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Two students studying outside on a blanket surrounded by books.
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Pros and Cons of Different Study Spaces

When you need to hunker down and study hard, where do you go? In college, there are a lot of options for study venues, but each one has upsides and downsides. One study space might be beneficial to one student and distracting to another. Here are some pros and cons of the various places to …
Two college roommates meeting for the first time and sitting in a bed inside a dorm room.
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Do’s and Don’ts: Meeting Your Roommate for the First Time

You’ve seen the commercials about college. Your dorm is all neat, nicely decorated, and your roommate instantly becomes your best friend upon first meeting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. Meeting your roommates for the first time can be awkward and nerve-wracking. What do you say? Will you have anything in common?  Will you …
Microwave recipes - blueberry mug muffin
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7 Recipes to Make in Your Microwave!

Easy Mac, Ramen, and leftover pizza might be stereotypical staples of the college diet, but sometimes you might want something a little different. But if you’re living in the dorms, you probably don’t have a fully-fledged kitchen at your disposal. Or even if you’re in an apartment, maybe you just don’t have the time. What …
Build a professional wardrobe from the bottom up
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Building a Professional Wardrobe from the Bottom Up

In high school, our teachers and counselors tell us that “dressing for success” is often the first step to obtaining the jobs and careers we want in the real world. But what does that really mean? What classifies as professional dress? Where would you begin to look? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We’re going …
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Making the Most of Your Summer: A Reading List

During the school year, you’re bombarded with books to read from every class. It can get expensive, overwhelming and sometimes downright boring. However, deciding to pick up a book during the summer break has its advantages. Summer break allows you to take your time and choose books that you enjoy. What would you read if …
Staying on campus during summer can feel a bit daunting.
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Making the Most of Your Summer: Staying on Campus

The decision to stay on campus, whether it’s to work, takes classes, or maybe both might be a little daunting. Most of your friends or roommates may have returned home and you might feel like you’re the only soul left to walk on the sidewalks. College Raptor has a few suggestions on making the most …
Things to do in the summer
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Making the Most of Your Summer: A To-Do List

Now that school is over, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do with all this newly-found free time. You’re wondering what to do in a time that doesn’t demand reading assignments, essays or studying for exams until you can’t see straight. College Raptor is here to lend you a hand in deciding what this …
You're moving home for the summer.
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Making the Most of Your Summer: Moving Home

Congratulations! You’ve finished another full year of college in one piece. After finals have drained what seems like almost every bit of life out of you, you can rest and relax comfortably. Because, hey, you’ve earned it! Now here comes the oh-so-important, million-dollar question…what’s next? For some of you, that “next” means moving home for …
Here's how you can avoid the freshman 15 in the dining hall
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8 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15: Dining Hall Edition

Throughout your freshman year of college, you’ll probably spend a good about of time in the dining hall. It’s a place where you can meet new people, hang out with friends, or take a quick, refueling study break. The dining hall provides plenty of yummy options, which can make it hard to control your eating …