How to be a Standout Student in Large Lecture Halls

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Transitioning from high school to college was, for me, almost as seamless as movie montages make it out to be. I didn’t have trouble making friends in the residence halls, and I remembered to wear my flip-flops in the shower every morning. Opportunities to get involved were literally right outside my door on a bulletin board, and I managed to make gluten-free eating work in the on-campus restaurants. The one aspect of college that made me feel overwhelmed was the actual “college” part …oh, yeah, the whole reason I’m here. I was engaged in my classes and was able to keep up with the readings, but I felt a little lost in the crowd. Moving from a class of 30 to a class of over 100 is a big step. Here are some ways that helped me gain a personal connection in my lectures:

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5 Tips to Stay Focused in Lecture

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The conclusion of the first two weeks of spring quarter means that we’ve officially started the last quarter of the academic school year. I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel like spring break wasn’t nearly long enough to fully recover from winter quarter. As a result, it’s a little bit harder to get motivated about classes, but here are five tips that help me stay focused (and awake) in lecture.

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4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Linkedin Profile

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You probably heard enough times by now that if you are trying to find a job, you need to create a Linkedin account. So, you uploaded your awesome professional photo, added some connections and listed some of your past experiences. (Yay!) But now it’s time to get down to some real business.

In talking with Scott Talan, a professor from the School of Communication from American University, he explained to me that the key to finding job opportunities, and having positions offered to you on a silver platter, is making sure that you are actively engaged with your profile.

So if you are on the hunt for yourdream job, I have 4 tips to share on what it means to be actually engaged on Linkedin and how to make the most out of your account.

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School Survival Guide: Introverts in College

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I normally describe myself as an extrovert in an introvert’s body.  If I had the choice between socializing with my friends and catching up on my latest television show obsession, my choice would be watching television (almost) every single time. 

Introversion generally describes people who are focused on their own thoughts and feelings instead of external stimulation.  This pretty much means that being an introvert in college is pretty darn hard, especially when a huge part of making friends means actually putting an appropriate pair of pants on and leaving your dorm or apartment. To ease the transition, here are a couple things you can do!

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Midterms 101: Study Software

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Most everyone nowadays uses their laptop in class to take notes, and come finals season, you can’t find an unused outlet in the library to charge your computer. With technology being such a large part of our everyday lives, it should definitely be utilized for studying for our courses.

My entire freshman year I stuck with what I knew and took notes on paper, bought dozens of packs of flashcards, and was constantly printing out Powerpoint slides. While this worked, I found that as I started to take upper division courses I couldn’t keep up with what my professors were saying. To congratulate myself on my first A+ in college I forked over the cash for a netbook, and since then I have yet to return to taking notes on paper.

Laptops are good for more than just taking electronic notes, though, which is why I’ve decided to write about my favorite programs that I use to keep up with schoolwork, complete assignments and study for final exams.

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How to Not Be a Broke College Student

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I’ll admit it: I am the quintessential flat-out broke college student. I am not the first, and unless this great country of ours goes through some radical revolution that results in free tuition for all (go Green Party!), I will not be the last.

That being said, years of perpetual broke-ness have taught me a thing or two about saving money. My method of being less-broke was so successful that I was even able to save enough money to go on a summer trip to Hawaii!

Being broke is tough, yes, but it’s not impossible. With a little self-control and a lot of planning, you can cruise by pretty comfortably. Here is a step-by-step list on what to do if you’re strapped for cash and want a way to budget your income — and maybe even save a little.

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Taking the GRE

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As a senior considering graduate school, I realized one of the challenges I had to face in applying to grad schools, aside from writing my personal statement, is studying for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). If a four hour examination makes you want to cringe or breathe into a paper bag and hyperventilate, here are some tips that will help you lower your stress level while increasing your chance at a higher score.

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Greek Life: What is Panhellenic?

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When I decided to join a sorority my first year at UCR, I decided to consult my trusty friend Google…and promptly became very confused. There are many different “chapters,” “conferences,” and sororities to choose from, each with their own set of values and goals. I ended up choosing a Panhellenic sorority, commonly known as a “social” sorority. However, I learned that Panhellenic affects Greek life on a much larger scale. Here’s a breakdown of Panhellenic and everything it can offer you:

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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions: A Highlander’s Guide

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So, maybe this past year was not what you expected it to be. Regardless of any unfortunate event you may have come across, as 2014 begins, now is the perfect opportunity to ring in the new year with a new you — and a new attitude. However, we all know that the hardest thing about having a set of resolutions is actually keeping them.

In all my failed attempts to keep my resolutions, I believe I have finally found four key tips to help ensure this year will be a success.

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6 Tips to Get the Most Money from Your Used Textbooks

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At the end of most quarters, I finish my final exams, recycle my piles of study guides and stare at the fresh stack of books that I most likely will never open again. Sometimes I’m lucky and I read an amazing novel for a course, but the vast majority of the time I’m left with heavy textbooks that I don’t particularly want to carry from apartment to apartment for the rest of my life. Selling back your used textbooks is a great way to make space on your bookshelf, plus put a little extra cash in your bank account at the end of each term. Below are my tips to get the most out of your used textbooks, whether you choose to trade, sell or keep them.

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