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Your Guide to Textbooks

Written by    Nov 17, 2017

So many freshmen make the mistake of overpaying for their textbooks. Here’s how to avoid it: 1. Don’t buy a book you don’t need! Some professors will list their books as “optional,” which usually means you don’t need to purchase them. However, you can also ask other students or check Rate My Professor to find out if the textbook is really necessary. There’s also nothing […]

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Textbooks

College Misconception #3: all classes have 500 people

Written by    Nov 15, 2017

When you watch movies, college is typically portrayed as a bunch of lecture halls with 500 kids in them, where none of the kids talk to each other. It looks like stadium seating, and down at the chalk board is some wise man with glasses and a tie teaching the students while they furiously take notes. I might be an anomaly, but I have yet […]

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Academics, Classes

The Top Three Pieces of Advice

Written by    Nov 6, 2017

As I continue to navigate my freshman year at Ohio State, I keep thinking back to my senior year of high school. This is mostly as a result of the slew of questions I get every week from my high school friends that are just now beginning to apply to Ohio State. Just like them, I was a bit terrified. While I was sure that […]

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Academics, Advice, Classes

We all have Imposter Syndrome

Written by    Nov 6, 2017

First thing’s first, if you don’t know what imposter syndrome is, let me define it: it’s the fear of being exposed as a fraud, e.g., you’re not as smart/put-together/competent as people think you are. This happens a lot the first year of college. You probably did well in high school; you got all A’s, even in AP or CCP classes. You were the smart kid. […]

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Academics, Author, Stress

An Exciting Announcement

Written by    Nov 2, 2017

Eek!! (substitute whatever noise of excitement most tickles your whiskers). As of last week, I officially tacked on my second minor: Film Studies. More than just being able to minor is something of interest, this was an exciting moment for me because it officially marks my career shift. When I came to The Ohio State University, I was certain I wanted to be an English […]

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Academics, Advice, Advocacy, Personal Events, School Spirit, Travel, Why Ohio State?

Major Change

Written by    Oct 31, 2017

Maybe you came into college thinking you had it all figured out. Maybe you came in hoping that you would figure it all out. Maybe the idea of choosing a major is so terrifying that you’d rather hide in your dorm and pretend you’re still in elementary school (that wasn’t that long ago, right?). This week, I changed my major from international studies to social […]

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Academics, Advice

Your Midterm Survival Guide

Written by    Oct 25, 2017

Midterms aren’t fun. While some midterms will be more difficult and stressful than others, there are three important and practical tips for conquering any exam that I’ve learned since beginning my courses at Ohio State: 1. Find Where You Study Best For some people, it’s at the desk in the dorm. However, I personally don’t focus very well in my dorm. While the weather was […]

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Academics, Author, Classes, midterms, Studying

College Misconception #2: Professors don’t care about you

Written by    Oct 25, 2017

High School Teachers: “Take advantage of this personalized attention while you have it!! Professors won’t bother to learn your names!!! They don’t care if you fail!! You get no help!!” Surprise, surprise, another scary interpretation of college that isn’t entirely accurate. Yes, no one holds your hand here; you’re a big kid now. But that doesn’t mean we are all floundering while professors rub their […]

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Academics, Classes

I’m dropping out of school and fleeing the state.

Written by    Oct 19, 2017

No, this is not click bait. It’s true. Friends, family, loyal followers: as of Spring 2018 I will no longer be a college student. I’m giving up the cold, snowless Columbus winters, the vanilla lattes at Scott Connecting Grounds, my cosy bedroom In Taylor Tower and my long study sessions at 18th Avenue Library. I’m officially giving up making the long walk to the Gateway just […]

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Classes, Internships, Study Abroad, Work

College Misconception #1: You’ll Have No Time

Written by    Oct 12, 2017

In high school, teachers, adults and even older students seemed to fill our brains with warnings and college horror stories. Lots of conversations in high school contained sentences like “enjoy your time now, you won’t have it in college” or “you aren’t prepared for how much you’ll have to do in college”. I made the common assumption that no one has time in college, and […]

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Relaxation, Schedules, Stress