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The Importance of Editing and Revising

Posted by in Writing

When writing papers we often assume that as soon as we’ve reached that word count we’re finished. We save it, print it, and go. Easy, right? Unfortunately the answer is no; it’s not that simple, and that mindset tends to encourage procrastination until the last minute. This also will mean papers will be turned in with errors, unnecessary mistakes, and even unclear information. Instead, there is a vital step in writing papers that many students tend to overlook and that will help you turn in an awesome paper: editing. This…read more

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Email Etiquette

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In college, communication with professors is vital. Most classes will either meet one, two, or three times a week, and besides these times there are limited opportunities to communicate with professors outside of class and office hours. So what is a good way to get in touch with professors? The answer may seem odd to a high schooler, but sending emails is often the preferred method to communicate with instructors. This also goes for advisors, bosses, or anyone else with whom you need to make contact. Before coming to college,…read more

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Approaching Professors

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Talking with professors in college can be intimidating, especially if you are asking for special accommodations. Many professors are actually more approachable than students realize; but when you are new to college and its structure, it is easy to be overwhelmed or nervous around instructors. However, it’s important to approach them and explain your need for additional accommodations at the very start of the semester (instead of right before the first exam … or even worse, the last!). That way they can have more of a heads-up for what you…read more

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A Productive and Healthy Schedule

Posted by in Health and Safety

Although it’s easy to get caught up in school work and your social live, living a healthy and fit lifestyle isn’t something to throw to the side. Staying healthy involves more than just being fit and exercising properly. Simple choices made throughout the day help keep you healthy as well. Keeping a weekly schedule of all your classes and other responsibilities is a great way to ensure that you won’t fall behind on anything. I like to track out my week from 8am – 5pm on a chart or calendar,…read more

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Preventing Sickness

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I feel a college is best compared to a small town or community. Freshmen, who usually live on campus, are especially in the middle of it all. But when existing in such close quarters like the dorms, illnesses and diseases can and do spread rapidly. Being sick in high school might have even been a treat because it meant one less day of sitting in class for 6 hours. In college, missing a day or two of classes is much more crippling now that “in-class” time is reduced to 3…read more

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Office Hours

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At every college professors are required to hold office hours for their students.  They give students an opportunity to talk with teachers outside of classroom.  You can ask them questions about the lectures, upcoming assignments, or anything that has to do with their course. Many professors simply work in their offices and reply to emails or prepare lesson plans during this time unless students show up. But if you can’t make it to their designated office hours, you can set up an appointment to meet with them at an alternative…read more

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Universities’ Support Services

Posted by in Accommodations & Assistive Technology

Many high school students today are worried about getting the same or similar accommodations in college that they received in high school. While these are very legitimate concerns, students can relax thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2006, which states that all universities must provide accommodations to their students. However, they  may not be exactly the kind you are used to. All public universities have some sort of disability support. At my school, East Carolina University, we have an office called Disability Support Services (DSS). DSS is…read more

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5 Key Tools Needed to Network

Posted by in Looking Ahead

  Business Cards Business cards are ranked at the top of my networking checklist. The exchange of a business card is to be expected at the end of a conversation. This is an efficient way to give someone your contact information. When someone stumbles upon your card, they will remember you and the conversation you had. If you are speaking with someone who you think will be able to help you or you are interested in staying in touch with, ask for his or her card! You can follow up with…read more

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Syllabus

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Many of you may be wondering what a syllabus even is…To be honest, it is one of the most useful pieces of information a professor will ever give you!  A syllabus includes everything from the professor’s contact information to very important due dates.  It is usually handed out on the first day of class or emailed to you before classes begin. Many people even call the first day of classes “syllabus day” because most professors use it to review what is on the syllabus in full detail.  You are held…read more

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