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Category: College Life

Nadira Berman

How To Minimize Distractions While Studying

The most important part of studying is maintaining focus on the material. If you find a way to do work with minimal distractions, then you will get a lot more done. Here are my best tips for staying on task.

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Myka Yamasaki

Perks of a Small College

Have you considered going to a small liberal arts college as opposed to a large university? Well if you haven’t, here are a few characteristics of liberal arts colleges that you should really consider!

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Myka Yamasaki

Learning for the Sake of Learning

In my personal experience, it turns out learning for the sake of learning is much more effective than being grade obsessed. When you are solely focused on a certain grade, you become burdened by numerous anxieties throughout the semester. To conquer such anxieties, you begin studying for the purpose of getting at least a certain percentage on an exam or essay. I realized since starting college that such a numbers orientated approach to my education was flawed and unproductive.

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Nadira Berman

The Best Ways To Stay Awake

Sometimes, you need to stay awake just a little bit longer, whether you have to complete an assignment, finish studying for a test, or submit a paper. And even though all you want to do is sleep, you can’t let that happen. Since we’ve all heard of drinking coffee and taking power naps, here are some of the lesser-known ways to keep alert enough to do schoolwork.

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Nadira Berman

What To Do When You Can’t Get A Summer Internship

So you applied to some summer internships, but you didn’t get any of them. Don’t worry about it too much and don’t be too hard on yourself. When you’re in high school or the early years of college, it can be difficult to find internships because most of us lack experience.

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Nadira Berman

The Best And Worst Study Spots

Where you study plays a very big role in how well you study. In some locations, you can be extremely productive, while in others you end up sleeping, being distracted, or just getting in a bad mood. Here are great spots to work in, and spots to avoid at all costs.

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Nadira Berman

College vs. High School: Homework

One of the biggest academic differences between high school and college is the homework. In college, professors assign homework in a different way and they have different expectations. Therefore, your whole routine of doing homework will be very unlike your routine in high school.

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Myka Yamasaki

Looking Past College Labels

As college admissions become more and more competitive, it seems as though many people are becoming more and more determined to get the coveted spots at premier institutions of higher education. This phenomenon appears to be especially true for those targeting universities with names that are recognized by anyone. No doubt, such schools do provide a great quality of education, but it is important to know that the college labels are not what determines that quality.

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Elise Gout

Extra Curriculars: College v. High School

There’s something of a precedent set for how to “succeed” in high school extra curriculars. Step 1: sign up for everything. Step 2: somehow attend all of the meetings (spoiler alert: you won’t be able to). Step 3: try to run for president of all of them because that’s what’s “expected” if you want a chance at getting into a “top” school… (side rant: a top school should be the school that’s best for you – not what the likes of Princeton Review deems worthy).

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Nadira Berman

How To Survive Cutthroat Academic Competition

As an Ivy League student, I’ve learned a lot about how to survive in an academically competitive environment. I’m a very uncompetitive person, so dealing with some of my hyper-ambitious classmates sometimes took a toll on me. But I came out of first semester alive! Here’s the main thing to remember:

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