What I Learned My Freshman Year of College

Most People, especially incoming freshmen students, tend to think of college and its process as a scary ordeal. The transition into college may seem daunting and you might be apprehensive about which college to attend. However, once you make that decision and are comfortable with it, the rest falls into place. College begins to look like a next step in life instead of a scary place.     During my freshman year at Farmingdale State College, I learned that some of my wor...
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Four Ways to Maintain a Healthy Body While in College

  College is very stressful on its own, and keeping a healthy lifestyle can seem complicated. When your body is stressed and tired you are more likely to become sick faster. That is why it is good to try to stay stress free, or keep a healthy body. I will give you four tips on how to keep your body healthy while stress hits you in college.     First tip is to try your best to work out. Now, you don't have to go crazy and work out at the gym seven days a week. Start...
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Why You Should Take a Creative Writing Class

As a Professional Communications major, I learn how to to prepare a variety of written documents. I am expected to explore the writings of others, re-word sentences for easier understanding, and use proper vocabulary and grammar. I have taken a variety of writing courses within this major that have opened my mind to how media is written for the general populous. My favorite courses I have taken are Creative Writing (EGL 216) and Fiction Writing (PCM 346). These classes were very rewardin...
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Suicide Prevention & Awareness

All too often you come across a headline along the lines of “College Student Committed Suicide.” Sadly, at this time in our lives, most can relate to the article in some way. Since the 1950s, suicide rates among young adults, ages 15-24, have tripled. It is the second most common cause of death in this age group. The numbers are especially high among college students. With 6% of undergraduates and 4% of graduates who have seriously considered an attempt to end their life. 1.5 out of every 100...
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High School v. College

Education gives us knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better. It gives us new perspectives and opinions on life. The two most essential forms of education are taught in high school and college. They are different, but both intend to further students’ knowledge. Some factors include, but aren’t limited to, the classes, teachers, students, and the responsibilities presented. 1. Responsibilities The transition into college plays a big role in responsibilities. In hig...
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Awesome Academic Websites for Students

The responsibilities of a student can be a handful. At the end of the day, we’re stuck in the juggling act of our studies, families, and relaxation. Luckily, there are many websites that can assist us when we need that extra bit of help.   1. Purdue OWL and Citation Machine Purdue OWL was originally used by Purdue University as its Online Writing Lab. It is now used by high schools and colleges nationwide. It has tips for citing just about any source you can think of. It also gives g...
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5 Tips & Tricks for Surviving Your Freshman Year

When making the transition from high school to college, things can get quite confusing and overwhelming. College is a very different experience from high school, and it’s important that students start off on the right foot. Here are 5 tips and tricks every student should know, and that I wish I had known when I started my freshman year at Farmingdale State College. 1.) Go to the campus at least 1 week ahead before school starts to see where your classes are located. By doing this, you will s...
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Healthy Eating Options on Campus

It’s very easy to make healthy eating choices on campus. Farmingdale has so much to offer. Let me tell you a little secret about me. I follow a plant-based diet. This means that I don’t eat meat, eggs, or dairy. I’ve been doing this for health/ethical reasons for the last three months and I’ve never been more satisfied, despite the seemingly limited options. If you have certain dietary restrictions, don’t worry! There is always a way to make it work. When I first came to Farmingdale as a Fres...
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Changing Majors

Going into college, many young people are confused and are not ready to decide what they want to do for the future. I was one of those people. Coming into Farmingdale, I wanted to major in Criminal Justice and go into Forensics. Forensics was what really caught my interest and was a job I could definitely see myself doing. Now I am a Bioscience major in my sophomore year hoping go to med school one day. It is hard, but I learned to have faith in myself and go for my dreams. I always wanted to be...
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The College Student Balance: A Guide to Working, Taking Classes, and Still Having Time for Yourself

The first semester of college right out of high school can be truly overwhelming. You’re just now learning how much time you have to devote to your studies and you may be wondering if other areas of your life are going to be affected. When I started college here at Farmingdale, I was an at-home tutor who worked seven hours a week. Into my third semester, I quit my job as a tutor and became a direct support professional. My workload tripled and my free time was almost non-existent. A year later, ...
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