Surviving College

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The college experience is one you’ll never forget. You meet new people from many different backgrounds; have new, exciting and fulfilling experiences; you get to study what you love or explore what you want to study; and you’ll have a LOT more freedom and independence. All of these things compounded will make for an amazing journey, but beware! If you don’t find the right balance between studying, a social life, maintaining relationships, and taking time for yourself things can quickly spira...

Tips on Being a Student-Athlete and a Full-Time Student

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Being a full-time student is already a major commitment that requires a ton of dedication, focus, and time. So, why on earth would you want to be a student-athlete? On top of that, go to practice six days a week, completing homework, plus everything else important a college student should be overthinking and over-worrying about? Because you have an abundant amount of love and passion for your sport, that’s why. Your passion for sports and your commitment to school will get you through the...

How to Make a Good First Impression with Professors and Get to Know Them Well

Have you ever heard “You never get a second chance to make a great first impression”? If yes, that quote is right. When you first meet people, their impression forms instantly based on the visual cues your face and body provide. They then go on to try to guess your age. The final cue to the impression you make on others is provided by your appearance and how attractive they judge you to be. You may be asking how does that apply to professors? How do I make a good first impression with profes...

Effective Ways to Use a Planner

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Have you ever gone into a stationary store and seen planners for sale? Have you noticed the prices? They are quite pricey, in my opinion. Many times before I saw the prices and wondered why they were so expensive. Before I began college, I never had used a planner and said that I was not going to pay over $20 for a planner. Well, that changed when I started to have a busy life. I saw that I wasn't able to manage my time wisely, and decided to invest in a planner. The first planner I bought w...

It’s the Little Things…

It can be a daunting experience when you set foot on campus grounds for the first time. You’re probably going to be in sensory overload for the remainder of the day. You’ll see fellow students who you’ve never met or recognize, shuffling to their first classes. You’ll probably pay a visit to one of the campus’ map markers or ask someone for directions. You’ll feel a different air in one of our pristine buildings, a breeze you’re not quite used to. Some of you will feel anxious, a handful of ...

How to Find and Explore your Passions in College

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Upon high school graduation, the most common pieces of advice you will receive from parents, teachers, and older siblings, in regard to college, is that “You get out of it what you put into it.” Going on my second semester in college, this admonition could not be more correct. Time is an intimidating principle. It is easy to find yourself lost in due dates, exams, and homework, where you may find yourself forgetting what it is all working towards. Everyone has goals and ambitions; however, i...

Ways to Save Money on College Textbooks

College students spend a lot of money on college textbooks that they are only going to use for a semester or two. Do not pay full price for textbooks unless it is absolutely necessary. Searching for the right textbook can be costly and time consuming. Here are couple ways you can save on these expensive textbooks. When you start looking for textbooks, my advice is avoid the bookstore at all cost and check out all your other options first. The school bookstore is usually pricey, but they c...

What It Feels Like to Be Graduating

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The exciting moment is almost here, graduation! It’s the day I have dreamed of since I started Farmingdale. There are so many emotions going through my mind. I am excited to be graduating. I get to experience working a job for the rest of my life. At the same time, I am nervous. I do not know what the future will have in store for me. Time flew by for me here at Farmingdale. My experience here has been great! I made many new friends and got to experience living independently. However, I w...

From Habit to Behavior

What to do when it seems like time is running out? Is that essay you were putting off finally due tomorrow? Is that application that is finally due, now hours away from the deadline? It is easy to forget things or put things off due to procrastination. Procrastination is something we all deal with no matter the age. It is that “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I still have time” vibe. When in reality it’s not case. Although some say   procrastination is a good trait, it is not. Procrastination ha...

Advice from Your Future Professors

I remember stepping foot onto a college campus for the first time, unsure of how I was expected to interact with my professors. In high school, teachers treat us like minors and tell us what to do. We need permission to get a drink, use the restroom, and say something during class time. In college, however, we are no longer minors and more responsibility is given to us and expected. In college, absences no longer result in a phone call home, and it is our job to make sure we get to class on ...