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College Freshmen Advice

The Overachiever's Guide to Freshman Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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.

Navigating Winter Break With Your College Freshman

Beverly Low | Posted 02.17.2014 | College
Beverly Low

Over the winter break, your student may accidentally refer to their college or university as "home." If this causes dizziness and a pit in your stomach, you're not alone.

Homesick? Take a Deep Breath

Beverly Low | Posted 12.16.2013 | College
Beverly Low

For a first-year student adjusting to life away from home, the smallest inconvenience can feel like a dramatic, earth-shattering event. First-years live in a world of extremes. Many arrive on campus expecting the college experience to be perfect immediately.

Tackling FOMO at a New Level

Sofia Stafford | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Sofia Stafford

I have come to the conclusion that while FOMO still is very much about the struggle to find that balance, it also addresses our desire to seek belonging and direction.

5 Mental Health Tips for Back to School

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Ross Szabo

Students feel a lot of pressure to never mess up or fail, but those experiences are a part of life and can help people become much stronger. As students go through a process of learning about themselves, mistakes are bound to happen.

Open Letter to Freshmen: Choose Well, Not All College Majors Are Created Equal

Siya Raj Purohit | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Siya Raj Purohit

The work engineers and programmers do requires a great amount of skill, perhaps the reason those perks are so justified. But the good news is that those skills are definitely not impossible to acquire.

Freshman Money Tips

Mary Johnson | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Mary Johnson

Starting college can be one of the most important and exciting times of a person's life. It's also an important time to think about managing your money and how to enjoy your college experience without worrying about where your next meal will come from.

Letter to My Freshman Self

Sofia Stafford | Posted 11.05.2013 | College
Sofia Stafford

As much as I hate to admit it, up until this point I have, for the most part, quantified success. In the next four years I hope to reshape my definition of success to encompass a more fulfilling definition and one that cannot be measured by grades or achievements.

I Love/Hate College

Aliza Polkes | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Aliza Polkes

Today was my last first day of school. At least, it was my last first day of school as an undergrad. When I walked onto campus this morning, I tried to remember what it felt like to take this same walk two years ago, when I first started as a sophomore at Columbia.

16 Awesome Pieces Of Advice For College Freshmen

The Huffington Post | Debra Lipson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Celebrity

Summer is winding down and you know what that means -- it's back to school time. Hundreds of anxious students will leave their nests and begin the...

10 Things No One Tells You About Your Freshman Year Of College

Posted 08.08.2013 | Teen

You already know what not to pack, the biggest misconceptions about your future roommate and the best parts about being a freshman, but what's freshma...

WATCH: Should You Friend Your Professor On Facebook?

Posted 08.08.2013 | College

Freshman year of college is all about newfound freedom, but it also leaves students struggling to figure out what's appropriate and how to communicate...

Starting College: A Guide for Parents: 2013

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 09.28.2013 | Parents
Marshall P. Duke

There are many things I tell the parents in the hour that they sit with me on what is for them among the most emotional days of their lives. Here are some of the things that I want them to know. I hope they are of value to other parents of other new students now readying themselves to set out for other places.

Five Summer Tips for the College Bound

Beverly Low | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Beverly Low

Like the colorful and constant noise of summer fireworks, advice for college first-years has begun exploding from all directions. Celebrations are mixed with a nervous excitement that will not be matched or replicated ever again.

What You Do in College Matters Most: How to Get the Best Return on Your College Investment

Carol J. Carter | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Carol J. Carter

Success in college and life comes from gaining knowledge and skills. The more you take responsibility for carving your own path of adventure, the more your true abilities will emerge.

Top 10 Mistakes College Journalists Should Avoid

Gillian Frew | Posted 05.19.2013 | College
Gillian Frew

There are some predictable mistakes many newbie reporters make that are easy to avoid. I put together this list of the Top 10 based on my own experience as editor-in-chief of my college paper and an informal Twitter poll.

The Friend Group Factor

Beverly Low | Posted 05.11.2013 | College
Beverly Low

First-year students want a friend group. And they want it immediately. If a student doesn't have one, was ditched by one, or is in the process of seeking a new one, college can be a very lonely place.

A Call for Convenience

Hannah Josi | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Hannah Josi

I will admit I was one of those clueless freshmen, unsure of where to put laundry detergent or how much to use in the first place. I was plagued by cartoonish fears of returning to a washing machine overflowing with pink suds.

An Open Letter to College Freshmen

Shawn Binder | Posted 11.06.2012 | Teen
Shawn Binder

If you're reading this, I hope you're a college freshman, and to be honest, I hope you're having a rough time. Allow me to explain.

Asking For Help Is Not a Sign of Weakness

Beverly Low | Posted 11.05.2012 | College
Beverly Low

For most college students, there will never be another time in your life when so many understanding, well-trained people are genuinely interested in helping you succeed.

Freshmen, Are You Having Fun Yet?

Meg Charlton | Posted 10.31.2012 | College
Meg Charlton

This concept of what is typical or fun or acceptable is not just a societal trick. We reinforce it for ourselves, in real time, huddled around our laptops, crafting an online narrative of The Best Four Years Of Our Lives.

From a Professor's Perspective: Advice for College Students

Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | College
Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D.

Here is my advice for today's students. Following these basic suggestions will help you get better grades, have more opportunities, get your degree more quickly, and get the most out of your college years.

Achieving Success in Your Freshman Year

George Forsythe | Posted 10.21.2012 | College
George Forsythe

I know you just graduated from a challenging high school with a strong college prep program. You are certainly well-prepared. That said, you can't expect to coast on your high school work ethic and succeed in college.

12 Rookie Mistakes To Avoid As A College Freshman

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.20.2012 | Teen

Incoming college freshmen, take note: University life comes with an unwritten rule book. Break any one of these regulations and your lowly freshman st...

An Unorthodox Tip for the College Bound and Their Parents

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 10.18.2012 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

The 18-year-old who suddenly finds himself between sets of friends, the 30-year-old stay-at-home parent who has lost work relationships, the 65-year-old who has not replaced lost connections due to illness, death, retirement and geographical moves, and the empty nesters, like me, can all experience the pain of loneliness.