College Life: Resources and Tips for College Students
Whether you're going off to college for the very first time, or are a returning student, you can find the help you need with our College Life Web Guide. Succeed academically, physically, financially and emotionally during your college years with advice on dorm life and health and finances, as well as Web tools for academic success.Educators: Sign up for our education newsletter.
For many students, going to college involves a physical move away from family and old friends and the transition from a comfortable, familiar life into a new, exciting and sometimes intimidating world. Use the sites below to help you adjust to dorm life and find Web applications that can help you keep in touch with friends and family back home.
- Some college admissions offices are now enlisting students to write honest (and sometimes uncensored) blogs about student life. MIT, Cornell and Johns Hopkins are just a few examples of universities using this practice. Check to see if your school has anything like this in place. If not, check out the ones mentioned above to get a feel for the joys and frustrations of college life.
One way to make sure that you are successful in college is to get organized. Use the sites below to find a number of tools to help you stay on top of your assignments, and organize and track group projects.
- If you want to get organized without adding another application to your computer, consider using the calendar feature of a Web search engine or application you already use, such as Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook.
- Many college courses use some sort of online tool to keep students up to date on assignments and grades, and even allow them to turn in papers or participate in discussions online. If your professor isn't using an application like this, you may consider suggesting that you start a course blog so that students can stay updated.
Getting organized is one giant step toward academic success, but there are plenty of other tools that can help you get the most out of college. Learn how to study and find tools for note taking and creating bibliographies and citations.
- Try findingDulcinea's Students' Guide to Web Search for information about searching online, scholarly search resources, and additional citation resources.
- Plagiarism can lead to very serious consequences that include a failing course grade and even expulsion from school. Learn how to avoid plagiarism with our Plagiarism Prevention Web guide.
- For a great resource for news in your field of study, try the Beyond the Headlines section of findingDulcinea.com.
Academic success isn't the only goal for a college student; your college years are also a good time to develop positive health and nutrition habits that will stick with you throughout your life.
- Many schools offer some type of mental or physical health care or health insurance for free or at greatly reduced costs. Try your college's Web site to see if it offers any of these programs.
- College students have a tendency to make getting enough sleep a low priority. Try reading our Sleep Web Guide to find out how important sleep really is, or to help you combat sleep issues such as insomnia.
Just as developing a healthy lifestyle in college is important, developing money management skills and wise spending habits is imperative. Use the sites below to learn how to save money and live large during your college years.
- A part-time job during college may be a necessity for paying bills and staying on top of finances. Use the findingDulcinea Part-time Jobs Web Guide to find Web sites that can help.
- Catch a ride with another student to save money on gas, or see if there is any bartering that you can do for items you need. Uloop aims to help students connect with each other to do just that.
- Not sure how you'll fund your education? See our Financial Aid Web Guide.