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6 tips on making new friends in college

For college students heading off for your freshman year means getting used to a whole new environment with new places and new people. It’s a chance to find yourself and to hone social skills like how to make new friends. I lived on campus my first year and dorm life brought with it a ready-made set of new friends.

Make friends more easily in college with our tips. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Make friends more easily in college with our tips. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Still, it took me a while to settle in and make connections with roomies and dorm mates. Some of these friends may turn out to be life-long relationships but it doesn’t just happen on its own. Let’s see how one makes new friends. Read more

Top 3 freshman survival tips from an upperclassman

If you are like me at all, walking into college freshman year can be one of the scariest things you will ever do, second maybe to when you get a text from your mom saying “we need to talk.” This post is from me to you about a handful of things that I wish someone told me when my parents dropped me off for my first year at Liberty University. Don’t go overboard and start thinking that this is the only way to make it through college and blow off any other advice you get—although that would flatter me—this is simply just a cheat sheet for success in your first year.

Follow these helpful freshman tips. (Credit: Fresh U)

Follow these helpful freshman tips. (Credit: Fresh U)

Remember, college looks different for everyone so some of these things might resonate with you and some of them might not, who knows (I definitely don’t), but what I do know is that a little advice from someone other than your parents—more specifically advice from someone who hasn’t been out of college for more than 25 years—is a nice change every once in a while. So take this with a grain of salt and enjoy the next few years at the greatest school you will ever experience. Read more

Top 5 things to do when getting ready for college

Before my freshman year, I remember the flurry of getting ready as I got all the supplies I’d need for my first year on my own. Incoming college students have a lot to remember to accomplish before starting their first fall semester! Along with shopping for all the stuff you need (we’ve got recommendations for what you need—and what you don’t!) there’s a whole checklist worth of things you need to accomplish before you leave.

Getting ready for college is easy with our best tips. (Credit: Regions)

Getting ready for college is easy with our best tips. (Credit: Regions)

I wanted to make sure I got to have some fun with my high school friends before heading off for college life, and you might want to consider it, too! Along with savoring those last days of summer, here are the top 5 things you need to do as you’re getting ready for college. Read more

Moving is the worst! Here’s how to make it easier

Moving can be a huge pain—even moreso if you’re not sure what to bring for your freshman year in the dorms. Dorm life varies depending on your school, but one bit of advice I have to offer is trust your instincts. I had never slept with a comforter before moving to college, so despite everyone telling me I should get a full bed-in-a-bag for my college dorm room, I decided on the throw blankets I was used to.

Find out how to make moving less stressful. (Credit: Katie Dwyer, My College Advice)

Find out how to make moving less stressful. (Credit: Katie Dwyer, My College Advice)

That was much more my style, and, to tell you the truth, the smaller blankets were easier to pack. Need more tips and life hacks for the move to college? Check out these moving hacks and get a head start on your fall plans! Read more

Things you need to know about making friends freshman year

Not to put any more pressure on you, but it is important that you focus on making friends during the first few weeks of your freshman year in college. Otherwise you will die sad and alone. Just kidding.

Making friends in college doesn't have to be hard. (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

Making friends in college doesn’t have to be hard. (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

But there are some things you need to know about the best places, times and ways to find friends when you are at school, because your bestie probably won’t be your freshman year roommate — mine sure wasn’t. Read more

A guide to an amazing college experience

As a senior who’s graduating this year, I’ve begun to reflect on my college experience. Looking back at it all, I don’t regret anything. Everything that happened has taught me something. It has allowed me to become the person I am. Even though I don’t regret anything, I wish I didn’t always have to learn the hard way.

I’d like to save you from making the same mistakes I did. Below is a list of everything I wish I knew coming into freshman year: Read more

A DIY guide to developing good study habits

Welcome back to campus! You’ve probably already had your first week or two of classes by now, and whether you’re starting your freshman year or you’re a graduating senior, now is the time to start developing good study habits for your semester.

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

While plenty of campuses have tutoring and writing centers to help you organize your schedules and study plans, you can also follow some do it yourself tips. Think it’s better to start with a healthy GPA than to have to improve it at midterms? Then follow this DIY guide to getting the semester off on the right track. Read more

7 embarrassing signs you’re a college freshman

Ah, freshman year! The hassles of campus life, college dorms, coping with stress and the dreaded Freshman 15. This article will help college freshmen learn to recognize those embarrassing signs that you’re new to all this college stuff and offer tips to adjust to college life and achieve student success.

With a little help, you won't look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

With a little help, you won’t look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

1. You have way (WAY!) too much stuff

Don’t bring a U-Haul full of stuff for a small dorm room. Read more

Tips for making friends freshman year of college

The start of your freshman year of college is right around the corner. Bags packed? Goodbyes said? All that is left is for you to figure out how to make new friends on campus.

Finding people with similar interests is one way to make friends in college. (Credit: Quickmeme)

Finding people with similar interests is one way to make friends in college. (Credit: Quickmeme)

Making friends is an issue that everyone faces, so you aren’t in it alone, but a few DIY tips couldn’t hurt, right? Read on for insight into how to find and maintain some lasting (and quality!) college friendships. Read more

How to survive your first week of college

Heading off to your first week of college is a crazy time. You’re excited, you’re nervous and you have no idea what to expect. But you aren’t the first to make this leap, and those college students that have come before you have some sound suggestions to help you start off your freshman year.

With a little help, you can survive your first week of college. (Credit: ULS)

With a little help, you can survive your first week of college. (Credit: ULS)

Read on for a how to guide on surviving your first week in the transition from high school and home to college and on your own. Read more