Tag Archives: College

The Final Countdown

In less than one month I will be in Britain! Unbelievable. Preparations continue and soon I will be as ready as I will  ever be to embark on my great adventure.  For all intents and purposes, I am done with the London reading list! After reading all of the novels and prose selections, I finally […]

Overseas Study: the preparation checklist

In childhood, I saw the world without even leaving my little hometown in the heart of Ohio. My mom’s work with international students and delegates visiting our area surrounded me with exchange students and Fulbright scholars who had packed their suitcases to the point of bursting and left home to enrich their educations with an […]

Application Essay Composition Guide: Part III

(In order to keep things bite-sized, this application essay composition guide will be in three parts! This is part three.) After you have gained an understanding of the function of the application essay (see part I) and considered how you should or shouldn’t approach the prompt and topic selection (see part II), you are ready […]

Application Essay Composition Guide: Part I

(In order to keep things bite-sized, this application essay composition guide will be in three parts! This is part one.) Firstly, let us indulge in some debunking. There are couple of common misconceptions about the purpose of the college application essay: some students believe the essay is meant to be a complete biography while others […]

There and Back Again: A Freshman’s Tale

After coming home from college, it often feels as if the whole year was a wondrous dream of quaint colonial vignettes and the never ceasing turning of pages assigned by the most knowledgeable of professors, quirky enough for any mad tea party. This past year certainly stole away faster than any I have known so […]

“Adult-ing”: the art of growing up in college

While I was home over spring break, I asked a friend I graduated with how his first year of college was going. He said that it was going well and added offhandedly that he had been “adult-ing”. In a strange way, that “word” (I have no squabble with indictionaring it) seems to capture the transition […]

Unconventional Study Tips

Most of my midterms are done (insert relieved sigh), but I still have a few left. At the moment I am home for spring break, and no exams can dampen my spirits. There isn’t a cinder-block dorm wall in sight, the cat is snoozing in some secluded corner because she hates humankind, and all is […]

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 […]

Applying for Scholarships

‘Tis the season for scholarship applications! No, that isn’t something to get terribly excited about… As someone who hates competition, competing for money with other students has never been one of my favorite things to do, but it is, nonetheless, a great way to pay for college! Scholarships range from less than a hundred dollars […]

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.” […]