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Too much and Too comfortable

I recently started a Virtual Certified Peer Educator Training through NASPA and I saw a slide that resonated with me, "Common Traps of a Peer Educator: Trying to do too much." A lot of us student leaders or even just active students on campus, fall into this trap. I...

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To The Class of 2024

I can almost remember the summer before my freshman year in college like it was yesterday: frequent runs to go dorm shopping and storage bins covering the dining room floor. After a twelve-hour drive, I arrived at WPI. Once my family helped me unpack my belongings in...

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I Almost Didn’t Apply To My Dream School

If it weren’t for robotics, I never would have known about the small engineering school on a hill in Worcester, Massachusetts. All through junior year, all I could focus on was Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). I found myself on Youtube watching WPI’s videos that...

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Apartment Hunting

As a first generation student something that isn't really talked about is finding off campus housing. Most students have at least one parent who attended university and when the time came they found an apartment, found roommates and signed a lease. As a first gen...

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First Things First

Hi All! My name is Celia Hernandez and I am a Sophomore Psychology Major with a double minor in Sociology and Children's Studies at Illinois State University. With this degree, I am interested in pursuing school psychology or child psychology  I am the oldest and I...

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Sorority- Scary or Sweet?

Growing up I watched countless TV show's tell me how scary or judgemental greek life or more specifically sororities were. In my head, this built up an image of a group of girls who were mean and cruel. Being a first-generation student made it super difficult my first...

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A Glimpse into a Dartmouth Winterim!

One of the coolest and also stressful things about the Dartmouth D-Plan and quarter system is that we tend to have shorter terms and so our finals come up a lot quicker. But, this also means that I typically get to be done with finals before the holidays! (Yes, even...

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Getting Ready for the Final Stretch

When I first got to UT Austin, I did not know what to expect. I knew it was going to be a lot more difficult than any of the classes I ever took in high school, but I don't think I was truly prepared for what was coming my way. If I am being honest, I did not know how...

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