Buckle up! It’s time to head off to college! The first year, moving into your dorm can be scary and overwhelming, but by senior year you’ll be able to do it with your eyes closed! One important way to prepare for your future room is to get in touch with your roommate. Most colleges email . . . → Read More: Move-In Day is Almost Here!
Do you know how to sell yourself professionally on paper? If not you should. Having a resume is a critical piece of your professional success. The resume is the first step in securing a position. It is best practice to keep an updated resume on hand. You never know when an opportunity will present itself. . . . → Read More: Who are you professionally?
The summer can be a great time for you to learn life skills that seem to fall by the wayside in the midst of classes, hectic exam schedules, and student jobs. Now is the perfect opportunity for you to ask your parents for advice on all the tasks you might not already know how to . . . → Read More: Now Enrolled: Life Skills 101
Schools out for the summer! It is a wonderful feeling and the best time to relax and recuperate after successfully completing two semesters. The summertime is the best time to begin or continue fitness routines. You do not have time constraints between classes, assignments to focus on, and meetings to attend. Taking time for yourself . . . → Read More: Summertime Fitness
Returning home for the summer after being away at college for an entire year can be a challenging transition. You are back in your parents’ home, but you’ve become used to making your own decisions and not having to be accountable to anyone about where you are or what you’re doing. Your parents, however, probably . . . → Read More: You, Your Parents, and Surviving Summer
It’s almost here-Summer break! The long awaited break from all those books, papers, and classes is just around the corner. As tempting as it may be to kick back and relax all summer long, you’ll probably find that after a week or two doing nothing gets really boring. This is why summer can actually be . . . → Read More: School’s (almost) Out
Coming together to live as one sounds like a great love story, right? Well this is actually the tale of two roommates coming together to peacefully live under one roof. You will encounter people from all walks of life and varying backgrounds. When two people come together and begin to share parts of your world . . . → Read More: Mine, Yours, Ours
The Spring semester is drawing near and now is the time when final assignments, take home exams, and the dreaded group projects are now due. Working alone can be great, because you can do things on your own at your own pace and on your own time. There is no one to discuss thoughts and . . . → Read More: Finals are coming, Finals are coming, Finals are coming!!!!
It’s that time of year to start thinking about housing plans for next year! Are you going to live on campus or off campus? Do you have a friend in mind to live with, or are you searching for a new roommate? This is the perfect time to start making decisions about next year, especially . . . → Read More: Choosing a Roommate 101
Safety on Campus is a reoccurring topic. In the days of school shootings, sexual assaults, and viral fighting videos school safety has never been more of a concern. When things go wrong and incidents occur, fingers are pointed and everyone wants to know who is responsible. The truth is campus safety begins with each student. . . . → Read More: Safety is up to you
Spring Break 2015 is almost here, and it seems like everyone you know is headed to the beach, back home, or some other epic trip. If you aren’t planning to travel, staying on your campus can feel isolating and like there is nothing to do. Campus is deserted, all your friends are gone, and for . . . → Read More: Making the Most of Spring Break on Campus
College is not all about the books and learning in the classroom. College is really about learning from various life experiences and taking in all that college has to offer. Last month we challenged you in our January 11th blog, to make short and long term goals to explore what your campus has to offer. . . . → Read More: Don’t forget the FUN!
If you’re like many college students, the second month of school is when the money crisis really starts to hit. The Christmas money is running out and Spring Break is just around the corner. Never fear-there are some great apps and some tips that will help you save money and keep a budget for the . . . → Read More: Budgeting 101: Saving and Spending
It is a new year and a new semester. It is around this time of year when resolutions are brewing and there is an openness to change. What better time to introduce yourself to something new that you have not tried at the university. Last semester is done and in the books. This semester think . . . → Read More: Why Not Try Something New
At this point, you’ve probably been home for Winter Break for at least a little while. Take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back-you made it halfway! Now you just have to weather moving into the new year, returning to school, and all those pesky questions about what you’re doing with your life, . . . → Read More: Holiday Edition Q&A: Navigating “those” Questions
As you enter the home stretch of the first semester, you may feel a little out of touch with your faith. Your campus will offer a host of options for you to stay in touch for your faith. If you do not have a faith based, the campus will offer a plethora of options for . . . → Read More: Staying Spiritually Connected
The time is drawing near and it is time to finalize roommate requests for the upcoming year. Choosing a roommate wisely will help you avoid a lot of unnecessary frustration and drama throughout the school year. There are several things to consider when selecting a roommate: are you friends, are you in the same major, . . . → Read More: Friends as Roomies
Summer is officially in full swing. It is now time to soak up some sun and save up some funds. Summer is a great time to work as much as you can and also save as much as you can for the upcoming semester. There apart are two challenges of the summer job; finding the . . . → Read More: Work Now, Play Later
School is out and the first few days at home are great! Your parents are happy to have you home and you are enjoying taking a break from classes. As the weeks go on, the patience of you and your parents will be challenged. It is important to understand where the both of you stand . . . → Read More: School is out for the Summer
The summer is finally here!!! Making it through your first year is a major accomplishment and although you still have a ways to go, take pride in what you have accomplished thus far. Summer is a great time to rest and rejuvenate for the next year. This is a great time to reflect on the . . . → Read More: Summer Time is Prep Time
Easter is fast approaching and is usually a time when students head back home to continue with their families holiday tradition(s). If students cannot make it home, this is a time when they will attempt to find a local church or attend service on campus (if one is available). If you have gotten away from . . . → Read More: What to Believe
You may think that flu season is gone, but don’t be too sure. Allergies and colds can still come around, even as the nice weather comes back. Don’t forget to check in with the health center on campus if you feel you’re getting sick. Getting enough sleep and eating enough during the day will help . . . → Read More: Physical Health
Now that the weather is starting to get better, and the semester seems to be nearing its end, it is easy to think that we have everything figured out. It is extremely hard to get out of the funk we may have had when winter hit us all hard. The work seems to never end, . . . → Read More: Mental Health
I could sit here and write a huge blog on the importance of having a good resume when looking for summer jobs and internships, but I’m not. I could post my resume and say “these are the things you NEED to do in order to get your resume noticed”, but that won’t help you either. . . . → Read More: Resume Tips
Midterms are finishing up and it is time sit back and do nothing right? Wrong! Spring Break is a great time to recharge, but it also a great time to explore, serve, and learn. Thoughtfully plan out your Spring Break, be intentional about how you choose to spend your time. You can accomplish so much . . . → Read More: Spring or Break
One of the “side effects” of college is being exposed to things that you may not have been exposed to previously. It is also a chance for you to gain interest in things that you may not have previously had an interest. Your campus will offer a variety programs and activities. You should challenge yourself . . . → Read More: Got Culture?
Campus safety should be a concern of everyone; parents, administration, and most importantly you the students. Safety is one thing that cannot be guaranteed. The university and university housing department will take precautions and attempt to mitigate risks and hazards. It is also the responsibility of the student to make sure they are implementing safety . . . → Read More: Safety and You
Some simple rules about Campus Safety.
1. ALWAYS lock your doors.
2. Lock up your possessions, like your laptop, and don’t leave them unattended.
3. Feel free to contact your campus safety if you do not feel safe walking alone.
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Is your workload too much? By this point in the semester, it may be too late to drop a class, HOWEVER that doesn’t mean that you can’t fix it. You can always withdraw or take an incomplete. There are always other semesters and time to take classes. Your advisor is always there for you. Don’t . . . → Read More: Did you bite off more than you can chew?
February is a great time to review your current load. You have been to class, taken a look the syllabus, and possibly completed an assignment or had a quiz. Now is time to reflect on your progress in your currently enrolled classes. If you think that the material may be too much for you to . . . → Read More: To Drop or Not to Drop
The Spring semester is now (or soon) underway. This is the perfect time to get a fresh start if things did not go the way you hoped during the Fall semester. This is also a good time to get more involved and add to your resume. Being successful in college will require involvement in and . . . → Read More: Balance. The key to success
As most colleges and universities Greek Life will be starting, or have started, their Spring recruitment, it is important to keep in mind some aspects about going Greek or not going Greek in college. I asked some of my friends what they thought about pros and cons were about going greek. These stories are from . . . → Read More: Go GRΣΣK or Not?
Everyone chooses their own path in life. Some of us have known what we have wanted to do in life since the age of 3 or 4. Others of us have had some trouble figuring it out. Let me tell you a secret—IT’S OKAY!!! I have been out of college for 2 years now, and . . . → Read More: Starting Fresh
Happy New Year! 2014 will be a great year-you’ll be finishing up your Freshman year of COLLEGE!! That is an exciting thought, but also a little scary. What if you didn’t do so well in the last semester? Here are some tips to help you make good New Year’s Resolutions for the upcoming semester.
1. . . . → Read More: New Year, New You
Do you ever look at your wallet one day and think “WOW-I have a lot of money this week” and then 3 days later you’re broke? It happens all the time, and then we think to ourselves, “WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY GO?”
There are some easy ways to keep track of where your finances . . . → Read More: Budgeting Your $$$$$
College social life is not all about the wild parties that can occur. There are other ways to have fun. Here are some easy, fun and cost-friendly ways to have fun:
1. Movie Night-Invite some friends to your room and ask friends to bring some movies over. Then, have a fun time eating pizza and . . . → Read More: Social Life–to party or not to party?
It the most wonderful time of the year….or is it? Thanksgiving and Christmas are great times to go home, take time away from school, and to refocus. Going home is a great time to reconnect with friends from high school and enjoy new friends you have met over the semester. Home is also a time . . . → Read More: Home for the Holidays
It’s that time of year when we start to think about the courses we will take in the Spring semester. It is important to indulge your own interests in college too. My biggest tip for course selection is this: see if ANY of your courses can DOUBLE COUNT for two requirements. The biggest regret a . . . → Read More: Course Selection
It is almost Thanksgiving time; which means you have survived more than half of the first semester, midterms, and homecoming. By now, you and your roommate should have a good understanding for each other’s preferred lifestyle. For some your relationship is one that is great, while for others you may be at your breaking point. . . . → Read More: Maybe it wasn’t meant to be
Welcome back to the iRA blog! Hopefully this semester has been a great one, so far. College classes can, and usually are, a lot different from high school courses. Just like high school, your professors want you to succeed! If you grades have not been what you expected, utilize your professors office hours. All professors . . . → Read More: Mid-Semester Check -In
Well I have about one week before I move back into the dorm for my last year as a RA. I cannot believe I have been in college for almost six years and a RA for five of them. I guess you could say that I have been around the Res Ed block a time . . . → Read More: Advice to Freshman from an Experienced RA
Final exams are quickly approaching. Hopefully you wont have to cram the last 14 weeks of information into your brain. However you study, or whatever type of final exam you have, here are some tips to help you prepare for exams.
1. Check out the Freshman Survival Guide’s Study Budget to help you figure out . . . → Read More: Finals Study Tips
Many of you may not have declared a major yet, and that is okay. It may seem harder to plan what classes you’ll want to take for next fall when you are unsure of your degree, but that’s when you can focus on your general education requirements. If you have a major declared, it is a little . . . → Read More: Is it Sophomore year already?
It is almost the end of the first year. For some this has been a great learning experience, a time for growth, and self-discovery. For some this has been a time of trial and error. Whichever path you took consider giving back to the next group of freshmen about to join the college ranks. There . . . → Read More: Giving back to freshmen
When you are trying to figure out where to live for your upcoming year, you may not realize it, but you are making one of the biggest and most important decisions of your upcoming year. As you approach the end of your freshman year, you have started out on a new path of independence that . . . → Read More: Where to Live?!
It is now almost a month into the Spring semester, for new roommates the honeymoon phase is nearing the end, and for continuing roommates you getting back into the swing of things. By now, you should have a good understanding for each other’s preferred lifestyle. For some this may be working out perfectly, while for . . . → Read More: Roomies
Love is in the air, because tomorrow is February 14th! Valentine’s Day! The Day of Love! … or Single’s Awareness Day! Or to the more counterbalanced individuals among us, it may just be Thursday! Regardless of the holiday you find yourself celebrating tomorrow and who you are celebrating it with, be it a boyfriend, girlfriend, . . . → Read More: Love Advice from Our Favorite Winged Archer
It is currently February. You have been back to school for about a month and you have probably already taken your first exam. If you are like me you are ready for a break, spring break. Spring break is known as a March/April mid-semester break. This maybe a time for you to catch up on . . . → Read More: Spring Break Ideas
Let’s start out the new year with a story, shall we?
Once upon a time, there was a recent high school graduate going away to his first semester of college at a university. His orientation day went great, and he signed up for all general education classes for his first semester. Come second semester, . . . → Read More: A Major Dilemma
Congrats you made it through the first semester of college and it is time to go home. If you went home during Thanksgiving, your transition at Winter Break may come easy. If you did not go home for Thanksgiving, there will be a few things for you to consider.
For the last few months you . . . → Read More: Winter Break
That’s right. FINALS.
Finals will always be the hardest time of the semester for students because you have term papers to write, tests to study for, projects to create, speeches to memorize, Power Points to recite, the list is seemingly never ending!
Now, I certainly wish I could list off ways to make . . . → Read More: The “F” Word
Managing your money in college is a cardinal life skill that is borderline essential to learn and master during your years in college as, just like so many skills and lessons in college, it will carry with you after you have graduated from college and have stepped out into the real world . . . → Read More: Operation C.O.U.P.O.N.
Yes; it is hard to believe it is one week until Thanksgiving. For some students this is the first time you will return home since leaving in August/September. Some of may have new body art, new vocabulary, or even a new outlook on life. Your family will remember who you were when you left and . . . → Read More: Going Home
You are now about two months into your first semester at school. By now, I am sure someone has caught your attention or perhaps you have been on a few dates. Dating in college is much different than dating in high school. In college you do not have parents to monitor your relationships, you do . . . → Read More: When dating think about?
Alcohol in college- it is prevalent theme in about 98% of any college movie. Epic parties every weekend, tons of beer and alcohol, shots, and hangovers. While movies tend to sometimes over-exaggerate what college is like, alcohol in college is a real issue that, chances are, you will encounter at some point in your college . . . → Read More: Sober Sundays, Wasted Wednesdays, and Everything In-between
As you continue to grow professionally and personally, you will start to realize the importance of giving back to the community where you live and where you come from. Giving back does not have to be a long labor intensive project, but every little bit helps and counts. There are offices on campus dedicated to . . . → Read More: 75 Ways to give back
Academics serve as a big part of college life, but extracurricular activities also account for a major part of college life as well. As a student you want to aim to have a well-rounded college experience. Too much emphasis on academics may not give enough attention to developing social skills and too much emphasis on . . . → Read More: To Join or not to Join? That is the question!
Most semesters have started already, but there are still things you can do to prepare for the first weeks of class.
1. INVEST IN A PLANNER/CALENDAR–Write down ALL of the due dates (in pencil-so it is easier to change). You then have the opportunity to plan your own mini-deadlines for big projects.
2. WRITE DOWN . . . → Read More: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Dear Class of 2016,
This is the time to explore yourself and figure out exactly who you are. This is a time where you will be meeting all kinds of new people that look, act, and live a completely different life from you. Do not shy away from these different people. Open yourself up to . . . → Read More: Dear Class of 2016,
The time has come and school is starting soon. Here are some tips to start your year off right. Before you arrive: Do everything you can to prepare for school. Try not to wait until the last minute and make the most of your final weeks at home. Be sure to review all of the . . . → Read More: Going to school and getting adjusted
When you’re buying things for college, it can be easy to over buy. I’m not saying you should move in with NOTHING, but be careful what you get. Make sure you check your college website to see what is allowed and prohibited in your dorms. Here are some staples of college dorm life:
Pillows–Don’t go . . . → Read More: Do I REALLY need 20 pillows?
In about a month you, a college freshman, will be leaving home and moving to college and living in the dorm. Dorm life can be the best experience of you college career or it can be a nightmare. Whether you live 5 minutes or 5 hours from home there is one thing you will be . . . → Read More: Roomie Love
Soon after arriving on campus, many freshmen realize they need real help in making a smooth transition to college life. In researching The Freshman Survival Guide, it became clear that some students didn’t feel comfortable approaching their local resident assistant on staff for any number of reasons (e.g. their issues felt too personal and they were embarrassed, they were afraid of getting in trouble, they simply didn’t like their RA etc). While we believe it is best for students, in general, to avail themselves of their local support staff, we also realized that it could be helpful for some students to have the option of contacting an experienced RA anonymously with some of their more delicate issues. The Interactive RA (iRA) is our attempt to bridge that gap. . . . → Read More: We’re looking for a few good RAs
It’s hard to think about taking summer courses while we want to relax. However, taking summer classes may work toward your benefit. At my alma mater, the amount of credits you had helped you register for your courses and housing. Working can also work towards your benefit, allowing you to make money to use during . . . → Read More: Figuring out your summer plans
As you have finished your first year as a college student, I’m sure you’ve picked up tips and tricks along the way. Becoming a mentor to new freshmen would be a great way to pass along your knowledge.
See if your college has some sort of peer facilitation or orientation leadership program. These are great ways to . . . → Read More: Mentoring Freshmen as a Sophomore
The semester is winding down, finals are here, and summer is lurking nearby. These are normally good signs as it indicates you have made it to the end of the semester/quarter and for most you’ve made it to the end of the year.
Sophomore year is a chance to do-over and redo the things . . . → Read More: The end is near….
I see dollar signs. As we wrap up the final few weeks of the Spring semester, most people think of finals, moving out of the residence halls, scheduling classes for next semester, graduation, and summer fun. I agree I too think of these things but with all of these changes comes the idea of MONEY!!!!
As students . . . → Read More: $$$
You’re probably thinking to yourself–WHY DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT MY RESUME? I’M ONLY A FRESHMAN! See, it’s better to start early and continuously work on it, versus rushing as a senior and forgetting what you’ve done in college.
As a freshman, unless you are applying for a full internship, don’t worry about a resume setup . . . → Read More: Start Early with your Resume–It’ll save you time!
Midterms of the Spring semester have begun or will begin soon. This is a clear indication that the school year is coming to a close. Now is the perfect time to start considering your living arrangements for next year. There are a number of things to consider.
What is your current living arrangement? Are you . . . → Read More: Onward and upward
It’s the end of the month of February. I know as a senior, I’m battling senioritis. This is especially hard because I have less than the minimum amount of credits this semester, so I have A LOT of free time. How do I battle procrastination? In my case, I try to read ahead for my . . . → Read More: Let’s Check in…
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened
February is nationally known as the month for love. What started during the Roman Empire as a way for young men to find their maidens has evolved into a $15 billion dollar industry. Valentine’s Day is a great way to celebrate . . . → Read More: Valentine’s Day is for Who?
So you’re involved on campus and you’re doing well academically. How else can you make an impact? Well, you can start getting involved in the greater community. Here are some easy ways to get involved.
1. Volunteer at a local nursing home, homeless shelter, YMCA, etc. Many of these places enjoy volunteers to come in . . . → Read More: Getting Involved in Your Community
As most colleges and universities Greek Life will be starting, or have started, their Spring recruitment, it is important to keep in mind some aspects about going Greek or not going Greek in college. I asked some of my friends what they thought about pros and cons were about going greek. These stories are from . . . → Read More: Go GRΣΣK or Not to Go Greek, That is the Question.
It is the start of a new year and if you live anywhere north then it is pretty darn cold outside; this is also the time when people are feeling a bit blue and may need some cheering up. So here are a few pointers for battling the Winter Blues:
Exercise- Getting to the gym, . . . → Read More: How to Beat the Winter Blues
Uh Oh. It’s Flu season! Staying healthy at any point in life is extremely important, but getting sick in college can really affect you. Getting the flu means missing school, not being able to hang out with friends, and the overall feeling of being ill. To say it’s no good is an understatement, but there . . . → Read More: Flu Season Is Here!
You are almost one week into the new year and can now officially say you made it through your first semester and by now you should be reflecting on your grades. For some, all of the hard work has paid off and you are basking in the glory of your achievement. For some, you are . . . → Read More: New Semester…New You!!!
Finally the day has come…the end of the first semester! Congrats you made it through the first of many semesters. Now what… well now it is time to go home. The only problem is you are not the same person you were when your parents dropped you off at the beginning of the semester. For . . . → Read More: Going Home…A New You!
IT’S THE END OF THE SEMESTER ALREADY?! I STILL HAVE SO MUCH WORK TO DO!
We’ve all been there. No matter how hard we try to be productive, our best friend–procrastination always comes knocking at our door asking to play. How do we manage?
Check out this awesome link with 12 tips on aceing our . . . → Read More: Dealing with Finals and Holiday Stress
For most organizations, programming is probably done for the semester however, that doesn’t mean you can’t become involved for the spring. Attend an event or meeting hosted by the organization you want to become active in. Talk to a member on the E-board and see when the meetings will be and how you can become involved with . . . → Read More: Is it too late to get involved?!
Registration for the Spring semester may have already passed by, or could be approaching quickly. If you ask any upperclassman you know, or even us here on the iRA team, we could tell you numerous stories about registration scares and successes. I always seemed to get the classes I needed with no trouble. However, that . . . → Read More: Is it time to choose classes already?!
At this very moment you are probably indulging in leftovers from the holiday. While now is a good time to enjoy the break from school, this is also a good time for you to reflect on the semester. When you first arrived to campus you must have had some sort of expectations, a picture, or thoughts of what . . . → Read More: Where you want to be
Thanksgiving is next week…can you believe it?
Going home can be fun and relaxing, but it can also be stressful. Often times you can be pulled in many directions that going home can result in not being as enjoyable as you’d hoped. Mom and Dad want to spend time with you and see what you have . . . → Read More: Home for the Holidays
With the holidays arriving, everyone can imagine that feeling of being entirely way to stuffed with food, yet we all somehow mange to eat a piece of pie or have a dish of ice cream. Sometimes, our college lives can get just as packed as our holiday stomachs. From personal experience, I have always had the . . . → Read More: I’m so FULL…taking TOO much on your plate
Are you still undecided and more than half way through your first semester of college? You’re not alone! It is OKAY to be unsure during the first part of your college career. Many students end up changing their majors several times. Many students even graduate with a completely different degree than when they started. I . . . → Read More: Undecided Major?
Sometimes we begin friendships in college and suddenly they seem to be falling apart–always around the most stressful time of the semester too, mind you. So what do you do when your friend the hall stops saying yes to grab a meal and the guy from your Chemistry class stops wanting to study? REASSESS! It sounds . . . → Read More: But I thought you were my friend!?!?!?!
Halloween as a college student is no longer the cute and sweet holiday you remember has a kid. Now it is about raunchy costumes and partying. So as a college senior and RA I am making a few suggustions on how to deal with this new aspect to a favorite holiday.
First ladies put some . . . → Read More: What Would Grandma Do?
Great news… you have survived the first weeks of college. This is a big feat to be proud of; some students have not made it this far and wished they had.
I encourage you to take an honest look at how you are progressing. Evaluate how you have been spending your time (too much or not enough socializing?), . . . → Read More: Halfway there….
Sometimes college can get really stressful. With full course loads, managing new friendships, old relationships with family and friends back home, dating, along with the various other aspects of college life, it’s no wonder that college aged students get stressed out. It’s something to keep our eyes out for. When we start to see the . . . → Read More: Don’t Fall Under Stress
Well September is finally at its end. You’ve made it through your first month (or so) of college! What are your reactions? Do you love it? Are you having difficulties?
Write your responses and we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
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You have now been an official college student for a few weeks now. There are several things suggested you try that have been mentioned throughout the book and our blog. Here is a checklist let’s see how far you have gotten and what still needs to be done.
____1. Get all of your books. You . . . → Read More: How are you progressing?