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Firsthand stories of first-gen students

Rate this article and enter to winGoing to college is one of life’s most rewarding—and also demanding—experiences. For first-generation college students whose parents did not have the same opportunities, the financial, social, academic, and...
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Mind your mind: Troublesome thoughts & what to do with them

Ever heard of “floating noting”? Probably not—because it’s a cute, rhyming nickname created by yours truly. The practice, though, came from Burmese meditation masters, and it’s a beautifully simple method for dealing with complicated...
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The study drug debate: Do they create an academic advantage?

Rate this article and enter to winThe non-prescription use of stimulant drugs, such as Adderall® and Ritalin®, appears to be on the rise. You might hear them nicknamed “study drugs” or “brain steroids,” and...
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How to handle a passive-aggressive roommate: Even if it’s you

Rate this article and enter to winA roommate getting passive-aggressive can make you want to move time zones away. You may be familiar with sneak attacks by roommates, like procrastinating on emptying the trash,...
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Mind your mind: How to summer mindfully

June is here, and several massive changes are just around the corner. First, no more mindfulness columns until next fall! (I know; I’m sad about it too.) Second, summer break is coming up, if...
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Capturing your creativity: How to engage your brain outside the classroom

Rate this article and enter to winIf you’re anything like me, college is really, for lack of a better word, hard. The workload is intense, and though I was always smart, I never considered...