Tips for Incoming College Freshman & Transfer Students

Since it’s the middle of summer and it’s the time when many new college students are visiting campuses and taking tours, here are three practical tips, that will help in making daily life at a new college easier.

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A rolling cart that’s been semi-folded.

Grocery Shopping: To make grocery shopping easier and faster, consider buying your own folding rolling cart.¬† If–like most students–you don’t plan on buying and bringing your own car while attending college (especially if it’s in an urban area with an okay public transit system), getting your own rolling cart saves so much time because you won’t:

  • Be constantly juggling bags while walking back home. So many of my friends (and myself during the first week) would have a difficult trek back home, dropping our bags, fruits, and other things we bought. It’s an unpleasant experience that a rolling cart can alleviate.
  • Have to make repeated return trips to buy more stuff. In order to avoid the difficulty of juggling heavy grocery bags while walking, most people will just buy smaller amounts but make more trips to the store. But people will have to repeatedly walk back-and-forth to the store and stand in the check-out line, wasting a ton of time that can be used¬† for studying or having fun. But a regular-sized rolling cart takes care of this. And

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Useful Websites to Learn Coding & Design

If you’re a liberal arts major you don’t have to minor in computer science or enroll in advance computer classes to learn some coding and expand your computer skills. It’s probably best — and more cost effective — to learn on your own and at your own pace using some free online sources. Here are some websites that are not only free, but are high in quality, as well!

  1. Codecademy: A good website to start developing some web building skills. It presents various Internet coding concepts with a set of exercises to help you learn HTML, CSS, Javascript, and other skills. What makes it better and stand out from just watching a YouTube video is its great and intuitive design. Not having to watch a video saves you time from having to watch video and try to understand varying qualities of audio. The layout of the website is also very easy to navigate, with menus for the lessons presented in an aesthetically simple graphics. Plus, most of the lessons are written in a straight-forward, easy to understand way and are presented in logical, digestible bits. Continue reading

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