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Your College Life Survival Kit

Categories: College Life
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You have begun another year at college, or perhaps this is the first one! Most people would agree that while learning more about your major and being closer to your field is an incredibly rewarding experience, it’s life outside of academics that really makes these days some of the best of your life! To ensure that this semester meets that tall order, you may want to have these things as part of your survival kit.

Free Time

In order for you to enjoy everything college has to offer, you’re going to need to invest some of your time in things other than your academics and trips home. There are clubs and activities to take part in and new friends to meet. You just need to have the time to venture out!

A Good Friend

If all of your good friends are at home, you’re going to need one in college! This is the person you will rant to when your professor adds two pages to the requirements for the paper you have already written. This will be the person who, when something ridiculous happens on your way to class, you cannot wait to tell him or her. Having someone to share your experiences with on campus will be crucial to your college life!

A Set of Personal Guidelines

While college is certainly the place to try new things and explore new ideas, most people with open minds still have some personal rules they would rather not break for one reason or another. Familiarize yourself with what some of these rules might be. There will be situations where these personal guidelines are challenged, and you don’t want to find yourself in an uncomfortable position.

A Taste for Interior Decorating

If you ever want to feel like college is your home, you’re going to need to spice up your dorm room a little bit. Cute, artsy wall decals, a poster of your favorite sports team, a giant TV, or a couple of plants will all help you to feel comfortable with where you’re living. You will also want to include photos of family members and friends back home. When the holidays come around, feel free to decorate for those, too!

The Ability to Put Your Needs First

Part of becoming an independent adult in college is being able to decide for yourself when it’s time to focus on academics, when it’s time to party, and when you’re better off curling up in your bed and reading a book, Friday night or not! You might have a friend who doesn’t care one bit about schoolwork and wants to hang out 24/7. You’re going to need the ability to say no when you have a cold or a test the next day. Doing so will make college life yours and nobody else’s.

Counseling Center Information

Sometimes, the drama in college life is too much for any one person to handle. Even if you never use it, it helps to have the counseling center information on hand. Know the number, and where it’s located, just in case.

10 Colleges with the Most Student Activists

Do you stand for something? Or have you ever sat-in for something?

Do you vote in every election? Are you probably going to make a run to be the youngest mayor ever in the tri-county region?

Have you ever taken residence in a tree for three and a half days so that “the man” wouldn’t cut it down?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions in our makeshift “Are you a student activist” test, then you would probably enjoy going to any of the colleges mentioned in the list below.

This 10 colleges with the most student activists list comes from the Daily Beast, and was developed based on “strictness” of the college (the more strict, the less activism), overall political knowledge and culture of the student bodies, as well as number of registered organizations on campus as a percentage of the undergraduate population.

The 10 top schools for student activists are:

1. Swarthmore College

2. University of Chicago

3. Brown University

4. Claremont McKenna College 

5. Pitzer College

6. Wesleyan University

7. Princeton University

8. Pomona College

9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10. Mount Holyoke College 

Are you an activist for any cause? Would you want to go to a school with a lot of student activists?

How Much Are Your Favorite College Movies Actually Like College?

Categories: College Life

We’ve been getting a lot of questions on our Facebook page like this one:

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You have a good idea about what it takes to apply to college–the research, the ACT or SAT, the campus visits, the interview, the essay, and so much more. You’ve already even discovered your perfect college match.

Now what you’re wondering is what college will actually be like when you get there. What’s it like actually living on campus, going to classes, and college parties? Is college life really like what it’s like in the movies?

We’ve taken a balanced sampling of different kinds of movies based in and around college life and rated them on how truthful they are when it comes to a real students’ college experiences.

Closeness to actual college life ratings will be ranked 1-10, 1 being not close at all, 10 being on the money.

The Social Network
The Social Network’s protagonist, or Mark Zuckerberg, went to Harvard–one of the most elite colleges in the nation let alone world. That already brings its likeness to real college life down since most college students in the world do not find themselves at one of the most prestigious institutions in the world surrounded by friends making $300,000 over summer break betting on oil futures.

The tagline for David Fincher’s chronicle of how Facebook was founded is, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Lucky for you, you will make new friends in college, just not 500 million, and hopefully not a set of athletic twins who want to sue you.

Closeness to actual college life rating: 3

Legally Blonde
Elle Woods is the sorority princess of her Southern California university. The Greek life enthusiasm is not too far fetched–you will come across college campuses with a very Greek-oriented student body; however, you won’t necessarily come across a sorority house as beautiful and equipped as the one Elle lives in. Exercise machines, expensive furniture, ginormous singles.

It’s also kinda difficult to decide last minute to go to law school and get into Harvard Law–difficult, yes. But not impossible.

Closeness to actual college life rating: 4

Rudy
Have you ever dreamed of playing Notre Dame football so badly that you quit your job at the steel mill, took on a part-time job on the grounds-keeping staff, got tutored by a friend in exchange for helping him get a date, and eventually fully transferring to Notre Dame, overcoming all odds and playing on the football team?

Yes? Then this movie is probably exactly what your college experience is like.

No? Then, uh, Rudy is probably a far-fetched realization of college life.

Closeness to actual college life rating: 3

Animal House
Take the Legally Blonde sorority house, subtract all the niceties, add a lot of horrible smells, holes in walls, and way too many housing code infractions, and you’ll get the Delta Tau Chi house in Animal House.

Yes, you will find the occasional toga party on a college campus, but the likeliness that not only the president of your rival house has a vendetta against you but the dean of your college does too is slim to none…hopefully.

Closeness to actual college life rating: 4

Accepted
So maybe you didn’t get into your dream college. It happens. But when that happened did you decide to just, ya know, make your own college? Did your innocent scheme take a shady turn when hundreds of other rejected students enrolled in your college leading to a big legal brouhaha but ultimately gaining the elusive approval of your highly respected father?

I didn’t think so…

Closeness to actual college life rating: 2

What’s did you/do you expect college to be like? Share you thoughts! Leave a comment below.