Posts Tagged ‘college lifestyle’

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…)

Is Greek Life Right for Me?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

4 Questions

Sorority House

Sorority House

Perhaps the first thing to note when asking yourself whether you should join a fraternity or a sorority at college is the tradition you’ll be involved in.  The first college fraternity to use Greek letters was founded at The College of William & Mary in 1776.  Phi Beta Kappa wasn’t much like the typical fraternity today, though, as its honorary membership was mostly restricted to seniors, and to faculty who convened for literary exercises.  Then in the 1830s fraternities started to really take off, popping up around the nation.  This was the beginning of “Greek life” as we know it today, with its headline-worthy initiations and its club-like mentality focused on maintaining and enhancing the societal company kept by its members. (more…)

How to Avoid Gaining the Freshman Fifteen, Part II

Sunday, January 13th, 2013


Pizza via Flickr: rob_rob2001

Pizza and Breadsticks: Buyer Beware. Both these things are delicious, but be careful, especially late at night when you’re out with friends or studying into the wee hours. These things are killer, and they are The Freshman Fifteen’s evil henchmen. They will also probably make you feel a little sick if you eat too much of them, especially breadsticks.

Don’t Let a Bad Decision Wreck a Whole Day (or Week). If you and your best friend decide that what you need at midnight is waffles with whipped cream and strawberries from the 24-hour diner, and you wake up the next day feeling remorseful, just put it behind you. Don’t let the next day turn into either a punishing gym marathon or a slippery slope of “well, I already ate that, I might as well have pizza AND breadsticks for lunch and make a day of it.” That happened, it was probably pretty enjoyable, and one meal couldn’t possibly have made an appreciable difference in your weight. That was last night, this is now, so go back to trying to make healthy decisions, just like you did before your midnight breakfast. (more…)