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March 20, 2013

College Survival Guide Balancing act By Idris Sababu Juggling studying, social life with friends, both new and old, the latest concerts, jobs and research papers can all get overwhelming. Maggie, an IUPUI senior, who has an internship, a job and is a full-time student, told us how she and her peers organized their days. Here are the tips: •NEVER procrastinate between classes, after class or work - get some homework done. Also try to keep a schedule. •All nighters do not work; if you do, the first step you can get is well-needed sleep. •Parties and party-goers are not who you need to befriend, they usually get weeded out in the first semester. •Get a roommate that has a schedule similar to

TIP: Try not to schedule your classes back-to-back, you will be tired and worn out.

you to prevent time conflicts. And for those going to IUPUI, Ball Hall is highly recommended to increase the college experience, even if you live down the street. •Especially in co-ed dorms, focus on work not the opposite sex. •Keep parties to a minimum and no underage drinking. For those IUPUI-bound: Ball Hall is slightly cramped and it gets hot (no air conditioners allowed). It is a co-ed dorm with single, double and triple rooms available, is cheap and more of a traditional-type of campus housing. Ball Hall provides the best feel of college life, opposed to the other options, such as the townhouses, to really get a college experience.

Staying in a dorm By Ryan Lucas Staying in a dorm is a big milestone for many college students. It is a huge part of anyone’s college experience. “Everyone should stay in dorms,” said an IUPUI senior. “I made friends that I still have today and it is a great way to get the real-college experience.” So here are some tips to help you out when you start to prepare for your dorm experience:

What they DON’T tell you... TIP: Make use of the resources on campus - such as the library or tutoring.

• Take a personality survey to find your roommate • Know where are the best places to eat • Find a job on campus for better schedule flexibility • Go to campus events and become a part of your school • Take advantage of dorm resources like study groups or resource centers • Be sociable and make lots of friends • Wear flip flops in the showers

Show me the money

On the front lines

By Jacob Miller High school seniors should have already submitted their applications and possibly even received their acceptance letters, but without financial aid, college is out of reach for most Tech students. Aid from colleges will come in two forms: need-based and merit-based. Students who wish to pursue need-based aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the government-mandated deadline. The FAFSA must be completed every year that they attend a university in order for students to receive aid or they risk losing their scholarships. Students who have excelled in high school can apply for merit-based scholarships from the universities themselves. These aid packages can be extremely competitive and difficult to acquire. Students who receive merit-based aid will typically have to show proof that they take the required classes and maintain a certain level

By Jacob Miller College equals freedom, but it also means that students must take the responsibility to get the grades that you need. I sat down in an IUPUI lecture class to get the low down on how to be a successful college student. “It is smarter to sit in the front of your classes,” said one IUPUI student, “because there are fewer distractions.” It was clear that students in the front row were much more engaged in the lesson. They took notes, asked questions, and kept their attention focused to the front. Students in the back talked with their friends, ate a Papa John’s pizza, and used Instagram to share ‘#SpringBreak2013’ pictures. They were obviously not focused on learning.

Top 5 Tips: 1) Sit in the front 2) Find out when your professor holds office hours and meet with them 3) Form study groups with other students in the class 4) Spend two hours of study time for every hour of class time throughout the week 5) Stay engaged and ask questions in class

GPA to keep their scholarship year-to-year. The IUPUI Finance Office also encouraged students to seek aid through private scholarships from external companies and organizations. These scholarships can be awarded on the basis of academics, athletics, overcoming adversities, or even special talents and characteristics. Loans should be the last resort for students who need help paying for college. Students should consider steps to purchase used books, live at home and take summer classes to reduce the cost of college and avoid debt from student loans.

5 Top Tips:

1) Fill out FAFSA no matter what to be eligible for state and federal aid and loans 2) Apply for merit aid and work hard to keep it all four years 3) Search and apply for the private scholarships that may be perfect for you 4) Maintain high grades and take challenging courses in college to ‘get the most bang for your buck’ 5) Cut costs whenever possible (Cheapest housing and food plan)

The real story TIP: Establish a place to study - find someplace where the distractions are limited so you can get your study on.

Urban Media Institute reporters talked to the real experts in their search for the secrets to college success - current university students. Tech grads now attending IU-Bloomington spent the afternoon at their alma mater and staff members of IUPUI’s Campus Citizen gave Cannon Multimedia an inside view of college life during an informal tour of the campus. Thanks go to Stacie Shain, adviser of IUPUI’s Campus Citizen, Bonnie Layton and Marcia Debnam of Indiana University’s School of Journalism and Steve Camp, city editor of the Campus Citizen. This is the second special project of Tech’s Urban Media Institute, which gives inner city high school journalists a voice and a forum to explore multimedia career options. TIP: Be organized - use a planner if necessary to keep up with your assignments.

TIP: DON’T GET STRESSED - it is important that you have balance in college. Take a deep breath - it will be OK.

Photos by Andre Poole, Nancy Castillo and Langston Bell

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