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I'm worried that I won't be able to make friends as easily as I did in high school. What are some ways to get connected to people that I can become pals with?

Join a peer mentor group! You get an upperclassmen to help you out and help connect you to campus resources. You also get the chance to... (more)Read 3 Answers
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I'm the only one in my friend group who hates to party. I wish my friends did other things. How can I suggest this?

Instead of banning them from partying - try to suggest other activities. They may not even know how uncomfortable you are with partying,... (more)Read 3 Answers
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What are some skills (academic, social, practical, etc.) that every person should learn in college?

The biggest skill for me is time management. Your ability to effectively manage your time in college and after is so important. It's the... (more)Read 3 Answers
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I am not much of a cook, but I would like to be able to cook for myself at school. What are the top 5-10 things that every college student should learn to cook? Are there websites/recipe books that are best for college students?

Know how to cook protein - learn how to thoroughly grill chicken. Eggs are also necessary - I find scrambled the easiest and it's easy to... (more)Read 2 Answers
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Do you find that it is more productive studying by yourself or with other people?

I personally prefer to study by myself, just because I find myself getting less distracted. However, if you aren't very self-motivated, I... (more)Read 5 Answers
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What are some easy meal prep tips for beginners? I need healthy stuff to take to class that won't take too long to prep!

Start simple and work your way up. Grill chicken breasts. Make a pot of rice. Steam vegetables or chop them up for later use. These items... (more)Read 3 Answers
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I want to start cooking meals for the school week in advance (on weekends). Which foods are the most versatile to cook (and store conveniently)?

One of the easiest things to make for me is pasta. You boil noodles and warm up pre-made sauce and you are good to go for days. Salads... (more)Read 5 Answers
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I'm behind on readings for a certain class. How can I strategize or prioritize material while trying to catch up?

Try not to let the fact that you are behind overwhelm you. It's better to put your mind on what you can do rather than focus on what you... (more)Read 3 Answers
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I'm a night owl but am currently on a schedule that requires me to go to bed early. For those who can relate, what's the best way to fall asleep when you don't want to?

I would recommend cutting down the caffeine you intake. Don't take any caffeine in the late afternoon. Also, try to unwind before going... (more)Read 3 Answers
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How do people embrace and maintain their religious beliefs in college? Do you find it difficult to be committed to your religion in college?

One of the best things to do is to join a club that focuses on practicing your religion. You meet other college students going through... (more)Read 2 Answers
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My friends tell me that they feel like they don't connect as much with their home friends as they used to before college. Is this normal? How can I maintain my relationships with friends from home?

This is definitely normal - it's actually expected. Both sides of the relationship are going to be experiencing new things and those... (more)Read 7 Answers
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I’m having trouble staying motivated when studying for finals, with the end of the semester so close. What are some of your strategies for staying focused?

Seek out study buddies, preferably early on in the school term. Having a study buddy will help you stay motivated and also give you... (more)Read 5 Answers
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What are some tips/tools that people have used to adjust to college as a freshman?

I would recommend a peer mentor program. Sometimes they are led by your major, or other times by your student government. Either way, I... (more)Read 3 Answers
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Is it worth cramming all of my classes into four days so I can have a day off, or is it better to keep them spaced out?

One of the most robust effects in learning is the spacing effect. Many studies have shown that test performance as well as information... (more)Read 5 Answers
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What are five things that every undergraduate student should have on his/her bucket list?

1) Find a mentor. This was so important to me just because it gave me someone to comfortably ask my questions to! There are a lot of... (more)Read 2 Answers
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What are some quick ways to make money in college (i.e. selling certain items, obtaining a part-time job, etc.)?

Get a part-time job, preferably one that allows you to get cash tips. I found this helpful for me because it was instant money, and I... (more)Read 3 Answers
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I am really worried about a good friend of mine's party, drinking, and general social habits. I want to sit down and talk to her about it, but I don't know how to go about the conversation. What advice do people have for this situation, and what should I do if she doesn't listen?

Open up the conversation like you would for anything else, ask how they are doing. The root of their problems may be troubles with school... (more)Read 2 Answers
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What are people's favorite study tools (i.e. notecards vs. review sheets vs. flow charts vs. other methods)? Are there certain methods that you recommend for different types of classes?

I love notecards just because they are easy to carry around and easier for me to read then a paper with a bunch of words on them. When I... (more)Read 3 Answers
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During your college search, how did you know which school was right for you?

I had my mind set on going to one school, but when I visited campus for the first time - I wasn't feeling it. However, I went to another... (more)Read 5 Answers
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What has been the biggest challenge you've faced coming to college and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge in college was learning when to say yes and when to say no. My first year, I said no too much. I wouldn't go out of... (more)Read 4 Answers

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