Campus Overload: College 101


Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 08/11/2011

Do college students call home often enough?

Most parents drop students off at school, drive away — and wonder how long it’ll be before the phone rings.

By Jenna Johnson  |  02:50 PM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 08/11/2011

#College101: Apply for an on-campus job

In an ongoing series of advice for college freshmen, Salisbury University graduate Alex Williams says part-time jobs are learning opportunities.

By Alex Williams  |  10:58 AM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 08/10/2011

The delicate art of parenting a college student

College administrators have found that today’s millennial students — along with their late-Baby Boomer and early-Gen X parents — often need more hand-holding than previous generations.

By Jenna Johnson  |  05:32 PM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 08/10/2011

#College101: Manage your time well

In an ongoing series of posts offering advice for college freshmen, Illinois State University student Mike Gannon suggests learning how to manage your time.

By Mike Gannon  |  12:25 PM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 08/09/2011

#College101: Mistakes are inevitable

In an ongoing series of advice for college freshmen, composer and writer Peter Buffett says not to fear making mistakes.

By Peter Buffett  |  11:02 AM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 08/04/2011

Share your tips for surviving freshman year

The first year of college is so important. But freshman year can be a stressful time filled with all sorts of drama.

By Jenna Johnson  |  05:22 PM ET, 08/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101, College 101

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/13/2011

How to find cheap textbooks online

The first major expense of the second semester is textbooks. The bad news is that they can be expensive and you have to have them. The good news is that you can find them for 40 to 85 percent less than the official price. All you need to do is start exploring various online sites.

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Textbooks

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Flash mobs break the stress of finals

Flash mobs are all the rage on college campuses, especially during finals. Last week at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a group of students helped liven up dead week at Love Library with My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers."

By Jenna Johnson  |  03:32 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Central Michigan University, Ohio State, Trinity University, University of Montana, University of Nebraska, University of Virginia

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Turkey Dump 2010: Break up this weekend? You are not alone.

College counselors and student affairs officials usually chuckle as they explain a phenomenon they see year after year: Thanksgiving break ending with broken hearts. "We call that the good old Turkey Drop."

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:02 AM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Thanksgiving, Washington & Lee University

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/05/2010

Already broke? Go find a campus job

You are one of several thousand able young adults on campus. Most of you are broke. Competition for jobs is stiff. But don't fear -- with a little creativity, you can find the job of your dreams. Well, a job, anyway.

By Jenna Johnson  |  12:48 PM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  University of Illinois

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 09/21/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I'd known failure was okay

Today's advice for college freshmen is from Steven Bell, a library administrator at a research university. His short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:59 AM ET, 09/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Dear Frosh

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/20/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I'd challenged myself

Victoria Belle-Miller, a recent University of Missouri graduate, wants college freshmen to take chances and experiment during college. Her short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Dear Frosh, University of Missouri

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 09/17/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I'd embraced awkwardness

Serena Lee, a UCLA junior majoring in communication studies, wishes that when she was a freshman she had known that everyone feels awkward during their first college quarter. Her short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:25 AM ET, 09/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Dear Frosh, UCLA

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/16/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I'd known about life's twists

Brian Hall, an instructor at Champlain College in Vermont, warns new students that life is full of twists and turns. His short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Champlain College, Dear Frosh

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 09/15/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I stressed less about my major

Jen Howver, owner of VOD Communications in Chicago, wishes she had stressed less when picking her major in college. Her short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:15 AM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Dear Frosh, Judson

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I dated with confidence

Sara Goldman, a writer living in England who graduated from the University of Maryland, wishes she had known more about dating her first year of college. Her short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:49 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Dear Frosh, University of Maryland

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 09/13/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I wrote in a day planner

Hannah Nyren, an Emerson College senior, wishes she had known how to use a day planner during her first year of college. Her short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  12:20 PM ET, 09/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Dear Frosh, Emerson

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 09/10/2010

Dear Frosh: I am so glad I studied abroad

Elaina Houser wants college freshmen to do everything possible to study abroad. Her short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:52 AM ET, 09/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  American, Dear Frosh

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/09/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I expanded my social circle

Jessica Li, a recent Boston University graduate, encourages freshmen to expand their social circles beyond their dorm floor. Her short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Boston University, Dear Frosh

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 09/08/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I took community college classes

Matt Impink, who graduated from Penn in 2007, wishes he had taken community college classes. His short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:57 AM ET, 09/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Dear Frosh, Penn

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/07/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I had known my drinking limit

Tauhid Chappell, a Virginia Tech junior, wishes he had known his drinking limit when he was a freshman. His short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:22 AM ET, 09/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Dear Frosh

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 09/03/2010

Dear Frosh: New, daily series of college tips

On Monday I am launching a new feature on Campus Overload called "Dear Frosh." Each day for the first few weeks of school I will feature a short essay on the topic of "When I was a freshman, I wish I had known..."

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:45 AM ET, 09/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Dear Frosh

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 09/02/2010

Surviving the first few weeks of college

Give your roommate a chance! Sit in the middle of lecture halls! Brian Tinsman, a senior at Marymount University, gives college freshmen advice on surviving the first few weeks of class.

By Jenna Johnson  |  01:33 PM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  College 101, Marymount University

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 09/01/2010

Best Web sites to shop on the cheap for your dorm

Tips for finding the best deals on dorm fridges, furnishings, bedding and decor from Max Levitte, founder of Cheapism.com.

By Jenna Johnson  |  01:24 PM ET, 09/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  College 101, dorms

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 08/25/2010

Transforming a boring dorm room

Illana Strauss, a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, gives college students tips for decorating their dorm room (so it can look less prison cell and more homey).

By Jenna Johnson  |  04:30 PM ET, 08/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  University of Illinois

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 08/18/2010

Explain your hometown in a music video

In preparation for explaining their home state to college roommates, a group of guys in North Dakota made a music video, North Dakota Bois (California Gurls Parody).

By Jenna Johnson  |  12:51 PM ET, 08/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  College 101, YouTube

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/18/2010

Sebelius gives Trinity freshmen tips for staying healthy

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stopped by freshmen orientation at Trinity Washington University in D.C. on Tuesday to talk with the Class of 2014.

By Jenna Johnson  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Trinity

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 08/17/2010

Ready to feel old? Meet the Class of 2014

Later this month, a fresh new crop of freshmen will start college classes. Most of them were born in 1992 and likely don't know how to write in cursive. To them, Clint Eastwood is a director, not Dirty Harry -- and "venti half-caf vanilla latte" has always been a logical series of words.

By Jenna Johnson  |  12:38 PM ET, 08/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Beloit, College 101

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 08/16/2010

Overdoing the dorm move-in

This is the week when thousands of college students move into the dorms. Most of them show up with a moderate car-full (or two) of stuff. But then there are the epic mover-inners -- college students who bring stuff that surprises residence hall directors and staffers who think they have already seen it all.

By Jenna Johnson  |  02:48 PM ET, 08/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Albright College, Birmingham-Southern College, College 101, Mansfield University, North Carolina State University, Sewanee, Susquehanna University, University of Iowa

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 08/11/2010

Parents: Let go of your college kids

Today's frosh orientation advice is for parents. Our guest lecturer is Laurie Hamre, the vice president for student affairs at Macalester College in Minnesota. It's the time of year when thousands of parents around the country are slowly untying the...

By Jenna Johnson  |  02:16 PM ET, 08/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Frosh Orientation, Macalester College, Parents

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 08/10/2010

Pencil boxes: Prepare to welcome liquid graphite

Sharpie has come up with a "liquid pencil," which will be hitting stores in September. It looks like a pen and writes like a pen -- but it's filled with liquid graphite and erases like a pencil for up to three days, at which point your thoughts become pretty darn permanent.

By Jenna Johnson  |  04:20 PM ET, 08/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 08/05/2010

Wisdom for frosh from Hope College students

Today's frosh orientation guest lecturers are students at Hope College in Michigan. Andrew Haggerty, junior, social work and psychology major There are definitely times when it's a great idea to sacrifice a good night's sleep to do something fun. The...

By Jenna Johnson  |  12:20 PM ET, 08/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Frosh Orientation, Hope College

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 08/03/2010

Financial Literacy 101

Today's frosh orientation guest lecturer is Kathryn Mullaney, vice president of finance at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Following the arrival of that coveted fat envelope from the college or university, students and parents typically sit down to figure...

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:01 AM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Frosh Orientation, St. Lawrence

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/02/2010

GWU dean's tips for the Class of 2014

Today's frosh orientation guest lecturer is Helen Cannaday Saulny, the dean of freshman at George Washington University. It's the beginning of August, which for incoming freshmen means the start of their college career in less than a month. Whether you...

By Jenna Johnson  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Frosh Orientation, George Washington

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 07/29/2010

Advice for frosh from Meredith College students

Welcome back to Freshman Orientation. Today a group of students at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., answered the question: What do you wish you knew freshman year? Allie Hargrove, Class of 2011 "I wish I had figured out earlier that...

By Jenna Johnson  |  03:29 PM ET, 07/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Frosh Orientation, Meredith College

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 07/28/2010

Commuters are college students, too

Today's frosh orientation guest lecturer is Daniel Sullivan, director of first year and transitional programs at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also has two daughters in college. Commuter students are sometimes overlooked when it comes to "preparing...

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:58 AM ET, 07/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Frosh Orientation, Nova Southeastern University

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 07/27/2010

College advice from a Sewanee junior

Welcome back to Freshman Orientation. And who better to give advice than a current student? So, today's guest lecturer is Kelly O'Mara, a junior studio art and English major at Sewanee: The University of the South. Remember everyone is just...

By Jenna Johnson  |  02:27 PM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Frosh Orientation, Sewanee

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 07/26/2010

Freshmen: Bring your manners to campus

Welcome to the first day of freshman orientation! Today's "guest lecturer" is Ruth Davis, a computer engineering professor at Santa Clara University. As a longtime college professor, I have noticed that today's students sometimes arrive missing some of their manners....

By Jenna Johnson  |  02:30 PM ET, 07/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Frosh Orientation, Santa Clara University

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 07/26/2010

Welcome to Freshman Orientation 2010

If you are headed to college for the first time this fall, chances are back-to-school has been on your mind all summer. Hopefully, you are excited -- these next four years (or five, or six) are going to be some...

By Jenna Johnson  |  02:08 PM ET, 07/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College 101 | Tags:  Frosh Orientation