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College Freshmen

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
Quora

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.

When Is Mother-Daughter Texting Too Much?

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Now my daughter is in college, just starting her freshman year. She doesn't call home every day, only every other day. But we text a lot... well, roughly constantly. But never during class and I didn't hear from her when she went to the movies the other night.

The Dos And Don'ts Of Freshman Year

| Posted 09.10.2014 | Teen

By now you’re probably overwhelmed by all the advice from people who know you’re headed off to your first year of college: Make lots of friends, s...

When Our College Freshman's Launching Starts to Wobble

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Ann Rasmussen

We're not prepared for this new set of long-distance worries. We assumed that our parental fretting would recede in the rearview mirror along with the college campus after drop-off.

To The Lonely Freshman: Your Isolation Is Not Permanent

Matt Camarda | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Matt Camarda

Your isolation may feel permanent; it may become hard to imagine a future in which you've found your place. It may feel like cold comfort to hear that adjusting takes time, but it's the truth. I've been there.

Spiritual Struggles of College Freshmen May Increase Risk of Addiction

David Briggs | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The more incoming students contended with issues such as doubting their faith or feeling punished by God, the greater risk they appeared to be for a variety of addictive behaviors, from gambling to recreational drugs, a new study indicated.

The Overachiever's Guide to Freshman Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school and lifelong achievement.

Top 10 Sex Tips for College Freshmen

Em & Lo | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

For many young women and men, the end of August marks the start of a new chapter of life -- one of higher learning, critical thinking, problem solving, horizon broadening, and lots and lots of casual bonking.

Attention, Freshmen: Here's What to Expect

Lori Janjigian | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Lori Janjigian

Don't be scared. You will struggle and you might even fail a course or two. You might even break down and cry a few times. But if you work hard and stop second-guessing your every decision, you will get through it all and succeed.

This List Will Reminds Us How College Freshmen View The World

AP | Posted 08.26.2014 | College

Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world. The ...

After Orientation, the Real Work Begins

Beverly Low | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Beverly Low

For the past 20 years, I've been directing orientation programs for incoming college freshmen. All of a sudden, I am the on the other side of the equation -- I am the new face -- a little nervous, but eager to get started.

Tricks, Tips and Takes for College Freshmen

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 10.19.2014 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

It's that time of year again when many students begin their first year of college. It's an exciting, but also a stressful time for many. To help, here are 21 tips I share with freshmen each year.

10 Things to Pack When You Go to College

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 10.19.2014 | College
Robert E. Johnson

Whether you are heading off to college this fall as a freshman or as a returning student, it is critical that you think about your preparation -- not just in the practical matters of packing to outfit your residence hall room -- but also in preparing your mindset so you can truly get the most out of college.