Top 10 College Course Catalog Tips

October 3, 2011

One of the top ten college course catalog tipsContributed by Lisa Pratto, Top 10 Guru

Whether you are a freshman or a perpetual student, you could probably use some tips on how best to work a college course catalog.

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Top 10 College Football Game Gear Choices

October 3, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

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I just love football season! Cheering for my team, wearing the school colors, hosting football parties – it’s all fun.

The best thing of all is actually going to the games. But joining a few thousand other fans to scream for your team is more fun if you’re prepared.

Here are the top 10 college football game gear must-haves you should take to the stadium with you.

10. Seat cushion or stadium chair

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Let’s face it – most college stadium seats aren’t too comfortable. Adding a stadium seat or cushion will make your time at the game a lot more comfortable, even if the game goes into overtime.

9. College sweatshirt

college football game gear

Sure, you could wear that new sweater or last year’s coat. But this a college game, so join in the fun with cozy new college sweatshirts. Have kids? Get them into the spirit with college hoodies of their own.

8. A warm hat

college football game gear

They say that we lose over 75% of our body heat from our heads, so a warm hat is a must for your college football game gear. Get a logo hat with your college mascot on it, or choose a cozy hat in your school colors.

7. Warm gloves

college football game gear

Keep your fingers warm and comfortable in a pair of warm gloves. Make sure the gloves you choose have Thinsulate™ or other heat-retaining lining to stay warm well into the fourth quarter.

6. Fan pom-poms

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Who says the cheerleaders should have all the fun? Get a pair of fan-sized pom-poms and wave away when your team makes the big score.

If you can’t find pom-poms with your team logo, choose a pair in your school colors. Many discount stores and online sports stores carry pom pons them in common college colors.

5. A giant foam finger

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Sure it’s tacky and silly looking. Who cares? It’s a college football game and you’re supposed to have fun, so wave away!

Giant foam fingers for most college teams are available online, so you can order one even if you live hundreds of miles away from your favorite team.

4. Foot warmers

Your college football game experience won’t be much fun if your tootsies are freezing, so invest in some footwarmers to tuck inside your shoes.

Choose chemical based foot warmers that last for about four to five hours, or invest in warm silk liner socks that trap your own body heat without making feet sweaty.

3. Sunglasses

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When the game starts before sundown, adding a pair of sunglasses to your college football game gear bag will make it easier to see the field. Pick a pair with good UV and glare protection, so you won’t miss that great handoff or the perfect pass because the sun’s in your eyes.

2. Thermos

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When the sun goes down and the chill sets in, a thermos of hot cocoa, coffee or cider is the perfect way to stay warm while you watch the game.

Choose a double-insulated thermos to keep your beverage pipping hot through the whole game.

1. Binoculars

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Unless you’ve scored seats in the first few rows, a pair of lightweight sports binoculars will bring the game up close even if you’re in the nose-bleed section.

New wide-angle binoculars will give you a great view of the field, saving you from “searching” for the players and missing the play.

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

October 3, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

At last, middle school is behind you and you’re a high school freshman. Congratulations! Now are you ready to start thinking about college?

I know it seems too soon. After all, you have four years until college, right? Think again. Preparing for college really starts the day you walk into your first high school class. Ready?

Here are our top 10 college facts for high school Freshmen…where are you on this list?

10. The time to challenge yourself is now

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

Movies portray college as a four-year long party with an occassional class thrown in. But the reality is that being successful in college means a commitment to hard work and applying good study skills.

Now is the time to acquire those skills by selecting classes and assignments that put your talents and habits to the test. In four years, it’s too late.

9. It’s time to start looking at colleges now

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

By the time you reach your Junior year, you’ll need to know which colleges are on your application list. But making those choices involves research and ideally, campus visits.

The time to start that process is your Freshman year. By next year you should have a pretty good feel for where you want to go, and the year after that the actual applications start.

8. Not everyone is accepted into a college

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

This is one of the college facts for high school Freshmen that always seems to get overlooked. There’s an assumption that anyone can go to college somewhere. But every year, thousands of students find themselves with no acceptance letters and no plans for the next fall.

Doing your prep work now will give you a better shot at the competitive world of college admissions later.

7. Use college admission requirements to guide your high school schedule

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

This is one of the big reasons you need to start narrowing your list of colleges now. Different colleges have different admission requirements.

The end of your junior year is too late to find out that you needed four years of math or a language to get into the school of your choice.

6. College Board prep starts now

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

You may not be taking your SAT or ACT tests any time soon, but the preparation starts from the first day of high school.

Get a good test prep book or CD-ROM set and start working on your problem solving and math skills. Review and add to your vocabulary, and polish your writing skills. When the test does come around, you’ll be ready to shine.

5. Get to know your teachers

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

When college application time rolls around, you’ll need letters of reference from teachers.

Building good relationships with teachers from day one will ensure that you have instructors who know you well, and can provide the recommendations you need.

4. What you do outside of school counts

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

College admission isn’t based on grades and test scores alone. Admission committees also consider summer jobs, volunteer work and community leadership.

Look for opportunities that match your interests, or choose those that offer an chance to grow in new directions.

A bonus: some school districts even provide scholarships to graduates who completed a certain number of hours of volunteer work. So those same hours that help you with acceptance might also pay some of the bills.

3. Make a plan for the next four years

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

You’ll have to keep track of a lot over the next four years, so making a plan can help you stay on track and on target.

Your plan should include required classes and when you’ll take them, test dates (and test registration deadlines), college visits, volunteer and job plans, and of course, college application due dates.

2. Grades determine money as well as admission

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

College money is something most high school Freshmen don’t consider. But the grades you earn this year and beyond could earn you a scholarship – or keep you from qualifying.

1. What you do now counts

Top 10 College Facts for High School Freshmen

There are a lot of jokes about the “Permanent Record” that probably doesn’t exist. But when it comes to college admission, there is a permanent record of your high school years.

College admission committees will see your class choices, grades, attendance, disciplinary issues and extracurricular school activities. And the record starts now, in your Freshman year.

It’s up to you to make that work in your favor.

Top 10 Things High School Seniors Need to Know About College

September 30, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

College is just around the corner.

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Top 10 College Dorm Room Snacks

September 30, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Top 10 college dorm room snacks

College means freedom. Freedom from curfews, from parental rules…and often from regular meals.

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Top 10 College Date Ideas

September 29, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

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You’ve met someone you want to get to know better, haven’t you? So now what?

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Top 10 College Life Films

September 29, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Whether you’re in college now, heading there soon, or just remembering your own days on campus, a good college movie is always a great choice.

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Top 10 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15

August 31, 2011

A list of the top ten ways to avoid the freshman 15Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Top 10 Guru

The freshman 15: It’s almost a (dreaded) right of passage.

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Top 10 College Life Experiences

August 29, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

It’s finally here! You’re in college!

While you’re busy registering for classes, getting to know your roommates and adjusting to life after high school, be sure to pay attention to some of the great moments you’ll want to remember for years to come.

Here are our top 10 college life experiences worth remembering.

10. First time picking classes

Over the next four years or so, you’ll pick a lot of classes. But that very first time you open your college course catalog, and try to pick from hundreds of incredible choices is one of the most memorable experiences of college life.

Your whole future is there, amid those majors, minors and just-for-the-heck-of-it classes. Wow!

9. First time finding your way across campus

Finding your way around campus can be a challenge, especially if you’re at a big university. But the first time you know exactly where you’re going, how to find the dorm, the library, the bookstore and your next class is the moment you become a real part of the college.

Doesn’t it feel great to finally be able to leave that campus map behind?

8. The first college textbook purchase

All of your years of buying books at the local Barnes and Nobel will not prepare you for the price tag on college textbooks. Who knew a paperback book could cost over $100?

7. First college class

After all the registration hassles, dorm drama, and bookstore tabs that rival the cost of a small car, you’re finally sitting in your very first class. This is it. At that moment, you are really a college student.

6. First college boyfriend or girlfriend

It may be someone you met at a party. Or someone who sits next to you in Psych 101. But sooner or later, you’re bound to meet the person who will become your very first college boyfriend or girlfriend.

Pay attention. No matter how many romances you have during the next four years, this first college love is bound to be one of your most memorable college life experiences.

5. First college party

No more curfews. And a whole room full of people who don’t know you. A chance to put all of your high school social mistakes, embarrassing nicknames and other painful memories behind you, and start fresh.

You’ll remember this one. Trust me! So enjoy and make it a good party.

4. Your first rush

Whether or not you plan to join a fraternity or sorority, you won’t want to miss rush.

Not only will you get a chance to attend some awesome parties, you’ll get to meet lots of your classmates, and make a start on friendships that may last the rest of your life. A must-not-miss college life experience.

3. First roadtrip

The roadtrip is definitely one of the best college life experiences. Just you and few of your buddies piling in the car for a trip to somewhere.

It could be spring break, a weekend at the beach or a few days in the city. Wherever you go, I can promise you one thing. Years from now, this is one of the college life experiences you’re sure to still be talking about.

2. First all-nighter

Yeah, you got the assignment back at the beginning of the semester. But there was just so much going on. Classes, parties, maybe even a job.

And now you have a 10 page research paper due. Tomorrow. Welcome to your first all-nighter.

1. First finals

You know the dream about having to take finals in a class you never attended? Guess what? Your first finals will feel like that even if you haven’t missed a single class.

The good news is you’ll get through them. The bad news is they’ll happen again next semester. Oh well…just another college experience you’ll never forget.

Top 10 Christian College Search Tips

August 29, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Your faith is an important part of who you are. So it makes sense that when it’s time to select a college, you’d look for a school that reflects your deepest beliefs. So here are our top 10 Christian college search tips to help you find the perfect university.

10. Affiliations

Not all Christian colleges are created equal. If you have a strong association with a particular tradition, make sure the colleges you consider either share that identity or are friendly to your beliefs.

9. Courses of study

Make sure the college you choose has a strong program in your major. Many colleges list majors and classes in their catalogs, but seldom offer the classes you need to complete that degree. Before you apply, make sure the classes are available when you need them.

8. The rules have it

At some Christian colleges, the rules will be much like the ones you live with every day. But others may have much stricter or different sets of rules, including restrictions on clothing, food choices or dating behavior. Check out the student codes before you apply, and make sure the college rules and regulations are something that will enhance your learning experience.

7. Student life

Going to college means becoming a part of a new community. As you refine your Christian college search, consider the lifestyle of students on campus.

Are there recreational activities? Is there a music or arts program, with performances students can attend? Are there sororities and fraternities? Is drinking a major part of student life? How would these factors fit with your Christian values?

6. Look around, take in the surroundings

Consider where the college is located. Would you prefer a rural setting? Or is the excitement of city life more to your taste? There are Christian colleges in all kinds of locations, so look for one with a setting that appeals to you. After all, you’ll be living there for the next four years!

5. Academic reputation

If grad school, med school or a competitive job market are in your future, check out the academic reputation of the schools. Make sure they’re accredited, and that their graduates are represented in the grad schools or career fields you’re heading for.

4. How much does it cost?

It would be nice to be able to ignore cost, but for most students it is a factor. As you’re looking for the perfect Christian college, make sure you look at tuition and living costs, as well as scholarship opportunities.

3. Student ministry

Your faith is driving your choice of colleges, so make sure there’s ample opportunity to grow and develop in your faith during college. An active student ministry program means you’ll have the chance to put your faith into action and discover your talents and gifts.

2. Demographics

Some students are more comfortable at a college that includes a diverse population, with many cultures and diverse Christian faiths represented. Others prefer a more homogeneous college, where all or most students believe in the same basic things. Make sure you know which kind of Christian college is the right fit for you.

1. How does it feel?

It all comes down to the college that feels right to you. If your major is available and the money has been addressed, choose the Christian college that feels like home. In the end, the right college for you is the college that feels just right.

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