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8 Unwritten Rules Of College Life

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Among the common college myths — you’ll gain 15 pounds; you’ll hate your roommates — are the little truths that apply to nearly everyone. Though conventional and seemingly effortless, these eight unsaid rules will help you survive college and enjoy it to its fullest:

Ask Before You Borrow

Whether your roommates’ shoes or your classmates’ notes, always ask before you borrow. And just asking doesn’t cut it — you have to receive an affirmative reply. (It’s astonishing how many people don’t get that.) Realize that though you may have grown up sharing with your friends and siblings, some people have never had someone want to use their stuff. Letting you borrow their belongings — large or small — is a tremendous deal to them. Respect their stance; it’s not up to you to teach them how to share.

Clean Up After Yourself

Don’t be that oblivious roommate who doesn’t realize it drives everyone else crazy that you leave your stuff everywhere or never make your bed. Also don’t assume if you make a mess someone will clean it up for you. If everyone does their part, there will be no drama or dirty dorm.

Put Away Valuables

Even if you trust your roommates, an iPad, $20 bill or gold ring left out can easily go missing. Friends, people across the hall and their friends are always popping in and out of room chats, especially if you leave the door open in order to be social (another unwritten rule). Sometimes it’s because they mistook something of yours for theirs; other times it’s because what you left out was too tempting to leave behind.

Plan Ahead

Live in the moment, yes, but also be aware of your future. Plan for next year. Look at your syllabus to see what’s due next month. Research jobs online. Talk to your guidance counselor about internships and double majors. College may seem like a bunch of easy-going people around your age, but in reality it’s full of go-getters. Join them or you’ll be left behind.

Think Before You Speak

People from all across the country — and in most cases the world — are gathered together in one place called college. The background and experiences of everyone will be different, which can lead to opposing opinions and unique thought processes. Try to be open minded before you make bold statements or accusations. It’s likely there’s someone in your classroom or activity group who sees things differently than you.

Take Care of Yourself

It’s OK to go to your parents for help, a professor for questions, a friend for advice. There are guidance counselors, mentors and all sorts of helpful resources available for you during college life. Use them. But, take care of you. Do what you know is right for you, whether it’s skipping out early on a party because you need your rest or saying no thanks to pizza every night. Create a healthy balance between your school, social, personal and family life.

Do Your Part

If you know you’re going to miss class, do your part to make up for it. Don’t just assume you can snatch the notes from a classmate or ask the professor “if you missed anything.” Of course you did, he or she just gave a two hour lecture. Around the house, in group projects and with your friends do your part. Pick up after yourself. Take your fair share and do it. Put in the effort needed and then a little more.

Be Mindful of Others

Your morning shower should be only be 20 minutes. Don’t complain about grades or money when someone close to you may be struggling with much worse. Even if your roommates want to go to bed at a ridiculous time, give him or her a break and honor the request. Be mindful of others; it’s a rule in college that will get you through the rest of your life.

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  1. Phil

    May 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I wish me and my room mates adhered to these rules back in college! It would have stopped many of the fights we had!

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Your Term Paper Is Due Next Week And You Haven’t Started It Yet. What Should You Do?

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College experience comes with a lot of fun and activity. With the classes, coursework, group engagements, extracurricular activities, social nights and all of the adventure in between, it’s no wonder why college is often one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

However, with the abundance of fun, play and activities comes the responsibility of having to meet deadlines for your various courses, or risk flunking out.

Have you ever been in a situation where you spent too much time partying, only to realize that you have got a lengthy term paper due next week? Or that the due date seemed like it was weeks away, so you simply put off working on the term paper for awhile?

Now it’s crunch time, and you have no idea how you’re going to meet the submission deadline.

While options like plagiarism might seem attractive, this is definitely one of the routes you do not want to take. Moreover, if you can just calm down and not panic, chances are that you can still beat the deadline. And possibly turn out a great paper too.

Here are five steps that should help you get your paper finished and turned in on time:

Step 1: Identify the main theme or objective of the term paper

Carrying out a critical evaluation of your term paper, try to understand what your professor is expecting to see at the end of the writing. This process can be identified in the term paper topic, you simply need to note the words that stand out, and grasp that all of your writing is going to surround these words.

Through this measure, you can identify the salient points of your term paper, and simply match the corresponding body of the work to answer these questions.

Step 2: Break the essay topic and important points into smaller points (i.e. into structure you could use as QAAs)

The objective of this step is to create branches from the term paper topic and main points of the paper, and break them into smaller points that can be easily answered, similar to how the structure of ‘Questions and Answers’ (QAAs) are presented.

In this manner, it would be easy to research information which directly and accurately answers the ‘Questions’, and all you have to do is present the answers in your own words.

Do not forget, once you start researching, to provide attribution or point references to the information you have used.

Step 3: Get on the web, your local library, or any platform that makes search easy

Next step, get on the web to speed-read or quickly scan through content or short paragraphs which provide answers to the smaller points outlined earlier in Step 2.

The objective here is to select one of the smaller points you have written, search for information with respect to that point, and read up on that information. If you are using the internet – one of the best options you could opt for, while taking the steps to ensure that the reference is a credible source, and could be referenced in educational content (Note: References from Wikipedia are not approved of), simply read up on the most recent information.

You can research on information from three or four different sources, note the information that’s important as well as similar, and write out a summary.

Step 4: Read through your writing and create connecting links to the information presented beneath each smaller point

It is important that while the paper is being read, it should read like the different parts leading to the total body of work. Thus, here, read through all of the paragraphs you’ve written beneath the smaller points outlined, and ensure that the content achieves flow, when it is being read.

If there are any gaps in the information presented, carry out a brief and quick search to get information that provides the connecting link. Again, remember to include references if necessary.

Step 5: Write out a compelling Conclusion

This is the final step, and it brings up an interesting point. As much as your college professor would like to read through the content of every term paper, they’re typically dealing with lots of these papers from different courses. They also have other duties – academic and otherwise, i.e. and they also have to present their own research and papers etc.

Thus, in most cases, there is usually not the time to go through the term paper and examine the work done in great detail or with a great deal of attention.

Thus, if the term paper is speed-read, one section in which they would be settling down to go through with a fine-toothed comb would be the Conclusion.

To combat this possibility, you would have to spend the time to write out a compelling and well-written conclusion.

From the earlier research and assessment done, you had a general idea of the theme of the work. The next step now is to pay complete attention to scripting out a detailed and meaningful conclusion.

Once your argument in the conclusion is infallible, you can be certain of getting a good grade for writing out a well-written term paper.

If you follow the above steps, you should be able to finish your term paper on time. But if you are really pressed for time and you don’t think you’ll be able to research and deliver the paper on time, there are essay writing companies which provide custom writing services, depending on your unique requirements. You could locate some of these writing services by using the keywords ‘custom writing uk‘.

For example, at a writing service like Writing Peak, it’s possible to place a request to have your paper written in record time. Though, the likely catch is you might expect to pay a premium. Alternatively, you could schedule to have your paper written in advance once the topic has been approved. This way, you can put it out of your mind and focus on other activities that require immediate attention.. like that upcoming frat party.

Good luck!

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For those of you who don’t know, I went back to college last semester, as I work towards getting a degree in Computer Science. And I’m happy to report that I rocked my Finals. But like they say, there’s no rest for the weary, as the spring semester kicks off next […]

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ASU’s Alpha Phi Recruitment Video Makes Me Want To Go Back To College

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The sisters of Alpha Phi at Arizona State University have just released their sorority recruitment video, and I think I want to re-enroll in college.. Seriously, why didn’t girls look like this when I was in school?!

Last year’s University of Miami Delta Gamma video went viral and became an Internet sensation, garnering millions of views and putting DG on the map. So the Alpha Phi girls snagged the same production company to create another over-the-top video for them, and the results speak for themselves.

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Not content to play second fiddle, these girls decided to go for broke, and it did not disappoint! We’re talking hot air balloons, cliff jumping, hiking, and even a freaking helicopter ride! This video puts the USC Alpha Phi video to shame, and I think other sororities will have their work cut out of them if they hope to one-up them.

I’ve always wondered how these sororities afford these Michael Bay-esque productions. They must do some serious fundraising.. or have some rich daddies. 🙂

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