How not to look like a freshman

The last couple of weeks we’ve been offering good suggestions on how first-year students can cope at college. From how to make new friends to how to avoid the dreaded Freshman 15.

Since you’re probably already have a month of college under your belt, we’ll offer one final list of suggestions – how not to look like a freshman — from our friends at Hack College and the College Bound Network.

Don’t get lost
That may be easier said than done for those of you attending a large campus. But, there are ways to know where you’re going so you don’t look like a freshman dork. Download the campus map onto your phone. Or print the PDF of the map, which should be online, and keep it in your pocket.

If you’re lost, ask directions
Yes, if you ask you’ll be exposed as a not-knowing-where-you’re-going freshman. But, you’ll look even worse if you wander around campus for hours trying to find your class and end up missing it. Or sitting in the wrong class then having to leave when you find out its anatomy and physiology and you’re a broadcast communications major.

50thFinalLose the high school T-shirts
It was cool to wear the “Seniors Rock” shirt when you were a high school senior, but you’ll look dopey if you wear it on campus. Better yet, lose that shirt and replace it with one from your campus bookstore.

Don’t try so hard to look fly
You may have been excited to wear your new school clothes to college and use your new pens and notebooks. But the truth is, no one really cares what you wear to class. If you haven’t really looked at your classmates, take a look. As long as your clothes are clean, you’re good to go.

Don’t go too crazy on posters
Too many posters on your wall will just look cluttered and make your room look flimsy. Pick only those posters that accurately communicate your interests and passions.

If you have any other suggestions just let us know.


The Freshman 15 – here’s how to avoid it

We know you already have lots of worry about: Going to class. Studying hard. Making new friends. Trying out new student clubs and organizations. Getting along with your roommate. And we don’t mean to add to your stress, but there is something else you should think about: Gaining extra weight.

After all, it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds when you get to college.  You’re out of your regular routine — maybe eating at different times or different foods – and you haven’t started to or continued your workout. Plus, most schools have an all-you-can eat dining hall, which makes it too tempting to eat too much.

But, there are ways to avoid that extra weight gain. CNN offers suggestions on how to can avoid the extra weight:

Maintain some structure
Nutritionists suggest eating three meals and two to three snacks (healthy snacks) each day to keep your eating habits on track and your calorie intake under control.

PhotoForSept25PostDon’t overdo it in the dining hall
Just because you can have all the food you want doesn’t mean you should. To avoid extra weight, fill your plate up with healthy options such as salad, grilled chicken, a hamburger without the bun, cooked vegetables, fresh fruit.

Don’t give in to peer pressure
Let’s face it. Lots of activities revolve around food. If your classmates are heading to a local pizza place after class, either opt out or go along but have only two slices and fill out on salad. It’s easy to overdo it when you’re with friends.

Be wary of liquid calories
Many of us don’t think about all of the calories in beverages (beer), but they’re there. Also, people tend to eat poorly when they’re drinking, so it’s doubly bad. Instead, drink water, diet soda or unsweetened iced tea.

Keep junk food at bay
Instead of keeping potato chips or candy bars in your room, stock up on fresh fruit, granola bars and yogurt.

Join the gym
Many colleges have great workout facilities. Take advantage of the equipment there and all of the other fun offerings such as hiking, swimming, skiing, rock climbing, yoga and biking.

Lisa Ferguson from TYT University also has some suggestions you can watch:


Work out to one of these 30 best workout songs

Let’s face it. It’s not always easy to get to the gym to work out or go for a run or walk outside. But good music can keep you going and pumped. Our pals at Lifehack offer 30 of the best workout songs to keep you going.

Here is a sampling of their list:

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

“It’s my Life” by Bon Jovi

“We Will Rock You” by Queen

“Firework” By Katy Perry

“Good Life” by OneRepublic

“Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

“Enter Sandman” by Metallica

“Gonna Fly Now” (the soundtrack to Rocky) by Bill Conti

“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
Of course, we have some of our own favorites:

“Roar” by Katy Perry

“Don’t Stop the Party” by Pitbull and TJR

“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

“On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez

“Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine

“I Run for Life” by Melissa Etheridge

What are the songs that get you pumped for a good workout? Let us know.

Stay healthy in college by using these 10 things

It’s not always easy to stay healthy while you’re in college. College students often don’t eat right, drink enough water, or get enough sleep.

However, USA Today College list 10 must-haves for you to stay healthy:

1. Lunchbox
School dining halls aren’t open 24/7. So you may find that you’re skipping a meal or two because of your hectic class schedule. But, going without food is not a good idea, and it won’t help you stay focused. So, carry a lunchbox. No, we don’t mean those gooney square metals ones your parents carried to school. There are lots of non-gooney and useful designs out there.

2. Food storage containers
These will help you keep food fresh.

3. Electric water kettle
Having one of these will enable you to have hot coffee or tea (or cup of soup) when you need it. Just make sure beforehand that you can bring one to your school.

4. Resistance bands
If you’re afraid to run into one of your professors (or an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend) in the gym, keep resistance bands or other small fitness equipment in your room.

5. Sleep mask
There is no way you can succeed in school if you don’t get enough sleep.  A sleep mask can you help get the Z’s you need.

6. A good pair of athletic shoes
Many campuses are huge, which means you’ll be walking a lot to get from class to class. Invest in a good pair of shoes.

7. Vitamins
Taking a multivitamin daily will ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need, which you may not be getting from food.

8. Water bottle
In addition to staying well fed you also need to stay hydrated. Having a water bottle with you – and there are some that are pretty stylish – will enable you to get the fluids you need.

PhotoForSept.18Post9. SPF moisturizer
Most of us don’t think we need sunscreen unless we’re at the beach. But, if you’re going to be outside for a long time – outdoor study session, car wash fundraiser, tailgate party, mid-afternoon football game or Frisbee competition – you’re going to have to protect your skin for the sun’s harmful rays.

10. Hand sanitizer
Imagine all of the germs that live on a college campus. Wait. It’s probably better that you don’t. Instead, just keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your backpack or purse so you can kill those little buggers that hang out on door knobs, desk and other commonly used surfaces.

5 friends to keep in college

You gotta have friends, right?

Last week, we gave you suggestions on how to make new friends when you get to college. Today we pass along tips from USA Today College about the five friends you need to keep in college.

1. The social butterfly
The social butterfly or SB is the guy or gal who knows how and where to have fun and all of the right people to have fun with.  The SB will already have a bunch of friends and will be happy to introduce you to all of them.

2. The thinker
When you need to have a serious conversation, when you want to ponder the beginning of the universe, the thinker is your go-to girl (or guy). The thinker will also be the one who will question you or prompt you to question yourself.

PhotoForSept16Post3. The madman
The madman or manwoman is the SB and the thinker wrapped up into one crazy, full-speed-ahead person. But be wary. For your own mental health – and the health of your grades – you should only hang with the mad(wo)man only once in a while.

4. The gunner
You probably already have experience with gunners in high school. They’re the honor students, the best and the brightest. In college, they’re the ones who are always on the dean’s list, will graduate summa cum laude and get into an Ivy League school. So, why be friends with them? They’ll challenge you and push you to do more and be better. And that is a good thing.

5. The best
These are the best friends. They’re the ones who will stick by you no matter what, keep all your secrets, and will accept you now matter how weird you may get at times.

Good luck, friend.

6 tips to help you make new friends in college

You were all excited about starting college. Getting a fresh academic start. Moving away from home.  Maybe even moving to an entirely different area. Meeting new people. It all sounds great, right?

But then you get to campus and realize you don’t really know anyone. What do you do now? How do you make new friends? PhotosForSept.11Post

Don’t fret. Our pals at Hack College have six tips that will help you.

Don’t stress out
While you’ll need to study and work hard, college is also supposed to be fun. Relax. Enjoy this new environment where you have a lot of freedom and not a lot of responsibility. (Other than studying and doing well. OK. We already mentioned that.)

Get to know your roommate early
You don’t have to wait until move in day to get to know your roommate or suitemates. When you get your housing assignment, you’ll also get the names and contact information of the people who will be living with you. Contact them and get your relationship started now.

Get a job
This will give you another opportunity to meet people.

Go to the gym
Hitting the treadmill or working out with some weights is a great chance to meet new friends. Or, you can join an aerobics, spinning or martial arts class.

SecondPhotoForSept11PostJoin campus clubs
Each school offers a wide variety of clubs and organizations, whether you want to pledge a sorority or fraternity, are interested in an academic-related club, or want to join a special-interest group of some sort. Pick one (or two or three) and make some new friends.

Stay safe
Remember to choose your new friends carefully because they will be the ones who probably influence you the most. If you want to avoid risky behavior – drinking, drugs and unsafe sex – you’ll need to find friends who don’t want to participate in them either.

College Buzz TV offers some additional suggestions:

5 tips to help your student make the college transition

Now that the semester has started, we’re here to help you help your son or daughter as he/she continues to make that transition to college. Last week, we offered some suggestions on how you can help him/her deal with homesickness.  Today, we have some tips on how you can help him/her make the transition to college.

Once again, is the source of these five tips to help you help them. EditedPhotoForSept9Post

Know your role
You’re the parent. That’s the role you play best. You’re not the professor. In order for your son or daughter to learn how to handle classroom situations, he/she has to deal with them on his/her own. That means you shouldn’t interfere, no matter how tempting it might be.

Be your student’s rudder
In other words, help guide your students so they can make decisions on their own. Making the decisions for them won’t help their development or boost their confidence level.

Teach time management
They’ll need to learn how to manage academic and social responsibilities. Help them by providing them with the resources they’ll need. It may be as simple as buying them a date planner.

Ask great questions
Your students need to figure out issues and problems on their own. So, instead of telling them what to do, ask them questions that will help them figure out what they should do all on their own. If you always gives your students the answers, they won’t know how or where to find them on their own.

Give them a little nudge
Encourage them to get involved on campus. Many studies show that students who are involved on campus do better in school.

Good luck.