Whether you go to Marylhurst University or any other college, it can be hard to know where you fit in. You may have trouble where you fit in academically or you may struggle making new friends and fitting in socially. The truth is that college is a completely different environment from what you were used to in high school. You may have been the most popular kid in your high school, but in college, it may all change.

In college, there are a lot more people around and, without a safety net or the comfort and familiarity of lifelong friends, it can be very hard to find your place. However, if you want to fit in and carve out your own niche on campus, there are a number of things you can do.

Of course, you don’t want it to look like you are forcing yourself to fit in, so you want to be strategic. Moreover, you want to take your time; finding your place in college doesn’t happen overnight.

Here is how to find where you fit on your college campus

Participate in Various Extracurricular Activities

One way to find your place in college is to join various extracurricular groups and clubs. For instance, there may be a recreational sports team or a charity group. You may also do a beach clean up or go to a rally. The best part about college is that you are finding yourself, so if you want to find your place, you have to put yourself out there.

Find an Academic Social Club

Another way to find your place in college is to join a social club. On any given campus, there are dozens of social and academic clubs. For instance, you may want to join a film group. In that group, you will watch films, analyze them and critique them. Also, you may want to try out a literature group, which will give you a chance to read classics and more obscure titles. You never know who you will meet in one of these groups.

Talk to People

Of course, you won’t really find yourself until you start meeting people. You want to meet people because it will broaden your network of friends and acquaintances. The bigger your network is, the sooner you will find your place. The last thing you want is to shut yourself off. If you are shy, then introducing yourself to new people is a great way to put yourself out there and practice speaking up.

Check Out Greek Life

If you are interested in joining a sorority or a fraternity, your place on campus may be in Greek life. Of course, Greek life can be demanding and there may be a lot of challenges, but it can actually be a lot of fun. If you like a lot of excitement, this may be your place on campus.

Start with Your Friends

It may be that the friends you make are your place on campus. If you are friends with the artsy kids, you may want to be in the artsy group. If your friends are in the science realm, maybe science is the place for you. In the end, you want to feel like you belong.

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It is easy to do the bare minimum while in college: skim by on C grades, do a minimal amount of studying, or to let other people handle most of the work. Truth is, however, that this minimal attitude will not allow you to get all you can out of these limited years. College is a time of learning certain life skills, and learning how to correctly study is a skill that not only will help you in school but will also aid in your choice of career.

Breaking a habit can be incredibly difficult and time-consuming, but trust us, it’s completely worth it.

  1. Studying from Home

This may seem like an odd idea but the truth is that studying at home is not conducive to performing well in college. For one, there are so many distractions at home: laundry, chores, food, random things to play with, TV, video games, and roommates. Even locking yourself in your bedroom can prove detrimental as a bed in your peripheral vision may make a nap too much of a tempting alternative to hitting the books.

  1. Studying All Night

While there are some benefits to cramming, staying up the entire night before an exam is not one of them. In order for the brain to function properly, it needs time to rest. Not getting an adequate amount of sleep can slow down your brain’s processing of information which turns into you losing all retention when you sit down to take an exam. Break this habit by spreading out your study times for before bedtime.

  1. Only Reading After Class

Did you know that if you read the assigned content before class that your brain is more likely to remember the information? If the text is fresh in your mind, your brain will create automatic organization storage, similar to file cabinets, that will then assign the content correctly as your professor goes over it. You will also be able to ask questions about the reading since you’ve already read it and gain a better understanding of the material. 

  1. Procrastination

Everyone knows procrastinating is never a healthy way to get things done. Not only does it place a lot of pressure on your brain to figure things out, but it also drains you very quickly. Make time management a priority so that you are not waiting until the very last minute to finish projects, papers, or study for an exam.

  1. Listening to Music (with lyrics)

When you listen to music while studying, it can be very distracting. This only gets worse when you add lyrics and random beats that take over your brain. Our recommendation, if you insist on listening to music while studying is to go lyric-free. Classical music, scores from movies, or a general instrumental so that the only words you hear are the ones you are reading from the text. Classical music is also said to help aid the brain as well as make the human body feel calm.

If you are looking to earn good grades and make the most of your years in college, be it studying for the University of Wisconsin’s pre-law classes, you’ll need to establish healthy study habits.

Of all of the things a college campus is great for — getting an education, making new friends, making memories, or starting your career — getting in good shape usually isn’t one of them. College towns are filled with fast-food chains and local greasy food joints: places that serve legendary burritos, tasty pizza, or diner food. And exercise isn’t exactly part of the culture on these campuses either. They’re filled with anxious, overworked students who rarely show any interest in waking up at 5:30 am to go on a jog. Between class loads, internships, and social obligations, students of the University of North Carolina alike probably don’t have time to exercise regularly. (more…)

When most people think of the word ‘beach’ they envision clear skies, clearer waters, and burying their feet under the pearly white sand. When certain college students think of the word ‘beach’, they think of their college campus.

Wait, am I missing something here?  Some students actually go to a college that has an amazing campus nestled right on the beach? What was the reason I decided to go to college inland again? Please excuse my self-loathing. Yes, believe it or not, some students go to college in paradise!  If your goal is to spend your college career studying on the beach, this article is for you!

5 amazing college campuses located near the Beach:

  1. Pepperdine University

Two words: Malibu, California. After you are done thinking about movie stars, surfing, and perfect weather, I want to introduce you to Pepperdine University. As you probably guessed, Pepperdine University is located in beautiful Malibu, California, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This private university sits on 830 acres and is only a mere five-minute walk from the world-famous Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Can you say surfing after class? This university is also known for its religious affiliations and strict academic standards.

  1. Flagler College

Located in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida which, might I add, has the title of being the nation’s oldest European-settled city (1565 by the Spanish); this picturesque college is only minutes away from the Atlantic ocean and surrounding beaches including Vilano beach! This private liberal arts college was built with beautiful Spanish architecture and are the perfect place for history buffs! Flagler College is generally more affordable in comparison to other liberal art colleges. Attend school here if the coastal / city lifestyle appeals to you.

  1. University of California – San Diego

For those that don’t know, San Diego is the quintessential surf town complete with perfect weather, perfect beaches, and consistent surf. Now enter the University of California – San Diego.  This public university rests in the middle of the La Jolla area putting you mere miles away from the beach.  UCSD is also known for its academic excellence. In particular, this university is often considered one of the top 10 public universities and is known for science. If you are interested in a career in the sciences, this might be the university for you.

  1. Eckerd College

Eckerd College can be found on the sunny coast of St. Petersburg, Florida, and offers students some of the best views on this list.  This private liberal arts college sits on 188 acres and is known for its marine science program.  Although Eckerd is a small college, it offers students world-class views.

  1. The University of Hawaii at Manoa

No top beach college campus list would be complete without at least one school from Hawaii.  Nestled in the hills of the island of Oahu, this world-class campus offers students access to world-famous beaches. In between studying for UAB’s bachelor’s in information systems, I encourage you to give these famous beaches a try! If surfing isn’t your thing, this public university is known for its academic excellence and having strong science programs.

Dorm Room Items to Pack when Leaving for Out-of-state College:

There are some essential dorm room items you absolutely should think about when leaving home to move into an out of state college. As most college students are excited to get back to school (and partying), be sure to think about where to get many of the essential room items you’ll need when arriving.

Here’s a quick list of bedroom and dorm room items to get before moving in:

Dorm Rooms & College Home Rentals

Depending on which campus your located on, be sure to bring ample pillows and blankets to ensure you can cycle out items as they get dirty and are in the wash. Some college students will be living in rental homes, which you’ll need even more items, including the following:

Grab a List and go through everything you have in your current room and see what needs to be bought or brought with you!