Are you as thrilled before the start of the new academic year as I am? Especially for freshmen, summer is the best period to get ready for that first day at college. Your head might ache already from the amount of stuff you need to take care of: to figure out your schedule, to buy textbooks, to set up a university account, to connect to your future classmates…
We’ve made this checklist for you so that you can keep everything under control. You can find a printable guide at the end of this post — it so handy to use! We took care to include some tips and those essential things that might not appear on your departmental webpage. Feel free to modify the list according to your needs, but never leave the important stuff out! Try to engage with these 12 points throughout the whole summer — don’t leave them until the very last moment. With this checklist, you’ll be done with all the preparations before you cross the doorstep of your new home as a first-year student. Making these small decisions and steps now will let you have more spare time for concentrating on your studies and having fun during the first term of your college life!
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You have learned almost everything you could in the school setting from your professors, textbooks, and overnighters on group projects. Now what?
Now comes securing that internship. Internships can be essential before you step out into the brutal reality of the actual workforce. Internships allow you to gain hands-on exposure to what it would be like working in the real world. The theories, knowledge, and skills learned at school can now be put to the test.
The interview process may be different in internships versus an actual, real job. Still, it is similar in that you have to make a pretty stirring impression, be prepared to answer questions about yourself, and ask about the roles and responsibilities the company expects from you.
Here are the most important questions to ask when interviewing for an internship:
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Our summers used to be all about grasping opportunities and gaining relevant experiences in internships, part-time jobs, or summer schools. But then the coronavirus-crisis came. Many secured internships were reworked, companies have frozen their hiring plans, summer schools were canceled — all this brought our summer plans to ruin. With the current splash of unemployment, it is even harder for recent grads to land an internship or your first full-time job.
However, there are still some possibilities (thanks to the digital revolution) — these are remote internships, virtual summer schools, and online courses in 2020. Even if you struggle to land an online internship, there are more than ever options for self-study this summer. Although career prospects in some spheres don’t look encouraging right now, you should still think strategically about investing your free time this summer.
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I bet you are already missing campus halls, sounds of college books in a library, puns, and jokes, coffee breaks with your friends in a campus garden, thrilling lectures, extracurricular activities, clandestine parties at the dorm… Who would think our physical presence at college is so crucial for our studying experiences? It doesn’t matter how good our professors and we have performed via Zoom — we feel nostalgic about those days on campus. But we can again wander through halls and libraries, recoining emotions of your freshman year — with the help of books about college life. Here we have chosen five books that in this or the other way relate to college experiences as they are, with excitement, love adventures, boredom, psychological traumas, parties, and long hours of studying over textbooks.
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You’ve been waiting for it, and we’ve launched it — a Counterfeit Calculator! With this tool, you can finally check the likelihood of any textbook to be a counterfeit. We hope that the counterfeit calculator will let you buy or sell textbooks without being afraid of encountering fraud.
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The event that you have been preparing for all that time, pegging away at textbooks and prep materials, is over. You have taken most of the exams and submitted final papers. Although it seems that the worst days are over, the post-exam stress and anxiety might hit you hard. While you are now anxiously waiting for the results, you are often under higher pressure than before an exam took place. At least then you knew what to do and how to perform better… And now? Here are some tips on how to alleviate post-exam stress and anxiety, how to arrange your study materials, whether you should keep, recycle or sell used textbooks, and how to make sense of your future plans.
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This turbulent year, high school and college commencement activities are postponed. However, many colleges moved their graduation celebrations online, and YouTube and Facebook have something for us in hand as well! The times have been tough, though there is no need to give up on having some fun and celebrating your achievements with others! Here we review a bunch of options for online celebrating Graduation 2020. The most significant thing to do is to watch (or read) the best commencement speeches ever given!
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This year has completely changed our lives, including the examination format. As has been discussed round and about, this year’s AP exams are taken at-home in an online form. Well, you probably know the details about online college exams. SAT and ACT, while postponed, might take place as an at-home exam in the end. GMAT and LSAT have online proctored options during this summer too.
Since the dates for this year’s AP exams are approaching, I bet you’re thrilled, reviewing your exam prep textbooks over and over again! For some of us, this format would seem more advantageous and comfortable than a traditional AP exam. However, taking an at-home exam can be tricky and comes with several hidden dangers. If you want to achieve the best performance on the day of your test and feel confident —follow the tips and step-by-step actions we discuss below.
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Should I try listening to music while studying? Will it boost my concentration and protect from unwanted noises, or, on the contrary, are there only disadvantages for my focus? Although these questions have been sitting on the agenda for a while, now they are relevant as never. College students are outside of their habitual learning environments like libraries, co-working spaces, university halls, or coffee shops. All these places came not only with comfortable desks, caramel lattes, and occasional chats with friends. Each site is full of specific noises and background music that could have been helpful for our learning and concentration. At home, on the contrary, we struggle with unwanted sounds, lack of personal space, and poor focus. Is music an answer to these pains?
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This week, on April 23, we are celebrating World Book Day. We salute the joy of reading that can never be taken away from us, even if everything else shatters into pieces. This celebration is inspired by UNESCO, promoting literature, education, and fair copyright use. All the bookworms, college students, authors, editors, and publishers can rejoice, comfort themselves with a mug of tea, and celebrate the best-loved activity — reading. But what are other ways of creating a festive mood on World Book Day? Here are several fascinating ways to praise your favorite books, and not just by reading them.
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