10 Things You Won’t Want to Forget to Take to College
Feb02

10 Things You Won’t Want to Forget to Take to College

A lot of people are going to college online┬átoday, but many people still go out on their own and actually attend a brick-and-mortar school. If you’re going away to college, the chances are high that you’ll forget at least a couple of things. Mom and dad can mail them to you or bring them when they visit, but the more you remember to take with you the first time, the better off you (and your dorm room) will be. The top 10 things you won’t want to forget to take to college: Ear Plugs Even if your roommate swears that he or she ‘doesn’t snore,’ don’t take that person’s word for it. There may also be music, parties, and other distractions, depending on the dorm you’re in. It never hurts to bring some ear plugs along, and you can use them to get some quiet while you’restudying too – not just when you’re sleeping. Flip-Flops When you go to college, you’ll most likely be sharing a bathroom with a lot of people. You don’t want to get anything that they have, and some of the bathrooms can get pretty grimy. Plugs, Power Strips, and Adapters You can never have too many of these for your computer, clock radio, iPod, and everything else. Duct Tape No dorm room, home, or business should ever be without duct tape. Ever. It can fix most anything. Stapler You may not think you’ll need it, but you’ll need it. You’ll use it for all kinds of notes, reports,and other things. It will drive you crazy if you don’t have one. Containers or Crates for Storage There’s never enough storage in a dorm room, so it’s important that you bring some of your own. Just make sure there’s a place for them, they’re sturdy, and that they can be stacked neatly or fit easily under the bed. USB Flash Drive You should never leave home without one, and it can be such a valuable piece of electronic equipment. Keep it in your pocket or purse so it’s always ready. Extra Sheets Don’t let the hangover and the upset stomach from the party ruin your bed. Changing bedsheets is important. Vitamins You know you won’t eat well in college. No one does. Air Fresheners College kids aren’t the best about keeping themselves, their rooms, or their clothing clean. That’s especially true for guys, but some girls are bad about it, too. You don’t want to get a┬áreputation for having a stinky room, even if it’s your roommate that’s causing all of the scent problems. Air fresheners will be your best friend in college. Consider this your...

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Most Unusual College Courses of 2010
Dec08

Most Unusual College Courses of 2010

When touring a college campus, it's impossible to imagine the number and scope of classes the school may offer. Course topics may range from the basic freshman English to something far more exotic. In the post below, guest blogger Jayson Jones offers his list of the most unusual courses of 2010.  A guest post by Jayson Jones: For most, the college years entail years of prerequisite (AKA boring) classes that require lots of studying and effort to pass with high marks. There are, however, some exceptions to the norm. Even some of the top academic institutions are beginning to offer unique (and even downright strange) courses to help students learn in a more creative and interesting way that they can relate to. Evidently, even colleges are striving to keep up with popular culture. We've searched high and low to find the most unusual college courses in the United States. Here's what we discovered. Tree Climbing: Cornell University offers a tree climbing course in lieu of playing sports. That's right; students can learn how to climb in the canopy of a tree then move from tree to tree in the air. This unusual class satisfies a physical education credit.  Dogs and How We Know Them: This course seems like a given for all those dog-lovers out there. Offered at Harvard University, the class examines the history of dogs and how their domestication and breeding has been conceptualized. It examines the social behavior and symbolism of the role of dogs in the lives of human beings. The Joy of Garbage: This one definitely sounds like a made-up course, but Santa Clara University offers a science course that examines decomposition and sustainability through the study of actual garbage (including nuclear waste). Students visit local landfills and sanitation plants on field trips. Maple Syrup Making: Alfred University has a course in maple syrup making where students learn how syrup is made, then taste and make their own. Yum! The Science of Harry Potter: Frostburg State University offers a course in which students learn about physics by studying the Harry Potter series, and whether the phenomena in the books could be plausible given genetic engineering, antigravity, etc. The Science of Superheroes: Using a familiar context of superheroes (Spider-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, etc.), UC Irvine professors teach students about the physics of flying and fluid dynamics. Pro Wrestling: This class won't actually teach you to wrestle like a pro, but it will review the cultural history of wrestling and how the depiction of American masculinity has been represented through time. The class is offered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of the Comparative...

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