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Don’t Eat Alone

For most out-of-state students, it’s unlikely that friends from your old high school will be on the same campus. Just because a student comes into college knowing no one does not mean that’s how they’ll be at the end of the year. Do not eat alone. Knock on a suitemate’s door and ask if they want to grab lunch, or talk to the person in line at Starbucks. Never miss an opportunity to talk to someone new.

It’s Okay to Fail the First Quiz

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That may come as a shock, but it’s not the end of the world. College is nothing like high school. Depending upon the major and course load, it might be easier or more difficult. High school students who waited until the night before to cram for a major test, and somehow managed to do well, may need to change their study habits. Cramming does not work well in college, especially with courses that require hundreds of pages of reading each night. By learning the professor’s test format and knowing what to review, your one failure can be turned into a semester of success. Just don’t let it become a habit. If necessary, talk to your professor during office hours.

Unplug Once in a While Technology is pertinent in college for group projects, writing papers and completing assignments. But don’t let it replace the college experience by spending hours scrolling through a social feed. By logging out of social media every once in a while, students can focus more on what’s happening around them and discover new things about their campus.

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College is a wonderful time where many young adults figure out what they want to do with their lives. No one is expected to know everything on day one. That is what college is for — learning and trying new things. You’ll soon discover that your college years fly by faster than you expected. So take advantage of the opportunities it presents, and enjoy every minute of it.

By Rachel Sprouse

Back-to-school seems to be a season in itself, where parents and children spend weeks preparing for the upcoming school year. It means attending open houses, purchasing school supplies, preparing for classes and yes, buying clothes for back-to-school. It may seem like a hassle, bringing the kids from store to store, trying to plan shopping trips during the back-to-school sales, but it does not have to be. By avoiding these common mistakes, back-to-school shopping will be a smoother process. Continued on page 38

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