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Author: Nicolaus Jannasch

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Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
How to Keep Expensive Textbook Costs Down

During the rush to get settled in to your first week of college all your professors will remind you to buy your textbooks. Knowing that you’ll need these supplies for studying, you stroll happily into your college bookstore ready to purchase the materials you need. Once you get inside the bookstore, however, your cheery feelings begin to fade. Walking through the aisles looking for your textbooks, you see the price tags of some of the surrounding titles. One psychology book is $200. A history book you spot is $250. You pray that your books are cheaper, but once you gather ...

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
money management in college

There are endless activities to partake in once in college. Whether you decide to join a club, take a trip off campus with a group of friends, or talk the night away with your philosophizing roommate, you will never find yourself without something to do. Unfortunately, in the midst of all this opportunity is often the worry of not having enough money. A letter to home may get you some quick cash, but even when parents are able to help, it can sometimes seem like you’re just a few days away from broke. Learning how to manage your money in ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Bringing Your Car to College

If you’ve lived in an area where you’ve needed a car to get around all your life then bringing your vehicle may seem like a necessity in college. Many high school students felt that their drivers’ license came with a new sense of freedom and that it would be crazy to give up this sense of independence. When you drive onto campus however, you will realize that there are just as many negatives to owning a car on campus as there are positives. Here are three things to consider before planning on parking your car outside your dorm for the ...

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 10:20 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Reasons Why Getting to Know Your Professors is a Great Idea

When you arrive at college, you will be dying to socialize with the rest of your peers. You’ll be looking for the best campus clubs to join and you’ll potentially consider linking with a fraternity in order to meet upperclassmen. One group of individuals you probably didn’t think about mingling with, however, is your professors. Yes, it may actually be a good idea to get to know the person at the front of the room who talks at you about chemistry for 90 minutes three times a week. Getting to know your professors can be one of the most important ...

Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
how to take care of a dorm room

Living at home was luxurious and you probably didn’t even notice. You most likely didn’t give your mom nearly the credit she deserved. Now that you’re in a dorm room, mom isn’t around to do the dirty work. Because of this, you’ve got to manage your own mess. Little things that you took for granted at home won’t magically clean themselves anymore. You need to take responsibility. Here are three aspects of cleanliness that you won’t want to let slide in your dorm room. 1. Vacuum Regularly For far too many college freshman, vacuuming can become one of those “have ...

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Going Off Campus In College

It’s sometimes shocking to learn how infrequently some college students get off campus. Once classes begin, many students find themselves hitting the town much less than they would have expected in high school. It is all too normal for weeks or even months to go by without the thought of leaving campus crossing a student’s mind. This is very unfortunate. Many colleges are located in cities with a nearly unlimited supply of potential activities. Those located more rurally may have fewer amenities, but often still provide hiking, camping and a wealth of other outdoor adventures to plan into a free ...

Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Eating Healthy in College Without a Kitchen

Your college dorm will come equipped with enough space for you to sleep and have a desk. It will also be equipped with a communal bathroom and shower so you can stay clean. One of the comforts of home that most likely won’t be available to you, however, is a kitchen. Though you’ll most likely have a microwave sitting on top of your mini-fridge, you’ll be hard pressed to invite friends over for anything more intimate than a TV dinner. Eating a healthy diet while in college can pose a challenge without any way to cook for yourself. The dining ...

Posted Oct. 24, 2014, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Good Sleep Habits In College

Many college freshmen hardly think about how the effects of sleep play into their college experience. Sleep too little, however, and you’ll be exhausted. Sleep too much and you’re late for class! Learning how to balance sleep with everything else you’re doing in college is extremely important for your enjoyment of these short four years. Here are three tips to help you get the sleep you need while also having a blast before you graduate! 1. Don’t Do Schoolwork in Bed This point can’t be stressed enough. Working in bed is a terrible habit and will mess up your sleep ...

Posted Oct. 21, 2014, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
learning from older kids in college

When you first get to college you will be swimming in new information. Your college will take ‘Welcome Week’ (or your college’s equivalent) as an opportunity to load you up with everything from maps to information on clubs and student organizations. Before you even step foot in a classroom, you will be knee deep in introduction materials to help you become acclimated with your new life on campus. With all this information, where are you supposed to begin? The best advice I received when entering college was, surprisingly, to not spend hours reading this introductory material. Sure it’s good to ...

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
how to make friends quickly in college

Every year, thousands of new college freshman step into their dorm rooms for the first time. Some are locals from down the road while others have traveled across the country or from different continents! No matter how far away they are traveling, everyone is in a new environment and surrounded by people they have never met. Getting to know strangers comes easily to some, but can be a real challenge for others. Here are three tips to help you make friends quickly once you arrive on campus. How to Make Friends Quickly in College 1. Keep Your Door Open When ...

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