Socializing 101 in College

By Ashley Fortune, CollegeFindMe Intern

Goodbye High School, and Hello College! As an up and coming freshman, College is a whole different experience than the last four years endured with your childhood friends. Now, you’re living in a dorm, away from home, even if you are close, you’re finally receiving that long waited independence. Also, there’s one other thing that college has that your old high school doesn’t, and that’s a bunch of new people! Depending on who you are, this may be the most exciting or the most intimidating experience you’ve faced in your life. Don’t worry though! Whether you are an avid socialite or a quiet introvert, here are some social tips to help you start friendships with your new peers.

Go Out!

Look out for all the hot spots on campus every weekend. Start talking to people on your dorm floors. Talk to people in classrooms. Start a nice chat in the cafeteria. Don’t be afraid to small talk at sporting events. Even give a small “hello” in the corridors. Go out with groups to parties or alone in the library to help meet someone who will catch your eye. Even if you’re not the social butterfly, try stepping out of your bubble. Again, this isn’t high school anymore. College is a place of independence, so use it wisely. As the new student in campus, you never know who you’ll meet along the way. Keep your eyes and your options open to meeting new people.

Slow and Steady

Take your time with every new friendship. There’s literally no rush into making new friends. Take some time to engage yourself with other people. Get to know every person individually when you have the chance, in order to have an individualized friendship with each one.  You don’t know everyone on campus like in high school, so don’t try to make them like your high school friends either. College is a new scene with new opportunities. Slow and steady always wins the race when it comes to making a new friend!


Be Open

Remember, the people on campus won’t have the same personalities or mindsets as your old high school peers. Therefore, don’t be afraid to meet a whole range of new people! Everyone from the popular athlete to the shy bookworm could introduce you to so many perspectives and adventures. Be willing to be introduced by roommates, and don’t be shy to introduce yourself.  With this being said, don’t change your expectations for these new people as well. Friends are a reflection of how you see yourself, and how you treat yourself. Overall, go into college with the same morals and values that you held for yourself since the beginning, and the right friends that you meet will respect them accordingly.

Stay True To Yourself

The best personality trait that you could bring into your next four years is to be you. People are drawn to genuineness, and it shows truly. If you feel like you’re becoming someone you’re not familiar with, move on and find a new crowd. Be honest and open with those you care about, love the perspective of yourself that you’ve made, surround yourself with great people and embrace yourself!

Be Safe

Never be afraid to say “No” to the things that you don’t want to do. Stay in your comfort zone. Be responsible and know your limits. College can truly be a fun experience, but it’s good to keep in mind a few tips to keep you and others safe over the years. Stray away from the crowds that are unsettling, and surround yourself with people who want the best for you always.

Final Thoughts: Have Fun!

College can be both a fun and an intimidating experience for everyone, which it’s why it’s important to go into every social experience with an open mind but a few tips alongside you. Whether you find yourself at a large urban university or a small rural scene, remember, have fun, be safe and be true to yourself!

Now, go out and happy socializing!

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Coping With College Decision Letters

By Jobed Elien, CollegeFindme Intern

Rejections, acceptances, and waitlist are all an essential part of the college process. Many of us will face one of these decisions in our path towards a college education. Now while you may juggle a combination of the three, it is critical how you handle these decisions. In this blog, I’m going to give you a list of ideas that can help you cope with the hardest of these potential results: rejections and waitlists. Believe me or not but each option has its pros and cons depending on the person and their situation. Let’s dive in!

The Collateral Beauty Behind Rejection

Now let’s start with rejection letters. Yes, they may seem bad based on the fact that you are being denied the chance of attending that given university. Yet, it is important to know that there are many reasons why the decision came out the way it did. It may just be that you as a person do possess the qualities they’re looking for. Now, here is the plan. So what should you do? Rather than continuing to weep and cry about not getting in, use the rejection to help give you another perspective. You are amazing! Remember that, and continue your college application process. Some benefits from being rejected from a school could be based on the location of the school, financial aid, school size, and many more factors. Sometimes getting accepted to a school means that you will have to overlook other great schools. It also narrows downs your options which isn’t necessarily bad because then you can focus on fewer schools.

Regarding waitlists, there are also many benefits that people may not take into consideration when it comes to receiving this letter. When getting waitlisted, it’s the school needing more time to decide whether or not you’re going to be a good fit into their institute. This can allow you to also re-evaluate your college list and revisit the factors needed for a successful time in college. Also, by acknowledging that you are still among the applicant pool, you can continue being hopeful. Notably, colleges would like to see that you’re continuing to show your dedication to the school by taking part in some of their outreach opportunities.

Final Note

So when being declined or waitlisted, do not automatically assume the worst because it won’t help the situation. If you decide to use some of these suggestions when receiving these decisions it will help you cope with your situation.

Remember, that you are as great as anyone else in that pool. If a college fails to recognize your worth as both a student and person, then so be it. Besides, they’re the ones missing out: you’ll find a school that is just as great, and maybe better!

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Necessities For College

Necessities for College

By Jay KC, CollegeFindme Intern

College is a new thing for everyone that goes through, so naturally, there are a bunch of unexpected things you need for it. I am here to tell you about some essential items to bring that will make this process more comfortable for you guys. These items will range from some of the obvious things to some of the more obscure things.

First Aid Kit

The first, and most important, necessity you need for college is a first aid kit. You never know what is going to happen at college, and it’s always good to have back up plans. A first kit aid is a health back up plan. If you ever happen to get a cut, a burn, or a fall, the first aid kit would have everything you need to address the issue. Instead of going to find a nurse or clinic, you can fix the problem yourself. There are plenty of places to buy first aid kits, and sometimes you can make them yourselves so it would fit more of your typical health problems.

Toilet Paper

This might seem like something weird, but trust me this might be the best tip from this article. Colleges typically supply their students with only one-ply toilet paper. If you are someone who despises one-ply toilet paper, this tip is going to come in handy. If you are someone who prefers one-ply toilet paper, then I am going to have to question if you are a monster. Always keep the two-ply toilet paper near your toiletry, so whenever you have to run to the communal bathroom, you can take it with you. This will help prevent you from the discomforts of weak toilet paper.

Snacks

I know you might wonder why would you need snacks if universities offer plenty of them, but you still want to make sure you have some food that you enjoy. Some universities don’t provide the best snacks, so keeping some with you will ensure you have food to eat that you like. The best part is you get to keep it in your room so you wouldn’t have to travel all the way to a food hall or somewhere else to grab snacks if you are the hungry. This advantage serves best for a midnight snack where you can just get up walk a couple feet, eat quickly, and go back to bed.

Chargers

Everyone in college has an electronic that needs charging. That is why having chargers is vital in college. As a student, you likely will have a minimum of two electronics with you that need charging: a phone and a computer. The phone to stay in touch with your friends and the computer to store your notes, assignments, and Netflix. That means you need to have chargers with you at all times to keep these items going. To be safe, I would keep backups for both in case one of them breaks, or one of them gets lost.

Laundry Detergent

In college, one of the sad realities you face is that you have to remind yourself to do laundry, do your own laundry, fold your own clothes, iron them, and put them in drawers. At home, we would do certain parts of these, but not always all of them. One thing a lot of people tend to forget in this whole process is the laundry detergent. It is something our parents tend to buy, so it is always there for us. But, going to college means that you have to remember to purchase laundry detergent yourself.

Bottle(s) of Water

Now that you’re in a dorm, water might not be accessible like it was at your house. Sure, there might be a fountain down the hall from you, but continuously getting up every time you are thirsty to drink from a fountain is an annoying hassle. To avoid a situation like this, try to keep a big pack of waters or a water bottle that you regularly fill up to keep in your room. That will help avoid the multiple trips to the water fountain and keep you hydrated at all times.

The list of college essentials could go on and on, but I picked the ones that I feel like are the most important to people. Personally, I will definitely find myself using water, snack, and toilet paper tips because I am someone who doesn’t like being put in an inconvenient situation. Hope this list can give you a tip on the things you may want to bring!

Finding Ways to Manage Academics and Athletics

 

By Jobed Elien, CollegeFindme Intern

While finding time between sports and school is somewhat tricky, there are tips that you can follow to manage the task. Personally, there were times where I had to deal with trying to prioritize sports and school. I was getting overwhelmed: juggling the demanding workload of school. So what should you do? Find your peace. This blog will explore some of the ways that you can make something as tricky as managing sports and schoolwork somewhat manageable.

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CollegeFindMe Tips on Being an Upperclassmen

By Jay KC

My life as an upperclassman has consisted of stressing, no sleeping, and procrastinating. Let me just say; this is not the way to go about being an upperclassman. Although it has turned out fine for me so far, my health isn’t the best. That is why I am going to give you guys some advice on how to be a better upperclassman than I.

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The Major Decision: What Should You Study?

 

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

Major What?

The question that any senior could ponder for hours is a simple one:

“What do you want major in?”

There are so many possibilities that it may seem like you’re dealing with Quantum Physics. However, this will in no way cement your future. Besides, who knows what they will focus on for the rest of their lives? Just like how you are always changing and growing, so are your interests and passions.

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The College Interview: Time to Show Off!

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

Interview of Academics

At this point, you are more or less a pro in interviews. You know how to use your million dollar smile. You have the jokes. You have the flair. You have it all. But a college interview is a whole new ballgame. Imagine if regular interviews were the seasonal games of a sport. College interviews would be the all-star game – you have to prepare to shine, or else you’ll be out shined by other elite players.

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