The Delicate Transition From Winter Break to Winter class

The End of Winter Break...

The start of the second semester is a strange time to be a student. For the past several weeks, your lifestyle has been the complete antithesis to educational development—you’ve probably finished a shameful number of Netflix shows, spent some quality time with hometown friends, and haven’t been waking up before 10 or reading from a textbook.

Now, you'll soon be going back to campus where you'll be asked to do the total opposite.

This complete flip-flop is usually why grades job in the second semester. Students get complacent, and they start things off poorly.

Transitioning From Winter Break to Class

Returning students need to shed the rust of winter break, but slowly. Instead of jumping right into your first day back, take the following small steps to mentally prepare. 

 

  1. Print out (and look at) your syllabus’: You might be the type to take assignments as they come, but the point of a syllabus isn’t just to help you create a calendar, it’s also to give you a better idea of what new concepts and skills you’ll be learning in the class. This ‘big picture’ look at the course may stress you out a little, but it can also excite and motivate you as think about all that you'll be able to accomplish. 

  2. Make a calendar: Pull all major assignment dates from your syllabus’ and put them into a personal calendar so you’re guaranteed to not forget about upcoming tests, papers and projects.

  3. Make sure you have all the books: Many teachers will be giving assignments out of the textbook within the first week. The classic “Amazon hasn’t shipped my book yet” excuse is far too antiquated to be believable, and it still leaves you a step behind when you could easily be a step ahead.

  4. Think about the benefit of each class: Wether it's a gen ed or a life-defining major course, each and every class you take is beneficial. You just have to figure out how. It could be as simple as making you a more knowledgeable and interesting person, or it could be essential to different careers you want to pursue after college. Either way you should spend some time finding one small reason you'll be better off having taken each class. 

  5. See when you might have time for extracurricular: Long breaks in the middle of the day or at the of it is a good time for you to test out some clubs or activities. I say test because often our instinct is to hang out with friends or lay about during free time, but too much of that can be a little lame, and it’s certainly no way to take advantage of college. See when you have free time, and find something new and novel you could do during that time. 

  6. Plan a trip with your friends: Preparing for the second semester doesn’t have to be all bad. Whether it’s for Spring break or your first weekend back, hit up your college friends and try to plan a trip, using your newly made calendars to make sure you all have the free time.

College Advice College Life Doing Well in School

When it comes to deciding which college to go to, probably no other factor matters to students more (on the average) than a school’s US News & World Report ranking.

Ever since the first list of “America’s Top 50 Colleges” was published in 1983, prospective students (and parents) all over the US have turned to the list as an easy way to know what schools were “good” and which ones weren’t so hot.

If you’re in the process of applying to college any time between September and November, you may have encountered the terms “Early Decision” and “Early Action.”

If you’ve done some reading on the subject, you may have also discovered that both are programs offered by colleges and universities that allow you to find out early—sometimes as early as the beginning of December—whether you got in your not.

Sounds like a sweet deal, right?

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Do you know why college's have the best traditions? Its becuase people our age make them up. They're usually a bit rebellious, always absurd, and fun enough to last decades. The ones made up around Halloween are also very strenge and creepy. Awesomely creepy. 

 

“Healy Howl” and The Exorcist Screening, Georgetown University

Many college campuses date back a hundred or more years. They've been home to thousands of students, and if there's anything we've learned about the typical ghost, it's that they like to haunt their old homes.

This may not seem freaky to you, probably because you don't believe in ghosts, but reports show that more than a few campuses feature haunted dorms, some with well-documented histories and decades of witnesses to a host of spooky, unexplained phenomenon. Here are some of the spookiest.

 

If the monster mash is your jam - these schools might just be your favorite locations for Halloween.

These schools have the Halloween weekend down to an art. These are the schools that brag the best costumes, the scariest haunted libraries, pumpkin activities, and haunted hay rides.

Her Campus presents a list of the top 10 celebrations and the schools that love to hear your frightened shrieks.   

Read the fine print - discover the textbook prices that work for your class and your budget!

Made of money is not the first thing you think of when you picture a college student, quite the opposite. Textbooks can easily put a dent in your piggybank before the semester even starts. First and foremost, do your research. Spend time checking prices because nine times out of ten - the first place you look won't be the best price you could get.

Being a college student has more benefits than just the degree!

As you may know being a college student provides a ton of discounts: restaurants, gym memberships, and many other venues if you just ask or flash that ID.

Planning to bike to class?

"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles M. Schulz

Biking cigarette online usa is great for your health and great for the environment. Head to any college campus and you'll probably see several students cycling between buildings like bees buzzing to and from a hive.

Why trudge through snow to get to class when sunshine could be around the corner?

Halloween decorations are going up, leaves are changing colors, and frost is creeping in on your car's morning windshield. We're in the midst of fall, but we all know what comes all too soon after that Halloween party -- cold and (depending on your geographic location) miserable winter. 

Check out these shiny new majors that took a few years to download.

As business environments evolve and technology advances, the skills and knowledge of the world's brightest must adapt as well. Hopefully, you're not reading this article on an old 1999 AOL dial up internet connection.

The path of the future, even just in the past 10 years, has dictated what we needed to know to survive and thrive in the real world. Colleges often lead the way in making sure the next generations are ready for just that.

Happy and excited to rise and shine for an 8am lecture?….yeah, me neither.

We have been getting up for school all our lives, but when we go to college, free will is given to us to dictate our own bed times -very quickly, sleep patterns can become (quite) different.

If you’re a fan of shows like Paranormal State, a show about students from the Penn State Paranormal Research Society who spend their spare time seeking out ghosts, you’ve probably wondered if it’s possible to go to college to learn how to be a ghost hunter.

Not all college majors are created equally.

"What you make depends a lot on what you take." -Anthony Carnevale

Love the idea of being your own boss but not sure about the rules?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Bransen. What do all of these names have in common?

  1. They all have earned a ton of money and lived in personal success.
  2. None of them have a college degree.

Success stories like these have caused budding entrepreneurs to question if they even need to attend college. If you're going to be working for yourself, what difference does having a degree make? 

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