How to Deal with Stress in College or in Exams

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College is an exciting experience, but it also can be an incredibly stressful one. For millions of college students taking exams, making presentations to large lecture halls of their classmates, or even just dealing with a troublesome roommate, can be enough stress to cause a tension headache. Succeeding in college means dealing with stress effectively.

Before you can conquer your stress, you first have to identify what is causing it. Are you stressed because you are having a hard time getting your work done on time for classes? Or maybe your stress is directly related to taking exams which can determine a significant part of your semester grade. It could even be discomfort at the shared bathrooms that college dorms are known for. It can be just about any part of college classes or dorm life, or several parts.

Once you have identified why you feel stressed, you can begin to take steps toward either removing it or finding ways to mitigate the stress. Click to continue reading…


7 Ways College Students Waste Money

It seems that kids in college have a knack for wasting Mom and Dad’s money (or blowing every cent of a student loan meant to last all semester in the first week of classes). And it’s no wonder, considering that many kids in college are away from home and responsible for themselves (and their finances) for the first time in their lives, often with no preparation for such a cataclysmic event.

So is it your fault you’re driven to spend wastefully? Probably not. On the other hand, if you’re made aware of the potential areas that you might overspend, you have every opportunity to put a stop to the waste and stay on track financially. Here are a few areas to keep an eye on.

1. Parties. Okay, so with no parental supervision, it can be tempting to ditch out on homework and attend some of the many mixers happening all over campus. But that doesn’t mean you have to provide chips and dip for everyone. Keep the parties to a minimum and bring a token offering rather than take-out for the whole crew.

2. Eating out. You have a cafeteria and a meal plan for a reason: to keep you from spending all your money on the outrageous expense of eating out. So keep your wallet and your waistline intact by eating meals on campus, getting snacks at the grocery store (more cost-efficient than the vending machine), or even eating at home if your parents are nearby. Click to continue reading…


College Being’s Best Super Bowl Ads of 2011

Welcome to College Being’s Annual Super Bowl Ads Awards. 2011 was the year of the rappers.

Worst Addition of a Rapper: P-Diddy (Mercedes-Benz – Welcome)

Best Addition of a Rapper: Eminem (Chrysler – Imported From Detroit)

Most Useless: Chevy Cruze Facebook Status Updates

Best Casting: Doritos Guy (The Best Part)

Most Refreshing: Coca Cola: Border

Creepy As Hell: Sony Ericsson Xperia

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Things to Consider When Joining a Sorority or Fraternity

Some college students know right away that they want to be a part of the Greek system on campus while others may be a bit more hesitant to join. There are certainly a lot of stereotypes attached to fraternities and sororities, some appealing and others not-so-flattering. But if you’re willing to take the rumors and media portrayals with a grain of salt, you can approach the prospect of pledging with an open mind and weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Here are just a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to rush.

1. Obligations. Greek life will require some major commitments on your part. For one thing, you will likely have to devote several hours each week to house obligations such as gatherings, events, and charitable pursuits (not to mention “bouncing”…you’ll see). You will also be required to pay dues, the largest of which is the initiation fee, followed by payments each semester (on average, they can amount to several hundred dollars). If you simply don’t have the extra time or money, pledging may not be right for you.

2. Initiation. You’ve likely heard horror stories of hazing. Although campuses expressly prohibit any activities that could be harmful, dangerous, or illegal, it’s possible (even likely) that you will have to undergo something humiliating in order to join the brotherhood or sisterhood of your choice. When you think about it, it’s really no different than joining the military. Breaking people down and then building them up forms a strong bond of loyalty and understanding. Click to continue reading…


What to do When you miss an Exam

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It’s every student’s nightmare: you stay up till the crack of dawn cramming for an exam that’s worth a quarter of your final grade, but whoops! You forget to set your alarm clock and snooze right through it. As horrific as it may sound, this unfortunate scenario occurs more than you would think. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help salvage your grade if this were to ever happen to you. Here is what to do if you ever miss an exam:

Think-Fast. If you happen to wake up while your exam is taking place, the first thing you want to do is decide whether you have enough time to even take at least a portion of the exam. This is because it’s better to earn a 40 percent on an exam than a zero—seldom is it possible to recover from a zero, even if your other marks are high.

It may include you dashing across campus in your pajamas, but it will certainly be worth it. Take note that some professors have strict rules about attendance and test days. For example, some professors don’t allow their students to enter their classroom if a student is more than 15 minutes late for an exam. If this is the case or perhaps you live off campus and won’t be able to make it in enough time, your best bet would be to regain your composure and think about how you are going to explain this to your professor. Click to continue reading…