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Posted by in Accommodations & Assistive Technology

Have you ever been in a lecture taking notes and found that the professor or guest speaker talks way too fast? I always get caught up in trying to write down every word and end up missing something important in my class lectures. Now one solution to this problem would be to interrupt the teacher and ask him or her to repeat what you missed. But really, how rude is that?! If only there was some way to just go back in time and hear that part of the lecture…read more

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Networking

Posted by in Looking Ahead

No matter what college campus you are attending, you will encounter hundreds if not thousands of people. In my college, East Carolina University, we have almost 28,000 students! This means there is at least 28,000 new opportunities, people to meet, and things to learn. So there is no excuse not to network. Networking occurs when you meet and form professional relationships with people who have the potential to help you reach your goals in one way or another. Often it ends up being a mutually beneficial relationship or connection. The…read more

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Freshman Involvement

Posted by in Life in College

The first year of college can be without a doubt one of the greatest years of your life, yet at the same time it comes with many changes. For many students it is the first time away from home, and they have to learn to independently cope with many sudden changes. For others it may be a liberating and thrilling experience. At the start of every semester, schools hold events to promote student involvement and advertise for different organizations. Many colleges have organization fairs or school year kickoff functions that…read more

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First Week of Classes

Posted by in Classes

Reality really sets in when the first day of classes rolls around. It may seem intimidating to go into a college classroom for the first time, but don’t worry! The first week is always an adjustment period for everyone, not just first year students! Don’t be afraid to ask for directions or help with anything. You will not be the only new student, and there will be many others who don’t know their way around. Who knows, you could make a friend by asking for directions. I always try to…read more

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Classroom Etiquette

Posted by in Classes

Classroom etiquette is something that you will hopefully grasp over the course of your first semester in college. Of course, it is most important to understand and follow the basic rules every professor sets at the beginning of the semester, usually listed somewhere in your syllabi. But there are a few things in particular that pertain to almost any class and that I feel I should mention for you to keep in mind when starting school: Computers: Some professors are picky about the use of computers or iPads for taking…read more

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Managing College Life

Posted by in Life in College

The time has finally come. You’ve kissed mom and hugged dad goodbye, and you’re finally free! It seemed like this day would never arrive, but you’ve officially made it to college! Freedom! You are on your own for the first time with no curfews, chores, or house rules to follow. This is the feeling most incoming freshmen have during the first few days of college life. However, after a few weeks of classes, reality hits…. “Wait, what reality?” you might be wondering. The reality is you are in college to…read more

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