That time of year is fast approaching. You are probably scrambling around, making sure you have everything you need before you head off to school. School supplies, dorm room decorations, books, and more can make packing very overwhelming. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when you are packing up for school.
1. You can . . . → Read More: High Ho! High Ho! It’s off to school we go!
Recently I was skimming through my copy of “The Freshman Survival Guide” and I stopped at chapter 8: Mental Health. This is such an important and often forgotten about part of you time at college.
When you first go to college, even if you live on campus, off campus, or commute you will feel some . . . → Read More: Mental Health and How to get help
Here are some common symptoms of college burnout.
1. Loss of Motivation
2. Continual Lack of Energy
3. Complete Boredom
4. Inability to Concentrate
Burnout is caused by several things. Sometimes we are too overworked by our jobs, our coursework or by our extracurricular involvement. As a history major, psychology minor, and . . . → Read More: Preventing College Burnout
This is something I used to do with my freshmen peer students in their first year seminar. I created a scavenger hunt list and asked them to go around and take a picture of a member of their team in front of/with/at the location or person. For each type of picture there were a certain . . . → Read More: Take a Picture–It’ll Last Longer
Granted some degrees require more education and that is perfectly fine. It is also fine to NOT have an idea of what you want to do in life because in reality, not many of us know what we want to do. So here are some helpful tips to try and make things a little bit . . . → Read More: How to NOT spend 6 years to get a 4 year degree
It may seem like a “duh” or “of course” but locking your door in a dorm seems to be a rare occurrence. If you are going to class, dining hall, bathroom, down the hall you should always lock your door.
Here are some real life stories that I have seen happen to people who have . . . → Read More: Advice: Lock your door!
The iRA blog is a similar supplement to the advice in The Freshman Survival Guide. Our team of iRAs will be updating the blog regularly by posting important tips and insights from their own experiences as well as answering your questions. . . . → Read More: The iRA (Interactive RA) blog is here!
One of the most important things to try and learn as a freshmen is how to be organized. In my experience, there are three things that have made my college career a big hit: a small or medium size pocket datebook with weekly and monthly pages, a large desk or wall monthly calendar, and a . . . → Read More: How to be an Organizational Wizard
So your RA may seem kind of lame for being an upper classman living in the dorm. They enforce the rules of the residence hall and may always seem to be in your business.
As an RA we are a great resource for the university and life in general. We have been in your shoes . . . → Read More: Your RA. We are real people too!
Here is a tip that should be stated before we begin: Classes in college are different than in high school. You may be saying “Well DUH, I knew that” but it needed to be said again. Here are 5 generic tips that can be used from semester to semester.
1. Don’t be intimidated by what . . . → Read More: How to survive the First Day of Classes
Hello All! My name is Megan and I am one of the Interactive RAs. I work at Ramapo College of New Jersey as a Resident Assistant. At Ramapo, there is a list of 100 things students should do before they graduate and some of them can be applied to any school.
So, here is my . . . → Read More: Top Ten Things Freshmen Should Do During Their First Year
The Office of Residential Life at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass is utilizing the Freshman Survival Guide to educate students on issues they may encounter during their first year at Assumption College. We are planning multiple intentional programs through the first four weeks that the first year students are here. We will use the . . . → Read More: Assumption College, Worcester, Ma