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Freshman Year - What You Need to Know

As you make the big transition from high school to college, there are some important things you need to know to make your freshman year a success.

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Make Yourself Over During Your Transition to College

Leave that high school label behind and take advantage of your new college life and re-define yourself!

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Facing Freshman Fears

College life is fun and exciting, but it can also bring on some anxiety about finding friends, acing your academics, and paying for college.

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Confessions of a Freshman Co-ed

Read one freshman co-ed's thought as she makes the transition to college....

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You've Been Accepted to College -- Now What?!

So, you've recently been accepted to college! You're set... all you need to know about living away from home will be dropped in your lap, right? Think again.

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From Savvy Senior To Fledgling Freshman

The secrets of the hallowed institutions of higher education. If someone had sat me down and told me the lesser-known facts, the truths would have saved me from hours of heartache. Now it's your turn to sit down and get ready to learn...

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Top 10 Things To Do Before College

Preparing for college can involve more than just packing your stuff. In addition to buying books, arranging course schedules, and shopping for dorm supplies, here are 10 more things you simply MUST DO before college.

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The Laundry Quandary

You've embraced your new identity as a full-fledged adult, except for one thing - that gargantuan pile of laundry that is uncontrollably busting out of the closet, stuffed surreptitiously under the bed, draped over the new computer, and blocking the pathway to the mini-fridge.

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How To NOT Look Like a Freshman

There are several telltale signs of a first-year student. I'll clue you in to what they are, how to avoid them, and ways to spare yourself the indignity of losing face in front of your friends...

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From Small Town to Large University: What's a freshman to do?

College is a big change for any student, particularly those who decide to make the transition from a small town to a large university. Here are a few simple tips and keep-on-the-brain advice to make your first semester at college a little easier.

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Reflections on My Freshman Year

The building we pulled up to didn't look much like home. It struck me as more of a miniature hotel. I scanned the row of windows lined up perfectly and symmetrically on both sides of the building's third story like a configuration of soldiers, wondering which one would be my new home for the next nine months as a college freshman.

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Making the Most of Week One at College

Freshman year can be tough. Take it from these students who've "been there, done that" to make sure the first week of your freshman year doesn't turn out to be a bummer...

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Finding New Friends at College

Amidst the overload of information on class schedules, cafeteria food, and dorm rooms, the first week of freshman year is also filled with a sea of new faces and awkward introductions. Everyone is anxious to settle into the new environment, and finding new friends is one of the easiest ways to become more comfortable in college. Though not everyone will become your best pal, there are some ways to turn amiable greetings into lifelong friendships.

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College Culture Shock

The transition from high school to college can be quite a shock. After all, between homesickness, roommates, and new classes, there's a lot to take in. Will you know how to deal?

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25 Ways to Survive Freshman Year (Without Starving)

Find out how to prepare for -- and handle -- your college finances.

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Admissions Office Q&A: The Dos and Don'ts of College Preparation

Scott Novak, former assistant director of admissions at St. John's University, discusses the dos and don'ts of preparing for your move to college.

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Advice for First-Generation College Students

Being the first in your family to attend college is a major accomplishment. It can also be a major challenge.

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