Posts Tagged ‘college freshman’

How to Pick a Major

Friday, June 6th, 2014
College Major

College Major

Picking a major can become a daunting task for many students, especially when you feel pressured to make this choice your freshman year in college as you sign up for classes that will put you on track for your major’s requirements. Whether the problem is that you have too many interests or your goal is to obtain a “useful” degree that will increase your employment chances on graduation, there are many factors to consider. I will try to address some of them here.

A lot of the time, students head into their freshman year with a preconceived notion of what they will be majoring in. However, universities have hundreds and even thousands of courses, many of which are in fields you may not have explored before now, or even have heard of before now.  Don’t feel like you have to settle down in your studies immediately. Sure, take classes in subject areas you enjoy, but it may be worth it (yes, even academically) to try something new. You could end up unearthing a passion you never knew existed. (more…)

Things to Think About Before College

Monday, April 7th, 2014

200521845-001Don’t Fret your Freshman Year

For now there are many decisions that loom in your future.  Let them be in the future.  Take in the massive change that’s already happening to you, just as a Freshman in a new school, having new experiences and learning new things.  Mind you, this is not an excuse to not work, to not plan, to not make something of the year, but try and take some time to enjoy and soak in what is happening around you.  Actually, taking that time to gauge all that college life has to offer both academically and socially will be of great help when you make decisions on your future.

Typically, you won’t need to decide your major for another year.  That buys you some time.  Time to figure out what your life path might be.  Time to find out if you want to move on to grad school or law school.  Time to begin to think about what you want to gain from your time at college. (more…)

How to Make the Most Out of Your Last Semester of High School

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Colleges do revoke admissions decisions.  That said, it is uncommon.  The high school senior should of course keep up her grades in the last semester, but, honestly, not out of fear of having an admission decision revoked.  Keep up your grades because that’s the kind of character you have and want to foster, not because of some unreasonably placed fear towards admissions counselors.  Avoid senioritis because senioritis is stupid and you aren’t.  Let that be that.

(For parents, actually has a pretty decent article on helping your son or daughter avoid senioritis.) (more…)

How to Avoid Gaining the Freshman Fifteen, Part I

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Vegetables via Flickr: TheGirlsNY

“The Freshman Fifteen.” It’s a phrase that strikes dread into the hearts of seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds across the nation; a seemingly-unavoidable weight gain that no one is safe from. Here’s some sensible advice on avoiding it.

First of all, don’t freak out about it.

Half of maintaining a healthy weight is what you put into your mouth, yes, but the other half is what goes on in your head (ok, maybe those percentages aren’t exact, but you get the idea). Worrying too much about what you’re eating, and spending too much time obsessing over food and diets is a time-tested way to build an unhealthy relationship with food, which usually leads to unhealthy eating habits, which, regardless of whether they tend towards too much or too little, won’t make you look or feel good. The Freshman Fifteen is not some magical curse that will come upon you, no matter what you do, it’s the very predictable result of putting more cupcakes, pizza, and probably beer into your body than your body can get rid of. If you don’t do that, it won’t happen, and if it does happen, you can undo it with healthier eating habits and by being more active. It’s the whole “calories in/calories burned” math thing, not some horrible environmental side-effect of living in a dorm (though it can sometimes feel that way). (more…)