Author: Arianna Takis

How to Transition into Spring!

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Now that it is finally spring, its time to transition from the cold and gloomy winter into the warm and sunny spring time. Here are some ways you can change into the new season.

Time to Spring Clean!

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Things you can do to spring clean can include getting rid of old clothes that you no longer wear anymore and donating them, throwing away assignments from previous class that you don’t need anymore, and organizing all your schoolwork.

Exercise Outdoors!

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Now that the weather is warming up, you can now transition your exercises from inside at the gym to the beautiful outdoors. Enjoy the sunshine while its there!

 Spring Wardrobe!

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Shed your heavy winter coats and boots and update your wardrobe into lighter and more colorful clothes. Since the weather is getting warmer, it is suggested to wear clothes that have fabric that breathes well.

How to Successfully Prepare for Midterms

Preparing for midterms is extremely important if you hope to ace this year of college.  Read the suggested steps to successfully prepare for midterms below.

1. Re-read your assigned chapters form your textbooks and notes.

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You might have forgotten some details or did not understand the material the first time around. It is a good idea to refresh your memory. The importance of refreshing is studying 101.

2. Study in groups.

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You can help out your classmates by sharing ideas about the subject and they can help you understand something that was possibly unclear in class. You can also be more motivated to study with others because they can push you to show up and stay focused. The benefits of group study are plenty.

3. Do not procrastinate. 

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You have heard this before and it could not be more true. Give yourself enough time to take in the material and do NOT leave studying to the last minute because you will most likely not remember when you need to know for your exams. You do not want to be rushing while studying and pulling an all-nighter since you want to get enough sleep. Studies have shown that all-nighters can be detrimental to your performance and health.

Net Neutrality- Open Internet Approved

Net Neutrality RegulationsThe Federal Communications Commission approved the policy of net neutrality for open access to the Internet.  It was a 3-2 vote. Internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, and among others can now be regulated by the Federal Government to abide by new net neutrality rules. These rules would require all legal content to be treated equally by these providers.

“The Internet is the most powerful and persuasive platform on the planet.  It’s simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

With net neutrality, Internet service providers cannot favor or block certain websites.  Net neutrality means open Internet and allows for small business and start-ups to advertise their services with a fair playing field.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Not sure you really understand it? Read What is net neutrality and what does it do for me? on www.USAToday.com.

How to Take Advantage of College Resources

Going to college is going to be arguably the best time of your life for many reasons.  There are plenty of reasons to love every second.  However, a large amount of students do not realize what college resources they are missing out on.  Let’s go through the list of college resources you should be taking advantage of today!

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1. Join a career-oriented club or organization.

There are many different clubs and organizations that can help you understand and be involved with a career you want to pursue. These clubs can help you build a resumé and inform you about important things to know about that career. There are organizations for just about any career- journalism, marketing, engineering, etc. If there isn’t one at your school, then create one yourself!

2. Attend career fairs.

Any time there is a career fair at your school, take advantage of the opportunity to talk to professionals that have insight on that career. They can tell you specifics about internships and you can network with people that are actually in that business.

3. Go to a school tutor.

If you are struggling with a certain subject, go toy our school’s learning center and there will be other students able to help you- most of the time FOR FREE. Many campuses have peers or graduate students help others with their writing and other work.

4. Visit a counselor or adviser.

If you need help scheduling your classes, don’t know what to expect from your major, and even just need someone to talk to, visit your academic adviser or counselor. Many schools offer counseling services that are including in your tuition.

Student Loans. Can Yours Be Forgiven?

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President Obama included a new repayment program for student loans in his 2016 budget proposal for Congress that will expand the income-based repayment plan put into place last summer.

“Let’s tell another one million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years- and forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service, because in the United Stated of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college,” said President Obama in his 2010 State of the Union address.

There are 40 million Americans with student loans which adds up to $1.2 trillion in outstanding debt.

Income-based repayment borrowers make payments based on their incomes and can qualify for loan forgiveness. The Education Department plans to make all borrowers eligible for a plan involving “pay as you earn.”

For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/ensuring-that-student-loans-are-affordable.