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Volunteering

Posted by in Life in College

So you made it to college! You are finally finished volunteering with service groups and building your list of club memberships to make your college application shine. Now that you’ve been accepted at a university, why would you bother to keep volunteering for stuff? Well contrary to what a lot of incoming college students believe, continuing to build your repertoire of service groups, clubs, and other organizations in college is still important. It actually matters a lot! Volunteering can be key in developing your personal growth, as well as help…read more

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Stephanie’s Story

Posted by in Contributor Biographies

My name is Stephanie. I am in my fourth year at East Carolina University, and my major is communications with a concentration in Public Relations. What I want to do when I grow up is still unknown, but I am thinking of maybe working for a sports team. I am diagnosed with a math difference and auditory processing.

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Should I join a fraternity or sorority?

Posted by in Student to Student

If you have a desire to join a fraternity or sorority, my advice would be to wait until your sophomore year. These groups take up a lot of your time and will often roll over into school or sleep time. It would be best to first get the hang of college living and classes before you jump into a time and money commitment like Greek life. Who knows? You may decide you don’t want to join after being in college a year, or that your preference for a specific sorority/fraternity…read more

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When is a good time to study?

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The best times to study will be different for different students. The best thing to do is find a time in your schedule that works best for you as an individual and make it your permanent study time for each day/week. This way it will become a habit and you won’t have as much trouble making sure you gave yourself enough time to work on any important assignments or studying of tests.  If you are going to live in the dorm, just know that waiting until evening hours to study…read more

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Would you recommend having a job your freshman year?

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I wouldn’t recommend getting a job your freshman year unless you have to due to financial reasons. If you can, try just focusing on school and meeting people your first and second semester. You definitely should familiarize yourself with the college lifestyle and the kind of time you need to dedicate to school before committing to a job or major volunteer organization. But if you do want to work, an on-campus job of about 10 – 15 hours/week might be the best option.

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How can I be safe on campus?

Posted by in Student to Student

Campus safety is always an important issue for everyone. The three most basic, yet extremely effective, strategies you need to remember to stay safe on campus are: never walk alone at night, always be aware of your surroundings, and avoid areas that aren’t well lit.

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Where is the best place to get textbooks?

Posted by in Student to Student

Textbooks are constantly going up in price, so finding good deals is important. The first rule of buying textbooks is to get them used whenever possible. This usually cuts down the price a lot. Probably the best place to find a deal on a textbook would be online. You can even rent textbooks from certain websites or get it in e-text form. The student and local textbook stores will often be a bit pricy, but a whole lot more convenient than doing a hunt online. And as long as you…read more

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Would you recommend living in a dorm the first year or an apartment?

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I would definitely recommend living in a dorm your first year, even if it is the only year you do. It is much easier to meet new people and make friends when living on a community hall, and you will instantly feel more like you are involved in campus life. Not to mention classes and everything else on campus are closer, so it makes things a lot more convenient. I believe it is an essential part of the college experience to live in a dorm room at least once, and…read more

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What is something you need to do in college that wasn’t so important in high school?

Posted by in Student to Student

Check your email, and check it several times each day! Email is the way faculty and just about everyone contacts students. With all the current technology such as the smart phones and wireless internet around campus, colleges are utilizing this means of communication more than ever. It is important for not only classes, but also job opportunities, campus involvement, reminders, cancelations, closings, security alerts, and more. It seems simple but it is easy to forget, just check it!

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