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Freshman Year

The Importance Of Staying True To Yourself At College

Bianca Hayes | Posted 11.12.2014 | Teen
Bianca Hayes

I was raised to believe that I am capable of doing whatever I put my mind to, so to actually be in the real world and see that I can put in the work to control my own destiny amazes me.

8 Things You Should Do to Make the Most of Freshman Year

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 11.05.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

To help you get off on the right foot, here's what every freshman can do to ensure success long after that first year of college is in the rearview mirror.

5 Mistakes To Avoid During Your Freshman Year Of College

FindSpark | Posted 10.15.2014 | College
FindSpark

With fall getting colder as you settle into cruise control through the rest of your first semester of college, you may think you've already figured it all out. Perhaps you have, but chances are you are making one of these terribly risky mistakes -- if not all five.

9 Time Management Tips for Freshmen That Actually Work

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 11.26.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

Do you remember that all-nighter you pulled senior year of high school because your essay was due the next morning? Or that time you crammed for a test, even though your teacher gave you weeks to prepare?

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.

You Used To Care About College. Then Senior Year Happened.

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.15.2014 | College

Every year, bright-eyed freshmen come on campus, dressed to impress and ready to introduce themselves to everyone. Every year, those same freshmen ...

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...

5 Creative Ways To Say Goodbye Before Leaving For College

| Posted 09.03.2014 | Teen

You’re so close the best time of your life: college! This upcoming academic year is going to be awesome. You’re going to push yourself to accompli...

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.

How Everybody Knows You Must Be A College Freshman

Pixable | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Pixable

We try not to judge because we all started out as freshmen, but we can't help ourselves from laughing when we see a group 18-year-olds still sporting their high school t-shirts heading towards the dining hall like a hungry pack of wolves.

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.

Dear Freshman Girls

Lauren Galley | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Lauren Galley

First days are an amazing part of growing up and now that I have just begun my sophomore year of college, I too am feeling all the excitement once again as I start a new chapter in my life.

Now This Is Some Advice All Freshmen Can Use

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.27.2014 | Teen

Whether you're a rising freshman ready to take on the hallways of a new school or recent grad bound for college and in need of a refresher course, thi...

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.

An Open Letter to the Class of 2018

Miranda Richard | Posted 10.21.2014 | College
Miranda Richard

What no one tells you about the "promised land" of higher education is that it is wonderful, but it is not always an easy place to navigate. Moving away from home for the first time is scary, and it is okay to be scared.

3 Sacred Rules Of College Drop-Off

Becky Blades | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Becky Blades

Yes, after feeding and sheltering a person for 18 years, you are entitled to a little storybook sentimentality. But today is not the day.

32 Ideas For Decorating Dorm Rooms, Courtesy Of The Internet

The Huffington Post | Hadley Walsh | Posted 08.19.2014 | Teen

With fall quickly approaching, the time has come to begin gathering sheets, clothing hangers, shower caddies and the million other things you'll need ...

Preparing Your Child for Freshman Year of College

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

If you have spent the last 18 years building a strong bond with your child, then he/she likely has a strong inner core thanks to the trust and confidence you have helped him/her gain throughout the years.

6 Freshman Year Essentials You Didn't Know You Needed

| Posted 08.01.2014 | Teen

by Nikki Kong I like to think that there are two types of girls in this world: those who are packed and ready to go weeks before move-in, and those...

My Mother Hated Tattoos, So Naturally I Got One For Her

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 09.10.2014 | College
Meaghan McGoldrick

Mom was hysterical. Equal parts angry, touched and relieved I wasn't with child. "How can I be mad?" she asked, I had hoped hypothetically. She loved it. But she was definitely kind of mad.

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.

Lessons Learned From a Parasite

Sofia Stafford | Posted 07.09.2014 | College
Sofia Stafford

Although I am incredibly happy to be healthy and have this first year of college under my belt, I am actually grateful to a certain little creature for the lessons it has enabled me to learn.

27 Real Lessons for the Freshman Girl

Angelina Massoia | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Angelina Massoia

I wouldn't trade what I've learned about college, life, and myself in that time for the world and I'm excited about the person that freshman year has made me.

Finding Home

Susan Kaufman | Posted 05.07.2014 | College
Susan Kaufman

College is all about finding your place in the world -- or so I've been told -- and I still don't at all know my place in the world. But something I definitely learned over the past few weeks of second semester that is that it's impossible to find your place in a world that you refuse to venture out into.

First Semester College Reflections

Diane Propsner | Posted 03.27.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Last fall I asked several high school girls why they decided to attend a women's college and shared their reasons in a blog post. For this blog post, I thought it would be fun to re-visit with those students to see how their first semester at college went.