Keys to College Success: Find Your Stress Relief

Bella (left) and Mollie (right) watch Cinderella with me on a Saturday night. This is how we spend most Saturday nights and we're all okay with that. Photo credit: Stephanie Kawula.

Bella (left) and Mollie (right) watch Cinderella with me on a Saturday night. This is how we spend most Saturday nights and we’re all okay with that. Photo credit: Stephanie Kawula.

If you didn’t already know from my post last semester regarding all the things I learned while being an first semester “RA,” I love guinea pigs. While they haven’t been life saves, I’m glad that I’ve had them in my life this year. I’ve found out that they calm me down when things get rough (and last semester they were rough). I’ve also found that they are the best stress relief method for me.

 

 

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Keys to College Success: GO HOME!

Kawula family portrait. Photo credit: Stephanie Kawula

Kawula family portrait. Photo credit: Stephanie Kawula

So, parents… Am I right? Up until now you’ve been pretty much joined at the hip. In most scenarios, you’ve been living in the same house and you’re ready to be out and on your own, making your own decisions.– But there comes a point when you need your family’s support and that’s when you realize that it’s probably a good idea that you go home for a visit.

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Keys to College Success: Build Your Portfolio ASAP

Here comes that journalism bias again but let it be known that “portfolio” in this post is a semi-loose term. Regardless of what you’re going to choose for a major I’m fairly certain that you’re going to need some body of work (either volunteer, extra-curricular, or samples) to show future employers. Even if you’re undecided, you can pursue experiences that are interesting for you and maybe that, in conjunction with the classes you’ll take, will help you decide what you’d like to get a degree (and later a job) in.

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Keys to College Success: Take Pictures

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking when you saw the title of this post. How does taking pictures make you successful in college? Are you saying this because you’re a photojournalist and that’s how you became successful in college? Are you getting senioritis and spring fever simultaneously? — To all of these, my answer is, honestly, there may be some bias but when I look back, I wish I would have taken even MORE photos that I did. It has nothing to with my major and everything to do with how I’m going to remember the past four years of my life. How will you remember yours?

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Keys to College Success: Regularly See Your Advisers

Photo credit: Matthew Hutchinson (flickr)

Photo credit: Matthew Hutchinson (flickr)

I want to start this blog post off by saying that I’ve only been to one college and therefore only know how the workings of this college pan out (to a certain degree). Therefore, I assume that most, if not all, other colleges have something that’s at least similar to the experiences that I describe. Why would I say that now though? Well– this post is going to be about visiting your advisers. Some schools may have a different title for the position but I’m going to be referencing those fantastically special people that keep you sane (especially as you get closer and closer to graduation).

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Keys to College Success: Get Experience

Last week I talked about how professional networking is a great thing to participate in when you’re in college because it will help you get a job. This week I figured I’d do a slight backtrack to explain how you get those professional connections. (True it would have made sense to do this first, but sleep deprivation is a thing sometimes and this order still kind of works.)

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