Interactive Ra Blog

Pre-College Jitters-You Are Not Alone!

Fa-la-la-la-la-la tis the season. Everyone is going back to school and most of you are going to college.  Whether you are going to college out of state, transferring, or commuting..

How to say Goodbye to Family and Friends

As you go away to college in the next few weeks saying goodbye to your family friends can be the hardest part of leaving.   These are the people who made..

Having “The Talk”

I don’t mean THAT talk, although chances are parents will try and squeeze in a refresher on that subject before you depart for college. Everyone is different but sending a..

OMG books cost what???

Tips and tricks from a college senior So college books are REALLY expensive. If you have not figured this out by now…whoa. There are many options out there for college’s..

How to survive the First Day of Classes

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..

Your RA. We are real people too!

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..

How to be an Organizational Wizard

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The iRA (Interactive RA) blog is here!

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..

Advice: Lock your door!

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How to NOT spend 6 years to get a 4 year degree

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..

Take a Picture–It’ll Last Longer

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..

Preventing College Burnout

Here are some common symptoms of college burnout. 1. Loss of Motivation 2. Continual Lack of Energy 3. Complete Boredom 4. Inability to Concentrate 5. Detachment   Burnout is caused..

Mental Health and How to get help

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..

High Ho! High Ho! It’s off to school we go!

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,..

Thinking about going Greek?

For many of us, there is a stereotypical view of what your college experience should be like. For some, this includes becoming a member of the Greek Life community at their school...

Preparing for college

  It is now August and most of you are preparing to start classes in just a few short weeks and a little over a month for those on the..

Get Movin’ and Groovin’!

So bear with me on the title. I know “movin’ and groovin’” doesn’t sound all that appealing but it will really help you out in the long run. At my..

Summer Reading-Does it really matter?

In high school, a lot of people waited until the last minute to read their summer reading books. Then again, there were times where I even have procrastinated in doing..