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How to Stay Happy in the Cold Season

Fall is almost upon us, and with that comes the shortening of days and frigidity in the air. Gone are those long, hot, and sunny summer days, and people are often left depressed in its wake. There is a name for the blues some people experience in the colder months; seasonal affective disorder (SAD). When left unchecked, it can lead to serious depression and a whole host of issues, so…
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Surviving the First Year of College

College can be tough, especially for freshmen coming in to a new environment. It can be overwhelming living alone for the first time, and the freedom combined with responsibility can prove to be a heady mix. Many have crumbled under the pressure of the first-year of college, but you don’t have to. Start by investing some time in becoming organized. Buy a planner, download an app, and mark your calendars,…
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Stay Fit This Fall

Summer is almost over, and that means fall keggers, pumpkin spice everything, and tailgating with wings, shots, and carbs. Packing on the pounds gets easier the more we cover up with clothes, and before we know it, we can’t fit into our summer daisy dukes for the Halloween party. Here are some tips on how to avoid the cool weather weight gain that inevitably seems to creep up: 1. Make…
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NYQ thinks Unemployed Professors “should burn in hell”

According to a threatening email my company received today, Ray Hammond thinks I should "burn in hell" for starting this site and hopes that I "choke on [my] money." This message was sent from his official email account at the New York Quarterly, a non-profit and poetry publication.   Instead of responding to this highly unpoetic message in kind, I am choosing to be the bigger person in this situation and…
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Creative writing can improve your communication skills

In today’s day and age, people have the ability to engage in a more diverse range of hobbies than ever before. Some are physical activities, things like yoga and Zumba, which challenge the body and contribute to bodily health. Others, such as interactive gaming, stimulate the mind and, if interactive, create social situations for people who may otherwise be more introverted in their everyday lives. A hobby that’s been around…
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Student Financial Aid

As students finalize their decision on the college that they will attend, begin the arduous process of making living arrangements, in conjunction to deciding on the materials that they will bring with them, they will be presented with an experience that some have yet to encounter –the financial aid process. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), deciding on how much money to take out in loans, determining…
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How to Set Manageable College Goals

College is a huge concept in our society. People start planning for it before their children are born, kids grow up hearing myths about it starting almost in kindergarten, and every day of high school seems geared towards the SAT’s and job readiness. With such high stakes, how is it possible to get through day-to-day life in a way that helps you maximize what you’re getting out of your education?…
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More networking tips for shy students

Last fall, I blogged about some networking tips for the shy student. Now it’s a new year, a new term, and I have a whole new set of tips for you today. If you followed my advice, hopefully last term you made some friends, networked online, got in good with your professors, and made some social goals. Here are some challenges for you. Hang out in the laundry room. No,…
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Students – Make tomorrow suck less

One of the most useful things I’ve ever come across is the “Unfuck your habitat” (UFYH) site. This site is full of small fixes and even an app. The fundamental idea underlying it is the Pareto principle, as well as the idea that small changes add up over time, because it’s important to change your habits. However, one shortcoming I have found with it is that it is focused a…
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How to talk to your college professor

Believe it or not, professors are people too. Nerdy, boring people, yes, but people nonetheless. And most of them actually love to hear from students. Most of the time, I am happy to sit down with students and clarify expectations about an assignment, content for the course, or just shoot the shit and talk about their educational experiences and goals. Not only is this a great way to network and…