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3 Reasons To Go Greek

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Greek organizations in college campuses across the nation are recruit new members at the beginning of each year. Each one recruits differently either through formal “rush” events or just by getting to know new people and inviting them to hang out at the house. Here are three reasons why you should go Greek:

1. Connections

The more friends you have in college, the better the experience will ultimately be. Your social life is just as important as academics. Having fun and making memories is an important part of college. The connections and bonds you form now will carry over with you after school as well. Joining a Greek organization will expand your network immensely that will come in handy after graduation.

2. Academics

Having a good balance between being social and homework is key and Greek life is a great way to find that balance. While there may be a lot of fun and games, you are also required to maintain a minimum GPA (usually about a 2.5) and awards are given to those with the highest GPAs. Also many fraternities and sororities have an appointed academics chairman to help you study if you fall behind or direct you to more academic resources.

3. Resume

If you go in for a job interview and the interviewer was in a Greek organization in college, or in the same one as you, you will have a much better chance at landing that job. This is not just because you both have something in common, but also because each organization has its own values to live by and the employer will know that you have the same work ethic and values.

You can also show a lot of leadership experience if you hold an officer position. Fraternities and sororities have a president, vice president, marketing chair, recruitment chair, financial chair, etc. There are also weekly formal meetings used to plan out activities or discuss possible issues.

Aside from all of the above reasons, just do it for the memories. You will form bonds that can’t be broken and memories that are unforgettable. My fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, helped me figure out what I want to do and how I want to accomplish it. It also helped me mature into a responsible young man with my head on straight. Joining the right Greek organization can make or break your college experience and will give you a perspective and experience unlike any other.

Are you (or have you been) a part of a Greek organization? Which one?

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Studying Alone vs. Studying in Groups

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by Guest Blogger Laura H.

Studying alone and studying in a group both have their advantages and disadvantages. But what are the pros and cons of each?

The biggest downside to studying alone is that, well, you’re alone. A huge advantage of studying in a group is there are people around to push you through bouts of boredom or lack of inspiration when writing essays. Groups can also help you through particularly long nights of studying. If I know I have to study for more than 3 hours on one paper or test, I usually prefer to study in a group. That way, I am  able to ask those my classmates for help if I need it.

When studying, one should take at least a 5 or 10 minute break every hour. Use this time to stretch, watch a funny video on YouTube or go on a walk. It may be tempting to skip the study break and work for hours on end, but the small break every hour enables you to maintain purposeful focus for longer periods of time. Physically, your body needs a break as well; your brain will retain clarity with the break from the computer screen, and your back won’t tighten up from hours in the chair.

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While sitting with others can be helpful, studying alone is more advantageous when you have a very specific, deliberate task ahead of you and can’t afford to be interrupted. If, for example, you have a reading quiz in your 8 a.m. class and it’s 10 pm the night before, studying alone can help you focus on what you are reading..

Overall, the homework assignment or project may dictate with whom you work. It’s up to you to decide what’s best for your particular situation.

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Mike’s Top 3 Tips for Acing Exams

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By BookRenter Mike

In sports, it’s called the stretch run. That time of the year when the season is winding down, and the end is in sight. Yet even though the end is near, there is much work to be done to make the playoffs, win a championship, and say it’s been a successful year. As I endure the cold, harsh days of winter in Virginia, I have come to understand that as a student this is my stretch run. For me exams are not right around the corner, they are here. I’ve been to all my classes, I’ve gone to as many office hours as I can, and therefore the time for cramming is now! Hence, here are my top 3 tips for acing exams and feeling good during finals week.

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1. Make an Exam Schedule with the date and time of all of your exams/papers

This seems so easy to do in your head, but few people actually write down their exam times on a calendar or a piece of paper. It’s one thing to know when your exams will take place, but mapping out your schedule will improve your time management and help you find out when you should be resting versus studying. Highlight your hardest anticipated exam in order to make sure you have ample time to study because you don’t want to be caught flatfooted studying for two exams in one night when you’ve been resting the previous couple of days.

2. Break down a difficult exam into themes and important overarching topics

If by no fault of your own you find yourself stuck with only one night to study for an exam, I guarantee that you can still do very well on the exam. Often times, students will get overwhelmed if the subject matter seems complicated or if there is a lot of study material. Breaking down the subject matter into themes will help you understand the course better and help you hone in on what you do and don’t understand. Some professors may give you a study guide to help you identify these themes, but more often than not you’re on your own. Don’t worry though; important themes become clearer and clearer the more you immerse yourself in the subject matter.

3.     Rely on friends and classmates to motivate and push you to succeed

During finals week, students have a tendency to hole up and lock out the outside world until all of their finals are over. This is a terrible idea for many reasons, the #1 being that the absolute worst thing to do during finals is to change up your established routine. Final exams may count for more, but at the end of the day they are still just tests. Study in groups or pairs because often times teaching others or learning from peers will boost your understanding of the subject material. Plus, everyone tends to stress out during finals week and it always helps to have somebody nearby to keep you focused and on task. They may even have better notes than you!

They call it the stretch run because players and coaches have to stretch themselves to the limit in order to succeed. So get ready, it’s the educational stretch run, and it’s time to really push yourself. Have any good tips or advice on crushing exams? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

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Top 3 Articles: Dealing with Stress

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Written by BookRenter Mike

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Everybody always says college is a blur. It’s a whirlwind experience that is full of late night cram sessions, outrageous parties, and every once in a while the opportunity to storm the football field after a big win. Yet sometimes college can be incredibly stressful, as all of those 10-page papers and 3-hour exams can finally catch up to you. So what can you do to relieve that monumental burden of stress? Don’t worry if you can’t think of something right away, I’ve got you covered with the top 3 articles that will help you find your ultimate nirvana.

Exercise Shrinivas Kanade at buzzle.com writes about the benefits of physical exercise to reducing stress and dancing is one of her top tips. At UVa, there is a plaque outside of every gym proclaiming how Thomas Jefferson believed an hour or two of physical exercise was healthy for an active mind. I’m starting to think I need to go to the gym more often…

Be preparedAcademic Tips has a great assortment of quotes regarding stress relief which can be found at academictips.org. These will enable you to the find the best method for reducing your anxiety. Different coping mechanisms are better suited to different stressful tasks. Find what works best for you and stick to it!

Get Organized Providence College has a great article designed specifically for college students and ways to reduce anxiety in the classroom. Instead of clumping all of your difficult tasks together, make a list and prioritize based on whatever factors you find important. Making to-do lists can often be a simple way to reduce stress by outlining exactly what you need to get done to help yourself feel better.

College is hard but you don’t need to make it any harder on yourself. By following these techniques for relaxation, maybe you’ll find the college blur a little clearer. Then again, if none of these tips works than maybe you should have googled “best college bars” instead of “top relaxation tips for college students”. It’s your call, so how do you find reduce stress in college?

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Summer School Positives

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School’s out for summer…or not. A recent poll of our Facebook fans showed that many students choose to take at least one class during summer. It’s not the most relaxing thing to do over break, but the benefits you reap are a good reason to keep those pencils sharpened.

Most schools offer multiple summer sessions, too, so if you’re not already registered for a class, it’s not too late.  Check out our quick and dirty list of why summer school is a good thing, it just might send you class shopping:

  1. If you’re able to take classes at a school other than your own, there’s a good chance your letter grade will be converted to a pass or fail grade once you transfer your credit.  Although this keeps you from boosting your GPA by attending an easier college, it also gives you the freedom to slack off a bit.  Just think of how much less stressful it is to focus on getting a C rather than going for an A!
  2. If your school allows you to transfer credits, you can take a summer class at a school that costs less money. Community colleges in particular are known for their low price per class unit.  Classes are so cheap that often times buying the textbook costs more than the class- another good reason for you to rent textbooks.
  3. Some classes are only offered in summer or are so popular during the regular school year that you can’t get in.  Taking a class like this, or one that’s notoriously difficult, during summer helps you manage your regular schedule better and keeps you sharp for when you start back in fall.  Summer courses are also known to have a higher professor-student ratio, so you’ll get more interaction with your teacher and classmates.

Last, but not least, is the fact that taking summer school will help you graduate faster, and who doesn’t want that? That’s when school will really be out for summer.

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