Category College Life

College vs. High School: Classes

With the thresholds of my high school classrooms only just behind my heels, I often find myself comparing the atmospheres of college classes to the atmospheres of my high school classes. My high school teachers made an exemplary effort to expose us to college level assignments and teaching methods; but there are some things about […]

Tribe Pride Since 1693: Best W&M Traditions

When you are attending the second oldest university in the US, traditions become part of your everyday existence; they are everywhere. Here are a few W&M traditions I have had the privilege of participating in, and a few I am eager to be part of in the near future! Honor Code Pledge William and Mary […]

Dorm Sweet Dorm

First things first, it is time to get excited: not only are second semester classes just beginning, but also my mom and I have reserved our tickets to fly to the UK in August! My anglophiliac heart is glowing with joy. We found an incredible deal on flights flying from Toronto to London, so we […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part V Coping With Homesickness

When you move away from home for the first time there is a very good chance that you will suffer some degree of homesickness. It is completely normal and not necessarily a bad thing! As Mrs. Hughes says on Downton Abbey, “There’s no shame in feeling homesick, it means you come from a happy home.” […]

Lies You’ve Been Told About College

When students arrive on campus, they have a lot of expectations of how the college life will be based on images of the college experience in mass media. While many of these may be true, some are really just myths. In college, you will have more freedom than you ever have had before. That means […]

Freshman Year Survival Guide: Part IV Wellness

Freshman year is a notorious threat to personal well-being: famously, the freshman fifteen, but also (as I mentioned in a previous post) the challenges presented in close living quarters and the absence of your mother to make you soup when you are under the weather. To succeed in all other areas of college life, you […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part III Academics

College brings with it a whole new set of academic challenges, but you can be prepared to meet them. The biggest difference between high school and college academic life is certainly independence. In high school, you were legally required to be in school during specific hours everyday, your teachers probably checked every assignment and did […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part II Dorm Life

How on earth are you going to feel at home in a little cinder-block room in a building you share with a bunch of strangers? Somehow, you will, and you will probably grow to love dorm life! A half of a 13ft by 13ft colorless room is not likely to become a coveted chuck of […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part I Orientation

Freshman orientation may very well be one of the strangest weeks of your life. What can you expect? Orientation programs vary from school to school, but here are some basic things you will probably encounter. There is also a list of survival tips at the end of the post! Residence Hall Move-In The time has […]

A Collegiate Thanksgiving

The time has come to put cranberries in absolutely every dish you can think of and to give some extra attention to the best orange foods that never get enough love, pumpkins and sweet potatoes: it is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, apart from being a dream come true for foodies like myself, is also, of course, a […]