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Academic Life


Although your college life probably includes much more than just academics, staying on top of your academic requirements is the key to your ultimate goal: graduation. Learn how to stay focused, stay balanced, and make the most of your time in the classroom.
  1. Handling the Workload
  2. Choosing Your Academic Path
  3. Interacting with Professors
  4. Overcoming Challenges Along the Way
  1. Finding Balance
  2. Studying Abroad
  3. The Value of a College Degree

Handling the Workload

Lecture. Discussion. Reading. Homework. Lab time. Lab reports. Papers. Research. Midterms. Group work. Finals. How's a college student to handle it all?

Choosing Your Academic Path

From picking classes to picking a major, the array of academic options available to college students can sometimes seem overwhelming. Figure out how to narrow down your choices and create an academic experience that's exactly what you want.

Interacting with Professors

They may seem intimidating at first, but most college professors are interesting, engaging people who want to help. Knowing how to make the most of your interactions with them can have a significant and long-lasting impact on your academic experience.

Overcoming Challenges Along the Way

While balancing the usual college requirements can be hard enough, life sometimes gets in the way. And while things can sometimes seem completely overwhelming (if not darned near impossible), there is almost always a way to figure out how to stay on track academically despite your circumstances.

Finding Balance

True, you may be able to get everything done during your time in school, but it may not be pretty. Finding and maintaining balance amidst the chaos of your college life can be a challenge, but it also can become crucial for preventing burnout and sustaining yourself until graduation day.

Studying Abroad

The perfect academic complement to anyone's college experience, studying abroad can be the highlight of your time in school. From what it costs to how it can help your career after you graduate, make sure you've thought and planned everything through before boarding the plane.

The Value of a College Degree

Earning a college degree provides you with a lifetime of benefits: intellectual, academic, social, financial, personal, professional. Remembering why you're working so hard for that one piece of paper can be a challenge sometimes, however.

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