Reverse Culture Shock

Culture shock is a topic I’m sure most study abroad advisers touched upon before the departure for the trip. But, what about the return home? Wait, we have to go through the whole culture shock thing…again? And, this time it’s in our own stomping grounds?

I’m not saying it happens to everyone, but my study abroad advisers warned us that the “reverse culture shock” when coming back home could be worse than the initial culture shock entering the foreign country. (more…)

10 Most Expensive US Colleges

Higher education is expensive, plain and simple. It set’s both parent’s a student’s in debt that takes years to pay off. Some schools are more expensive than others; private vs. public, in state, or out-of-state tuition, or if the school is in a big city or not can contribute to the cost. Specific programs may cost more than others as well. Most places, however, do offer financial aid. Listed are some of the most expensive schools in the United States as of 2011 tuition rates. (more…)

Bucket List for Graduating Seniors

If you are reading this, you are probably a college senior. Congratulations on making it thus far! These four years at college really do fly by and now you may have mixed feelings about this period in your life: you might feel nostalgic and reminiscent of your good-old college days and memories and wish to stay longer. On the other hand, you might be itching to get the heck out of there and move on and open the next chapter. Whatever your sentiments are, here are a few suggestions on what you should do before walking across the podium and picking up your college degree: (more…)

Finish Spring Semester Strong!

As the school year comes to a close, college students have all got just one thing on our minds: summer! But before we escape the burdens of textbooks, pencils, cram sessions and ehem, fine dining hall cuisine, there is still work left to do. Think of the academic year as one long grueling marathon. You have dug deep for all those miles, will you quit when the finish line is in sight? Not if we have anything to do with it.  Here are four ways to finish your spring semester strong. (more…)

Top 5 Most Useless Dorm Items

Packing for your first semester of college can be a stressful experience. The night before move-in day, you may be plagued with the constant feeling that you’ve forgotten something important. This is understandable, but once you get settled in to your new living quarters, you may find that your “preparations” have become a hindrance. Here are some examples of common clutter plaguing residence halls everywhere: (more…)

College Relationships: Some Basic “Dos” and “Don’ts”

​Finally! You’ve moved on from petty high school dating into the more mature, more free world of college relationships. Many people even find their spouses in college!

But whoa, step on the brakes. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Relationships are more than what you see in childhood fairytales, especially at this point in your life. Now that you’re out on your own (for the most part) and can make your own decisions, making the right choices in your romantic relationships can spell success and happiness for the both of you. (more…)

7 Things to Know Before You Study Abroad

Have you made the decision to study abroad or are you thinking about it? Studying abroad can be one of the most amazing experiences any student can have. Not only are you attending a different school, but you are going to get immersed in an entirely different culture than what you are used to.  You make new friends from all over the world, and gain a great deal of knowledge about international politics, food, and daily life. (more…)