iOS app Android app

Freshman

The College Drop-Off: Why It Sucks And 5 Ways To Survive

Laura A Boggs | Posted 08.19.2016 | Parents
Laura A Boggs

You've finished arranging the toss pillows in your freshman's dorm room, so you tell her one last time to eat her vegetables and not to wear white after Labor Day before you issue a lipstick-y kiss goodbye. Then you curl up in the backseat while your spouse drives in silence and you ache. What to do after that day, after you've arrived back home?

Tips For Your First Year Of College

Dayna Steele | Posted 08.11.2016 | College
Dayna Steele

Just because your class starts at noon doesn't mean you should roll out of bed at 11:45 am. Get up; take some time to prepare for your day without being rushed -- review homework, eat breakfast, start a daily routine, stretch, etc.

5 Things Every College Freshman Should Know

Lauren Galley | Posted 07.14.2016 | College
Lauren Galley

1. Time Is Money College is basically high school on steroids when it comes to managing your time. The first thing you should do after being accepted ...

Parents, College Drop Off Is Nothing Compared To What Comes Next

Linda Wolff | Posted 06.15.2016 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

If you think freshman drop off was hard, think again. All those Bed, Bath & Beyond runs and pillow fluffing were child's play. That's right, the big shebang isn't at drop off, it comes later. At least four years later.

Advice from a College Freshman Survivor

Natalie Kalin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Teen
Natalie Kalin

You go to college to learn. That's the whole point of it. After having completed my freshman year, however, I realized that you learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside it. And, believe me, these lessons will bruise you and break you just as much as the exams and labs do.

Letter to Freshman Me

Taylor Vidmar | Posted 02.15.2016 | Teen
Taylor Vidmar

Dear Taylor, First off, let's get this straight: I would much rather visit you in person, but, alas, I have yet to discover time travel. I have been ...

3 Mistakes to Avoid During Your First Two Months of College

Christie Garton | Posted 09.30.2015 | College
Christie Garton

Your first two months on campus can set the pace for the rest of your college career. Think of it like running a marathon: you want a strong start to guide your attitude and determination through future miles, but set out too fast and you'll be out of fuel before you can finish.

What I Learned Going Off to College

Shrien Alshabasy | Posted 09.29.2015 | Education
Shrien Alshabasy

Growing up is tough. Gone are the everlasting summer days when you could spend nights playing tag in your backyard, tasting the sweet morsels of infinite happiness on your playful tongue.

25 Things First-Year College Students Should Never Do

Harlan Cohen | Posted 09.23.2016 | College
Harlan Cohen

Physically your body is on campus, but emotionally you're connected to friends, family, long distance partners, and strangers off campus. Use technology to meet new people on campus, not to hide from them.

The Gift We Cannot Keep

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.03.2016 | 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.

College-Bound Teen Moved Into The Dorms In An Epic Way

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 09.03.2015 | College

For most incoming freshmen, moving into college dorms is a crazed, but exciting few days. But for Sally Gardiner-Smith, the experience lasted a long a...

Thriving With ADHD: 5 Success Tips for Freshman With ADHD

Grace Friedman | Posted 08.11.2016 | College
Grace Friedman

Looking back on my first year, like any incoming freshman, I had to learn through trial and error. As a freshman, each week can be a different "ball game." Here are my top five tips that worked well for me through my first nine months of college.

10 Ways Incoming College Freshman Can Start Preparing for College

Breana Brill | Posted 07.23.2016 | College
Breana Brill

Last year, I was a soon to be college freshman and I didn't even know where to begin with preparing for college. And if there is anything I learned from preparing for my first year of college, it's not to procrastinate.

10 Lessons I Learned My Freshman Year of College

Allison Underhill | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
Allison Underhill

Freshman year of college: a whirlwind of cramming for exams, binge-watching Netflix, creating new friendships, and finding out who you are in this wor...

The Entering College Class of 1970: Students' Views on the Role of the Federal Government

Kevin Eagan | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Kevin Eagan

In recognition of our 50th year administering the Freshman Survey at UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program, we are highlighting key findings from each of the first 49 years of data collection on incoming freshman college students.

10 Reasons Your College Roommate Is Your Best Friend

Breana Brill | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Breana Brill

I had heard all the horror roommate stories of them turning out to be psychopaths. But, lucky for me, all those assumptions were wrong. I may have gotten lucky, but I can confidently say my roommate is my best friend. She deals with all the things my Mom hated about my room back home. Yet, my roommate still loves me for who I am.

5 Ways to Deal With the College Kids Coming Home

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

It's that remarkable time of year parents of college kids have been looking forward to with excitement and just a little bit of trepidation. While we can't wait to see our kids when they are home for holiday vacation, we are also not exactly clear what to expect.

Thanksgiving Break With Your College Freshman

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Once you become reacquainted and reconnected with your child and settle into the holiday spirit, it is then appropriate to discuss the more serious issues and catch up with her semester away from home.

10 Things I Learned Within My First Two Months Of College

Breana Brill | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Breana Brill

It hasn't been hard just because I'm from out of state, or that school itself is really challenging, but I also don't have a guiding hand to give me advice like I did in high school.

A Crash Course on How to Maximize Your Freshman Year and Beyond

Chris Hickey | Posted 11.05.2014 | College
Chris Hickey

As the seasons are changing so are some people's lives as they prepare for college to hopefully pursue their scholastic and personal endeavors. Hopefully these nuggets of wisdom prove to be useful as well as the tips from some of my most trusted confidants.

Be the Best You Can Be -- and Then Some

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Have confidence in your abilities and who you are as a person. This is a lot easier said than done, as I still struggle with this insecurity myself. As cliché as it may sound, know your strengths and weaknesses. Exploit your strengths and improve on your weaknesses.

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.

College Parenting 101

Rich Siegel | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Rich Siegel

Last week, my wife and I ventured north to the Emerald City for a college orientation at the University of Washington, UDUB. It brought back vivid memories, of a long time ago, when my parents and I stepped foot on the hallowed grounds of Syracuse University. Oh wait, no it didn't.

5 Truths About College Every Incoming Freshman Needs to Know

The Prospect | Posted 08.17.2014 | College
The Prospect

Looking back on my own freshman year, there are a ton of things I wish I'd known; they would've saved me a lot of anxiety and confusion. So, college freshmen, here's what you need to know before you head here in three months.

The One Piece of Advice Every Incoming College Freshman Should Know

Tianna Gallinaro | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Tianna Gallinaro

College has been both easier and harder in ways I had never expected, but I can confidently say I've matured from my mistakes, grown as an intellectual, and changed as human being.