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Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole in My Freshmen Year at Duke

Jessie Petrow-Cohen | Posted 11.02.2015 | College
Jessie Petrow-Cohen

Three weeks into school I had lost 17 pounds. At first, it wasn't a conscious decision to lose weight. I had no plans to reinvent myself or show the world a brand new (read: skinnier) me. It wasn't a conscious decision to stop eating meals; it just naturally became my college routine.

An Open Letter to My Little Sister in College

Kristen Coke | Posted 10.14.2015 | College
Kristen Coke

Sometimes you feel as if there is no way you can recover from something. But if you can accept that you can pick yourself up and maybe put back together some of the pieces, you will make it through.

Dear Parents, Before You Leave Your Kid At College

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2015 | College
Jennifer Wolfe

People ask me what it's like to leave your kid at college; they say they can't imagine the time when their now-little child will leave them. In the middle of naps and Cheerio snacks and sippy cups, they can't envision ever having their child not hanging all over them.

The Gift We Cannot Keep

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Laura Berman Fortgang

That child you love -- the one you raised from creation that centered your universe, rocked your world and drove lava into your veins at the same time -- yeah that one -- you can't keep him. You have to let him go.

Dear Darling College Freshman Girls

Jen Hatmaker | Posted 09.03.2015 | Women
Jen Hatmaker

Sister, you do you in college. Won't that be great?

27 Things That Made Me Cry When I Took My Kid To College

Peyton Price | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

25. Choking and sputtering at that first drive-thru order of just four burgers instead of "six burgers, please, two with double patties and extra bacon."

College Should be an Adventure

John A. Roush | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
John A. Roush

When alums come back to their alma mater, they share with me joys, experiences and memories that are both unique and profound. Why? College remains a more fundamental and foundational experience than any other concentrated period of time in their entire lives.

To My Freshman Self

Yash Kothari | Posted 08.25.2015 | College
Yash Kothari

Remember those annoying people who told you that college will be the quickest four years of your life? Well they were right, but not in a bad way. The next four years of your life are going to zoom by.

20 Things That Today's College Freshmen Grew Up With: Beloit Mindset List

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.18.2015 | College

College freshmen today have never known a world without "South Park," as noted in Beloit College's annual Mindset List, released every year since 1998...

64 Things We Wish We Knew As College Freshmen

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.18.2015 | College

We asked the editors and reporters at The Huffington Post to chime in on what they wish they knew when they were in college. In no particular order, ...

Hey... I'm Off to College!

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Dr. Robert M. Myers

College freshmen... this one is for you. It's almost time to be dropped off to start your first year of college. I have been watching parents and new freshman go through this ritual for almost 25 years.

10 Tips for Freshman Success in College

Bob Brinkmann | Posted 08.06.2015 | College
Bob Brinkmann

The 6-year graduation rate for American college students is about 59%. This figure means that 41% of all students that start college do not graduate within 6 years. If you are starting college this fall, here are 10 tips for success that will help you be part of the 59% that finish.

The Freshmen 21

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

Meals are up to you, as is your bedtime. Too often college students skip meals or don't eat healthy. Avoid the "freshman 15" by minimizing the 12 a.m. pizza runs.

Twenty Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 07.23.2015 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

With millions of college students about to begin their freshman year within a few weeks, it is an appropriate time for entering students to think abou...

A Summer Checklist for Incoming College Freshmen

Chuck Cohn | Posted 06.05.2015 | College
Chuck Cohn

Your high school may not automatically forward your final high school transcript to your college or university. Many colleges require a final transcript prior to the start of the fall semester, so be sure to speak with your guidance counselor about this checklist item.

What the First Year of College Really Teaches You

Ishanee Chanda | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Ishanee Chanda

There are always celebrations to mark the passage of time between eras in our lives: birthday parties, graduations, marriage anniversaries. And yet, when I woke up on the morning of my 18th birthday, I didn't feel a year older.

Graduation Is a New Chapter For Our Kids And For Us

Annie Fox | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Annie Fox

Graduating from high school and heading off to college is a major milestone, irrefutable proof of their growing independence. The music swells along with our hearts. Our love for them and our hope for their future defies words. So we cry.

Sexual Assault On Campus: College Policies Support Rape Cultures

Jaime Grant, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Jaime Grant, Ph.D.

Sexual assault on campus is nothing new. And like me in 1979, first-year women in 2015 are at high risk for coercion, assault and rape by the men they are eating lunch with in the dining halls, working beside in study groups, and cheering on in the stadium.

When the Going Gets Tough

Simran Baxendale | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Simran Baxendale

Courage is a difficult characteristic to possess. The courage to be different, the courage to succeed and even the courage to try something new and risk failure are all forces that govern our daily activities.

My Wishlist for Students: College Is About More Than Grades

Christina Berchini | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Christina Berchini

Those behind a recent survey about high education were interested in whether high school graduates felt they were ready for college. In my opinion, there are ways to fill those perceived "gaps" upon entering college, and many of them have absolutely nothing to do with grades.

The Unplugged Assignment: College Freshmen Take the Challenge

Emily John | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily John

Although the majority of the course requires active listening and students use online resources for much of their course work, the "unplugged" journal assignment invites students to avoid screens for 24 hours and write about their experience.

Freshmen: Do These 7 Things Now to Not Be Broke Later

Alexandra Rice | Posted 02.16.2015 | College
Alexandra Rice

For many students, college is full of fun firsts: your first time living away from home, joining a sorority or fraternity and tailgating for football games, to name a few. But all of those things cost money, and Mom and Dad won't be there to help you pay for everything.

First-Year Students Represent Growing Opportunity for Career Services

Kevin Eagan | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Kevin Eagan

As students increasingly decide to pursue a college degree with the goal of making more money or finding a better job, colleges and universities have an opportunity to connect them with the campus personnel and resources that are best situated and skilled to facilitate those conversations.

The Best Advice for Students Attending Their First Year of College

Quora | Posted 11.30.2014 | College

For the first four weeks, put lots of effort into your social life. Never eat alone. Knock on doors and chat with people. Figure out interesting things to do in the area, then invite people there on weekends.

Money Mistakes Freshman Can Make if You Don't Talk to Them About It

Mary Johnson | Posted 11.25.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

While Parents' Weekend and the chance to see your new college student face-to-face may be right around the corner, don't forget how much they would like to hear from you between now and then, and add in some practical money tips for good measure.