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Weekend Getaways and Cheap Entertainment in College

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Not all college towns are bursting with excitement on the weekends. These kinds of low-key schools are often referred to as “suitcase colleges” because students usually go home or head to other cities to find things to do. Of course these “suitcase colleges” host fun events for their students on certain weekends throughout the semester, but typically not every weekend. Some of these schools are gifted with the leisure of having a big city nearby to entertain their students, but most are located in rural areas or hidden away.  Don’t…read more

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Safe Dating Tips for Girls

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College presents a fresh start with instantly hundreds or even thousands of new people to meet. The opportunity to date and get to know new people is a big part of the college experience, and you will develop all kinds of friendships and relationships over the next four to five years as an undergrad student. You will have the opportunity to meet diverse people with various backgrounds and from all over the globe. When it comes to dating, it is a good thing to be open and accepting of diversity….read more

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Final Semester Goals

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It is finally here! You are in your last semester of college! Where has the time gone? Countless late nights of study and early morning cramming sessions are finally finished. It is a weird feeling realizing after 16 or more years of being a student, your time in school could finally be coming to an end. It is exciting, terrifying, and stressful all at the same time. Many different emotions encompass the final semester of college. It is a season full of lasts. Some of these are good, like the…read more

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Types of Goals

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College is a prime time to explore new things, reach above and beyond what you know, and accomplish goals. That being said, it is important to have a variety of different goals that impact and advance various areas of your life. Think outside the box when you are goal setting; think about things you have always wanted to do but have never known how to start. It is important to set different types of goals, such as academic goals, physical goals, personal goals, career goals, financial goals, and so on…read more

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APA Formatting

Posted by in Writing

All through high school, and maybe even in middle school, teachers often encourage students to use MLA formatting for papers. It has been embedded in our brains for a long time that this is how papers should be set up. However, in college different areas of study may require students to learn a brand new formatting style for research papers. One of these formats is APA. Teachers who require this format will vary on how strictly they enforce its rules. However, you should always strive to be as accurate as…read more

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Semester Goal Setting Tips

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Goal setting is something very beneficial that you should do at the start of each semester. It helps you formulate  ambitions that will keep you driven and gets you to actively plan out strategies to reach those goals. When you are setting semester goals it is crucial to not just think about things you feel would be fun or important to do, but rather things you can see yourself actually accomplishing. It is easy to go into a semester saying you want to join a few new clubs and make…read more

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Required Reading in College

Posted by in Accommodations & Assistive Technology

Assigned reading is a dreaded task that many students with learning differences try to avoid at all cost.  While some students might enjoy a good fiction novel from time to time, I have met only a few students both with and without learning differences who say they truly enjoy reading assigned readings from professors. No matter how “easy” of a read teachers claim the 1,000 page textbook is, students may find themselves struggling to fulfill the demands of required reading for all their classes and retain the important information. For…read more

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Cooking in College 101: Shopping

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On a college schedule no one is expecting you to cook a picture perfect meal every night. However, you can avoid eating out all the time (which can get expensive and is usually unhealthy) or prevent yourself from having to create patchwork meals out of random ingredients by buying the right groceries each week. The first big step to buying the right food items to fit your needs is to plan ahead. It’s important and time/money efficient to have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack type-foods planned out before you even…read more

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Cooking in College 101: Tips

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Naturally, eating is essential; we have to do it to function and stay alive. However, going from having your parents cook for you to living on campus with the convenience of a dining hall to finally having to cook on your own in an apartment can be a scary, scary thought. Learning to cook on your own can be stressful. “Will what I cook taste okay?” Or, “How cheap can I eat and still be healthy?” are just two of an endless stream of questions that may come to mind…read more

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Walter and Marie Williams’ STEPP Program

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When students are diagnosed with a learning disability they often have a limited amount of accommodations and support offered to them in school. From the time they are diagnosed to the day they graduate high school, the typical support they receive is governed by a 504 plan or IEP. This requires a meeting with teachers and parents each year to discuss with the student what is needed for him/her to be successful throughout the year. After the meeting, school professionals are required to assist students with the determined accommodations and…read more

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