am

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Importance of Internet Connectivity in College

The Internet has become way more than just a means to keep up with friends and find funny videos. When it comes to college, Internet connectivity has gone from “can do without” to “necessity” in just a few years. With many of the services that were once done in person are now online, Internet connectivity is a must have in order to get by.

With things such as:
  • online registration
  • online class support services like “BlackBoard”
  • final grade postings
  • emailing professors
  • updates on school and class cancelation
  • submitting assignments
...the need for the Internet as a student is undeniable and those without it are almost destined to be behind.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Supporting Your College Football Team As A Student

I say Football team, but many of these ideas can work with most any sport you like.

Dress Up
You can’t consider yourself a fanatic if you’re going to the game in just a team T-Shirt. Go ahead and paint yourself up or put on some crazy looking plastic jewelry! Have a good time with it! You may think you’re standing out and being weird, but I guarantee you’ll be seen as a hero.

Learn The Routine
Every team's fans have a way of going about cheering. There are certain cheers and chants you need to know in order to successfully support your team, including the "Fight Song" and the "Alma Mater". This fact goes out more towards the freshman reading this as well. If you’re heading to the game for the first time, ask whomever you’re going with if there are any chants and rituals you need to know before your first game. It might sound like a goofy question to ask, but it’s well worth doing to keep you from looking like a fool (a.k.a. a Freshman).

Monday, October 11, 2010

How NOT to Get Overextended at College! Guest Post For
The College Survival Handbook

Being Pulled In 10 Different Directions? Learn How To Say N-O!

It’s easy to feel overextended in college. A typical Bachelor’s degree only lasts four short years, and you want to immerse yourself in every experience and opportunity possible. You’re accepting invitations to join athletic teams, attend club meetings, campus student leadership opportunities, internships, campus and community service activities, and oh, you also have your college classes and homework! Saying “yes” to all of these invitations is easy, isn’t it? But when it comes to being an active part of each activity, well, that starts to get a lot more difficult as they all demand a portion of your time and energy. You want to give each interest

Thursday, October 7, 2010

7 People You Should Socialize With At College

The Jock
Hanging around The Jock is as good for your health as eating salads and drinking water. Along with maybe a few free tickets and the heads up on all the big parties, The Jocks’ overall healthy living is something you’ll want to pick up. So get off your lazy butt and do a little exercising with them. Being around their constant vigor to succeed might rub off on you.

The Greek
All the parties The Jock doesn’t know about, The Greek does. If someone’s having a party for their Grandmas 80th birthday and they’re getting a keg, The Greek can sniff it out like a bloodhound would an escaped convict. Another useful trait of The Greek is that they usually know who the easiest professors are from passed down knowledge by their Elder Greekers. So if your looking for an easy "A", The Greek can typically point you in the right direction.

The Foreigner
To bring in a fresh perspective on your life, The Foreigner is definitely worth having around. That status quo American mindset of yours is due a culture shake-up right about this time in your life. It’s certainly worth experiencing now when your mind is still young and malleable, than when you’re old and less receptive to others’ ideas.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How To Avoid Those Freshman 15

According to Dr. Edward R. Laskowski article on you need
“at least two hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (like a brisk walk or swimming) or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as running) – preferably spread throughout the week.” 
Dr. Laskowski goes on to say that doing strength training exercises (like weight lifting) twice a week is also recommended to stay healthy.

Advice like this is great but shouldn’t need be told to a spry 18 to 20 something year old. A college kid shouldn’t be sitting on their butt all day during the best years of their life. There are plenty of campus activities such as intramural sports, club events or random groups of people doing some sort of physical activity that you could easily join. So, stop sitting around stalking people on Facebook all day and start living a little.

Cut Back On Them Beers
There are 110 Calories in a single 12 oz. can of Bud Light. Let’s say you pound down 12 of those in one night at a party. Congratulations, you just sucked down 1,320 calories of brew. That is nearly the same amount of calories as 2 and a half Big Macs from McDonalds that you just consumed in a single night (no wonder you feel so crappy the next day). Its easy to lose oneself when throwing a couple back with friends, but keep in mind the toll your putting on your body when doing so and try and mediate the line between having a good time and hurting your body in the process.

Friday, October 1, 2010

6 Tips For When You're Sick At College

It's getting that time of the year again. With the changing of the seasons and temperatures dropping, it's getting harder and harder to stay healthy. So, if you've already caught one of the many bugs going around, here are a few tips to live by when dealing with it.

Drink Lots of Water
I know it's hard to drink water when all that beer is staring you in the face, but your just going to have to suck it up. Drink water....LOTS of water!! And definitely no alcohol! Alcoholic beverages are a liquid diuretic (means it makes you pee, not a liquid laxative) and will drain your body of vital fluids you're going to need in order to fight what ever it is that's inside you.

Go to the Infirmary
You're paying for it in your tuition, so you might as well go. Yes, it's going to suck getting out of bed and getting down there, but you (and probably your mother) need to know what you have and if you'll need some medication to get rid of it. It would suck if you had some sort of infection and didn't go to the doctor till a couple days later; then have to miss even more school while you're waiting for the meds to kick in.