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12 useful tips for new college and university students

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University Tips
Although many new college and university students are already knee deep within the academic year, there are still others anticipating the transition from high school to tertiary-level education. It is never too early to start planning for this big step within your life. Guidance counsellors will usually advise students to start doing their research during their penultimate year of secondary school, which is very good since you are provided with a lot of time to get things done. You really do not want to leave this work for the last minute because the pressure of final exams and other activities will most definitely interfere. I cannot give advice on which schools to choose, but I can provide some general recommendations that you should consider no matter where you go. Having gone through the application process no less than 3 times, I know that these suggestions work.

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4 September, 2010 at 10:31 AM

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University students – Appliance buying guide

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Dorm HallwayI wish a guide like this was available when I first stepped onto the university campus. Whether you are a freshman or returning student, you definitely need a few appliances to help you store and cook the tons of food (and drink) your inquisitive mind requires for fuel. However, because the small size of dorm rooms usually limit the size and amount of appliances you can bring, you need to make smart choices without sacrificing too much on functionality. ConsumerReports.com has compiled a list of some essential, space-saving and affordable items you may want to obtain. Realize that different universities will have a restricted items list, so keep them in mind when shopping.

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14 February, 2010 at 8:52 PM

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Laptop buying tips for college and university students

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LaptopComputers have become a very large part of our everyday lives. For the college or university student, a computer is an invaluable piece of technology with limitless possibilities. Not only do we use them to write reports, do research and communicate with our professors, but they are also a means for socialization and recreation. If you are a new student preparing to walk the halls of tertiary education then you will definitely need one. This guide will provide some useful tips on things students should look for in a good laptop. Hopefully, after reading this, you should be better equipped to make a decision on the laptop you want based on practicality and affordability, while not sacrificing much on features and appearance.

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13 February, 2010 at 2:24 PM

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MIA while I tackle with medical school

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CaduceusUnfortunately, my blog updates have slipped. So I just wanted to post something to at least show some signs of activity. I still have an article to publish concerning some modified .htaccess code for GZipping static and dynamic web pages, but will not be able to do anything for a while now as schoolwork has to take priority.

I should have posted this earlier, but I am now in medical school pursuing an MBBS. Hopefully, by 2014, I should be graduating from the program and transitioning into specialization, but that is a long time off. Right now I am heavily focused on getting through this first semester of year 1 because I hear it is the toughest stage. Therefore, most of my time is spent reading medical textbooks and studying. I am not looking forward to having to resit any exams, so I have to put the majority of my focus on my work. That means that I may be making fewer regular posts here. However, that is no sign that my blog is going anywhere. If I manage my time well, keeping this blog active should not be a problem.

Anyway, it’s back to the books. Exams are quickly approaching. I never doubted that medical school was difficult, but I now have a new appreciation for the tremendous amount of work good doctors have to put in to become successful healthcare practitioners.

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22 November, 2009 at 8:57 PM

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University students – Advice for the first week of classes

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Lecture TheatreAs part of their Back To School series of articles, Lifehacker.com has published an altered version of 10 must-dos students should follow for the first week of college/university classes. The tips range from making an effort to attend your classes to ways of getting your required textbooks. These recommendations come directly from professors, so you know they are sound. Every university or college student should consider following the advice if they want to start off the new academic year in good standing. Even returning students will find the article helpful for getting them back into the right frame of mind after a long summer break.

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1 September, 2009 at 9:00 AM

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The entomology student

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insect-ento.jpgOne of the courses I am taking this year is Entomology and it is a requirement that I make a collection of insects for study and submission later in the term. Yesterday, I got my gear together and went exploring in the bushes around my dorm building. The area has quite a bit of rotting wood and natural vegetation that I thought it would be a cinch to capture some bugs. However, it proved more difficult than expected.

My first capture was a large ant; no big deal! Ants are everywhere! Anyway, I kept it. I lifted some old rotting logs, dug around under trees but couldn’t find anything. It must be due to the cold weather or these bugs are more clever than I anticipated. Anyway, I went for the mass capture device: the net! After swinging it around in the bushes I found that I caught a grasshopper (who was very energetic!), a bee and a few bush spiders. I tossed out the spiders and took the other two, but I needed something else. That something else came in the form of a very hairy caterpiller which I didn’t euthanize because I didn’t have any equipment for storage. I still took him back to my room and while I pinned the other guys, the little hairy critter did a little exploration of his own around my desk! I tried to trap him on some wire surrounded by some sugar-water, but he was so keen on leaving that he was swimming to escape! I eventually let him go and got back to my pinning.

This morning I found another weird bug clinging to my room’s ceiling. I got out the net and whisked him into a jar quickly. It didn’t take long before I was performing another impalement! I really don’t know much about Canadian bugs, but I hope I can find a lot for my collection. Time does not permit me to travel to remote sites for gathering so I hope all these bugs either come to me or that there is a bountiful ecosystem just outside my dorm that I haven’t explored yet! Wish me luck!

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17 September, 2007 at 9:18 AM