Tips for Playing Sports in College

Tips for Playing Sports in College

If you are a high school athlete who plans to play conference or league sports in college, you have probably already been recruited by schools or looked at schools where you might play. College NCAA sports guidelines and sports leagues are competitive and it is a challenge to get attention and get on a team if you are not already on the college’s radar as a possible recruit. Continue reading “Tips for Playing Sports in College”

Tips for Getting Along with Roommates

Tips for Getting Along with Roommates

You took great pains to select your roommate and now you are happily looking forward to your time together in your shared dorm room. But, relationships are not easy. There are things you can’t tell about a person on paper or by going out with them for a piece of pizza. If you live together day in and day out, through the stress of exams, failed love affairs and homesickness, you are likely to have some friction. Continue reading “Tips for Getting Along with Roommates”

Tips for dealing with a dorm RA

Tips for dealing with a dorm RA

Every college does its best to screen and appoint resident advisors (RAs) for each dorm. Sometimes the school fails spectacularly and sometimes the students have an RA who can help them get anchored in school, resolve conflict in the dorm and keep the general peace and order in dorm life. The best RAs are friends, confidantes and good ‘superintendents’ who can organize, manage and remain objective. Continue reading “Tips for dealing with a dorm RA”

How to cook in the dorm

How to cook in the dorm

Food is important to most people. In college, living in a dorm poses many problems when it comes to food and cooking. Most college freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus in dorms unless they meet certain conditions. This also means that they have to eat their meals, for the most part, in cafeterias throughout campus. Continue reading “How to cook in the dorm”

How to Communicate with My College Roommate

How to Communicate with My College Roommate

Heading off to college for the first time will most often mean living in a dorm room with an unknown individual. For most first-year students, they have not yet had to deal with another person sharing sleeping quarters. Having siblings doesn’t count since mom and dad were always there to referee the inevitable battles. But in college, two young adults, or more, depending on the size of the dorm, will be forced to deal with each other’s unique individual peccadillos. Continue reading “How to Communicate with My College Roommate”

Getting the Most Out of the Space in My Dorm Room

Getting the Most Out of the Space in My Dorm RoomMost college freshmen will have the same question about how to ‘get the most out of the space in my dorm room. The find, sometimes surprisingly so, that dorm rooms tend to be little more than glorified closets. Barely enough room to squeeze in two beds and maybe, if they’re lucky, a desk. Certainly not enough for two full-grown adults. If you’re a college freshman either getting ready to head off for your first year or sitting in your dorm room wondering how it’s possible to ‘get the most out of the space in my dorm room,’ there are a few tips, some of them easier to install than others. Continue reading “Getting the Most Out of the Space in My Dorm Room”

Doing Laundry in College

Doing Laundry in CollegeDo the basics of laundry elude you? Are you sorry you weren’t paying attention when mom tried to teach you how to sort your clothes and how much detergent to use? You will be after your tidy whities turn pink for the first time and the guys in the common bathroom laugh you out the door. Don’t worry. Laundry really isn’t so hard. Continue reading “Doing Laundry in College”

Dealing with Homesickness at College

Dealing with Homesickness at CollegeIf you anticipate some homesickness, you are going to be more prepared for the feelings that may overwhelm you during the first month or two of college life. Remember that you are adjusting to a new home, a new roommate, new classes and a new routine. Be patient with yourself. Resist the idea that you have to go home every weekend, but be kind enough to yourself to allow a trip or two to take the edge off your feelings of isolation and loneliness. Here are some things you can do to help you adjust to your new environment: Continue reading “Dealing with Homesickness at College”

Cooking in the Dorm

Cooking in the DormWhether you are just sick and tired of cafeteria food, studying for an exam, or you just feel like having a snack, it is nice to be able to cook a little something in your dorm room on occasion. If you want to consider this option, you first need to check with the Office of Residential Life or your Residence Advisor (RA) to understand whether you can keep a hot plate or microwave in your room, or if there is a regular stove in the lounge of your dorm. Do not bring in any forbidden items, because if you start a fire, you may be held responsible. Continue reading “Cooking in the Dorm”

Balancing Studying and Partying at College

Balancing Studying and Partying at CollegeHeading off to college for the first time, away from home, will offer students a variety of challenges, not the least of which will be how to balance studying and partying. Far too few young adults consider this to be a major dilemma and, unfortunately, not enough parents or education staff think this is a topic worth discussing with their children. The fact is, however, that the right balance of studying and partying can bring success to the young college career while the wrong one can end up in disaster. Continue reading “Balancing Studying and Partying at College”

Tips for saving money on textbooks

Tips for saving money on textbooksThe price of college textbooks continues to rise, because many publishers are pushing updated editions and creating classroom packages with software and study materials so they can make more money selling books. The bad news is that these new, improved editions cost, on average, 58% more than the previous versions. While parents, colleges and students have voiced their complaints, the practice continues and text book prices have gone through the roof. Continue reading “Tips for saving money on textbooks”

Stress Management How to Relax

Stress Management How to RelaxIf you are under a lot of stress at school, you are not alone! Still, you may FEEL alone in trying to handle that stress and find ways to relax and adjust to the pressures of college life. Be sure you are eating right (healthy diet) and getting enough. Exercise can help you relieve stress and make it easier to relax. You can also consider yoga, meditation and other ways to relax. Some of these programs may be available through clubs or classes on campus, so check your bulletin board for events and sessions. Guys, don’t think you will be considered a sissy. Major league athletes are using meditation and guided imagery to improve performance and manage stress, so why shouldn’t YOU? Continue reading “Stress Management How to Relax”