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College Student Stories

Hear from real college students about what really goes on campus. These college student stories will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even scare you a little, but getting these student perspectives can teach as much as most freshman orientation programs. And, if nothing else, college student stories are certainly entertaining.

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Psoriasis at College: Speaking Out

What should you do when you're living with psoriasis at college? When people ask about the condition, what should you say?

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Game It Up -- Girl Style

Champlain College student Stephanie Gelish wants to challenge both girls and guys with her video game designs.

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Defying Gravity for Good Grades in College

In order to get good grades in college, you've gotta study hard for those college tests (they're much different than high school!).

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Good Grades in College May Require Some Gravity Adjustment!

Read about a real-life aspiring NASA astronaut and how she gets those good grades in college.

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I Did a College Internship With Mickey Mouse

The Walt Disney World College Program is a powerful college internship, sprinkled with a little bit of pixie dust, and it was an irreplaceable experience for me.

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Mentoring for Success

Read on to discover just how mutually beneficial a college mentor can be.

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Smart Student Entrepreneurs

Student entrepreneurs are popping up on campuses around the nation. Check out some smart student entrepreneur endeavors!

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Turning the Corner: From College Student To Biz Whiz

College life can be tough. Put the right wheels in motion and it's possible to start a business while at college.

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College Tales of Urban Legends and Exploration

College students take on urban legends through urban exploration clubs.

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Crisis Time

It looked like my junior year of college was going to be a blast. And then one Saturday night while I was out with friends, my pager went off. It was my younger brother telling me awful news...

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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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Freshman Initiation: My Experience With the Fishbowl

It was a freshman initiation party for our swim team, and the bottles of hard alcohol nearly tripled the number of people there....

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Graves' Disease: The Jekyll and Hyde in Me

I was dismissed from college right after my freshman year with a cumulative GPA of 1.9. I'm telling this story because there just might be a legitimate reason for your crazy, flunk-out behavior that is so "not like you." It's called Graves' disease and yes, in terms of how it wreaks havoc on your life, it's as grave as it sounds.

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College Life: A Wild Ride

You've heard tales of trumped up textbook prices, Friday night de-stressing parties, and nutty professors, but at college, you never really know what to expect....

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A College Challenge: Dealing with Dyslexia

The transition to college can be tough, but dealing with dyslexia can make things more difficult. Read how one college student made it through her freshman year and how you can too.

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My First Week at Harvard

Kate Rakoczy, a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY, recently began her college career at Harvard University. We connected with Kate before her journey to the prestigious school, and asked that she keep a diary of her first-week experiences to share with us....

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Brandon's Story

"It all started on the night I had my last drink. I was a sophomore in college and it was the end of Hell Week for my fraternity." -- This article is based on the real-life story of Brandon Christiansen.

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Mastering College Life After Meningitis

A college students recounts his battle with the deadly disease.

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My First 6 Days of College

For your education and entertainment, I offer you the memoirs from my first days of college life as a freshman at the University of Richmond, located, coincidentally, just outside of Richmond, Virginia.

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Should I Fly Solo or Take a Copilot?

Is it a good idea to take your best friend to college with you? Find out why (or why not).

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Love Life 101: Leaving Your High School Sweetheart Behind

When I left for college, I bid my high school sweetheart a tearful farewell through the window of my parents' stocked-full-of-college-boxes minivan. We knew it was the end, but we vowed to stay friends and call often. That was the mistake.

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Dealing With a Crisis: What They Don't Teach You in College

I was in my sophomore year at Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing, MI, when my father died on that cold, final day of January 1996. I learned that even though there is never a good time to lose a member of your immediate family, there are worse times.

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How I Found Myself in College

On my first day of college I cried. Teachers everywhere said they knew me from when I was "this big," as they gestured a flat hand out below their waist. And yet none of them really knew me at all.

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Cool College Gigs

Check out this blast from CB Teen past! Three college students discuss their unusual -- and very cool -- part-time jobs.

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Early Out

My journey to graduating early -- a year early -- has taught me how to commit to goals, manage time, and at the same time, maintain a social life.

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Living in Lunch Land

No classroom prepares you for hairnets. College is supposed to be a place brimming with new experiences. It's all about higher learning, forming friendships, gaining independence, creating a future, and busting your butt for some extra cash. What? Work?! Why on earth would anyone willingly give up precious naptime to work? And where could a college student find a place of reasonable employment anyway?

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Personal Statement: College Lessons in Life

Read how one college student learned first-hand about acceptance...

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A Light in the Darkness

Michael Spencer isn't your average college student. Instead of cruising the Caribbean during vacation, Michael helps out disaster survivors and more by volunteering with the Red Cross. Learn more about how he does it -- and how you can too!

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Turn a Gopher Internship into Positive Experience

Alright, I confess. I was a gopher. Not the Discovery Channel "Look at the cute little rodent" type, or the "Hi, I'm Gopher, I'll be your ship's steward here on the Love Boat" kind, but instead the "Hey, could you 'go-fer' a cup of coffee for me" type of gopher. Only I wasn't called a gopher -- I was called an intern.

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The Roommate

Exactly four minutes, and the song was over. That means, in the past four hours, I had heard it 60 times. My roommate was snoring, oblivious to the strains of 'N Sync's "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" that had been emanating from her stereo for most of this early morning...

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Credit Card Debt: The $3,000 Dictionary

I'm not a person who takes things too seriously. I always see the positive side of negative situations, but my credit card debt had left me despondent.

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How Going to College Made Me Discover My Real Friends

Read how one college freshmen learned the importance of new friends...

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Skating From The Heart

Teen ice dancing champion Morgan Matthews and her family had a tough time coping with her grandmother's Alzheimer's disease. But instead of giving up, she turned her attention to raising money for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA).

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From Homeless to Campus

When Raymond Brown's 10th grade year kicked off, he was forced to move out of his house for his own well-being. But he refused to let being homeless stop him from getting into college, and instead used his football skills to land the education of his dreams.

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Teen Entrepreneur Spotlight

Have you ever walked into a store looking for something specific and been disappointed with what you found? Ever wished you could start your own business that would provide you and others like you with exactly what you need, but didn't think your idea would go anywhere? When one teen realized that card companies were ignoring her age group, she took some initiative and founded Harlem Lyrics Enterprises, Inc.

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Picking Up the Pieces: Being a Student With Cancer

Today, there are an estimated 270,000 childhood cancer survivors in the United States. CB Teen takes you inside the world of one young woman who refused to be defeated by the devastating illness.

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Laura's Struggle Against The Odds

Survivor is not just the title of a reality TV game show. It's what Laura Lippitz, a student at Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL) has proven herself to be. Having survived two brain surgeries, this young woman's heart has not hardened. Instead, she has become even stronger.

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From the Cadet Files

I stumbled upon the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship in the middle of senior year when my high school guidance counselor handed me an application....

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Sorority Life Through One Sister's Eyes

I use my experience of being in Alpha Gamma Delta on Randolph-Macon College campus to talk about sorority life, why some girls like it and why others don't.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Three students did more than just relax on their summer vacations: they took advantage of their time off by traveling or getting a little more acquainted with their fields of choice. Check what they did instead of just tanning by the beach.

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Job Hunting in College: Advice on Career Searching

While the thought of looking for a job in the real world may be daunting, knowing a bit more about the whole process can go a long way in making your experience better and more productive. Here are some tips.

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My Life as a Resident Assistant

All apprehensions of dorm life disappeared when I told my residents that as their resident assistant, I wasn't their mother, nor their Hilton Hotel maid service. Instead, I was their friend. Together we would make life in the freshman dorm fun (and funny).

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