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Summer Plans for Incoming College Freshmen

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 @ 03:15 PM

How to Spend Your Summer Before College

As the caps come off and the graduation celebrations begin, many high school graduates lookforward to the unbridled freedom of the summer before college. After twelve plus years of non-stop academic and extracurricular responsibilities, this summer provides a much-needed chance for students to unwind after a hectic year of college applications and before an exciting freshman year. Rather than sleep through the hot summer days, use your time to prepare for the year ahead.

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Campus Safety Tips

By IvyWise on Wed, May 29, 2013 @ 03:25 PM

Graduating Seniors Need to Keep Campus Safety in Mind Before Going to College

For many students, college is the first time they’ll be living on their own without mom and dad watching over them. While it can be exciting to think about a social life not influenced by curfews, check-in phone calls, and helicopter parents, with new freedom comes new responsibility. Though schools go to great lengths to ensure safety on their campuses, students must also be aware that their personal safety is largely their responsibility.  With these simple tips, students can stay safe, both on and off campus. 

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Finding A College Roommate in 2013

By Becca Huntting on Wed, May 22, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

Facebook, Online Profiles, and More Go Into Roommate Searches

Finding a college roommate is not necessarily up to a random assignment by the housing office these days. Facebook groups and roommate finder websites have revamped this process allowing for optimal co-habitation compatibility. No longer is requesting the same dorm the only criteria that will go into finding your future roommate. Cleanliness, desired noise-level, study habits, style, extracurricular activities, and interests are all taken into account when incoming freshmen hold the power of choosing their own roommates.  

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Lessons From College Movies

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Movies about admissions and college life offer some major Dos and Don’ts  

College movies throughout the years have offered insights and advice about college admissions and the college experience. Classic films portray students navigating applications, freshmen year, and the college social scene. While many movies include a sound moral, some plot sequences may be questionable to audience members.  

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Wacky College Courses

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 03:52 PM

Who Said Learning Can't Be Fun? Interesting and Odd College Classes

Did you know that at some schools you can take a classes on Harry Potter, how to watch the TV show The Wire, and even one on Lady GaGa’s (actual) fame? Many colleges these days are offering interesting course selections that take pop culture and familiar icons and use them as tie-ins to deeper, more intellectual ideas and lessons. 

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Choosing a Major in College

By IvyWise on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

Finding Your Best Fit Major When You're Already at Your Best Fit School 

In high school, I had all the makings of a future English major.  My favorite classes were English and history because I could express my ideas through writing.  I served as senior editor of the literary magazine and wrote for the school newspaper.  My classmates asked me to brainstorm theses and edit their papers.  I was inspired and challenged by my English teachers, who supported and cultivated my love of reading.  Whenever I discussed my aspirations to study English, my friends joked about my future unemployment.

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5 Essentials for College Freshmen Move-In Day

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:31 AM

Check Your List and Check It Twice!

The fall semester is here, and with it comes the day new students look forward to the most, and the day some parents dread the most: college move-in day! For many incoming freshmen, this is the first time they will be living away from home, and the task of getting everything they need to survive in only a few boxes can be a tricky one.

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Advice for College Freshmen

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 01:28 PM

IvyWise's Advice for College Freshmen

It's just about time for last year's high school seniors to become college freshmen. Armed with school supplies, extra-long twin sheets, and pictures of family and friends, the college class of 2016 is about to embark on an exciting four-year journey. Recently, our counselors, many of whom are former admissions officers, shared their best advice for students embarking on the college application process. This week, our staff members, including recent graduates from Barnard College, Wesleyan University, and New York University, share the advice we wish we had received before leaving home.

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Are You Hoping to Transfer?

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 01:23 PM

Tips for the Transfer Admissions Process

Nearly one in three college students transfer at some point in their college career. If you've thought about your reasons for transferring and are still sold on the idea, here are some tips from the experts at IvyWise.

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Are You Thinking of Transferring Colleges?

By Sarah Shanahan on Thu, Jan 05, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

Is the Grass Really Greener on Another Quad?

For many seniors, January 1st brought a welcome end to the college application process. For some college students though, the New Year and the completion of the Fall semester bring thoughts of giving the process another go. Perhaps a "dream school" isn't living up to expectations, or life as an engineering student isn't what you thought it would be.

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