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5 Important Things to Do Before College Starts

It’s the summer before your college education begins – are you ready? This is an exciting but often stressful and hectic time in your life, so you want to be sure you have all your ducks in a row before heading off to your first semester! Here are 5 important things to do before college …
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3 Things to Do During a Gap Year

Have you weighed your options after graduation and decided to take a gap year? It can be a great choice for students! But that doesn’t mean you should waste the next year. You have a few different options on how you can spend the next 12 months and get some meaningful lessons out of your …
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The Importance of Internet Safety in College

As wonderful as the internet is, it comes with a host of dangers. As a college student, you’ll use the internet daily for project research, turning in assignments, tracking your grades, and binging Netflix. It’s crucial to browse as safely as you can. That’s where these tips—and NordVPN—come in. Here’s what you need to know. Colleges …
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Common Freshman Year Regrets and How to Avoid Them

There are a lot of things to plan for when you’re heading into your freshman year of college. Yet everyone makes mistakes. There are common freshman year regrets though! Here’s how you can avoid them: Picking 8am Classes If They’re Not a Morning Person While you may be ready and anxious to attend your classes, …
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17 Supplies to Enhance Your Study Sessions

At no extra cost to you, College Raptor may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.  Whether you’re in high school or college, when it comes to school you’ll have to study for your classes. To craft the perfect study session, it helps to have the proper materials to keep you focused …
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College Freshman Move In Day FAQs

If you’re moving into your college dorm, you may have a few questions prior to the move in date. Here are just a few of the most frequently asked questions. When Do I Move In? College students’ move in date depends entirely on their specific school. Your college should have it listed on their website …
Prepare for your freshman year with these tips
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 13 Ways to Prepare for Your Freshman Year of College

You’ve finished high school, and now you’re getting ready for that next big adventure—college. Of course, college is going to have its challenges. At times it will be stressful—but, it will also be rewarding and fun. The key is to be prepared, both in and out of the classroom. Follow these 13 tips to prepare …
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3 Unique and Helpful College Packing Tips

You may know by now: packing too much when you’re heading to your freshman year of college is super easy. However, not all planning and packing skills are going to be known to you right away, especially if you’re the first person in your family who is going to college. Here are three unique and …