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Top Websites for College Students

March 13, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges, Reviews

Lets face it; us college kids spend A LOT of time on the Internet. Whether it be Googling like crazy when it comes to homework or binge watching Netflix, we’re probably using it at least a couple hours per day. Here are the tops sites I visit on a daily basis just to give you a rough idea of what websites are most popular for college students:

1. Buzzfeed: We all know that Buzzfeed is definitely NOT a reliable or trustworthy place to get our news, but it has this charm about it that keeps us coming back for more. There is content ranging from real news story articles to the “28 Ways Your Life Has Failed You.” I think the main draw to this website is the relaxed nature of it and range and relate-ability of the articles. Where else are you going to find spot on articles about “the top 10 things you’ll miss about your college roommates” that you can post on your friends walls while wiping your watering eyes? I also think that the specific articles you can find on this site make it personal and funny. For example, you know I’m going to post the article, “16 Struggles all people with big hair know to be true” on my friends Facebook wall who happens to have crazy, wonderfully curly locks. If you’re bored surfing the web, Buzzfeed most definitely has an article that you will read and relate to instantly.

BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed

2. Netflix: “All Hail the Holy Grail!” Wait – but seriously, Netflix is HUGE for college students and if you don’t have your own account that you pay for every month you most likely have someone’s account information so that you can mooch off of them and get your binge watching in from time to time. Netflix has a huge selection of movies and TV shows that are perfect for when you just want to lounge around and relax. They’ve also come up with their own TV shows that have been really popular such as “Orange is the New Black.” It’s only $7.99 per month, and I think it’s totally worth it if you’re an avid movie/TV watcher. Streaming is always pretty fast and you don’t have to deal with viruses from other sites that claim you can watch for “free”.

3. Google: For me personally, Google is the number one search engine that I live by. As a writer, I am constantly looking up words to understand their exact meaning so that I am using them properly. I think that this is probably the most visited website/search engine for college students today, and for most people it is actually saved as their homepage. If Google didn’t exist college kids would have a very hard time getting through the day!

4. Social Media Sites: If you’re behind someone in class and they have their laptop out, their most likely on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social network sites. This is the main means of communication for our generation, so it’s no surprise that we are typically always on these networks. People get their news, talk with friends, and check out their favorite topics/interests on these sites.

Social Media

Social Media

5. Indeed.com: This is more for seniors, but in my experience Indeed.com has been a really great website for job searching and even internship searching. If you’re a student in college and you’re seriously trying to search for a job or an internship, I would highly suggest making an account on the website and plugging in what you’re searching for. You can even upload your resume which makes applying easier, and you can save jobs that you’re interested in to a certain section so that you will remember to apply to them in the future.

6. Alive Campus: Alive Campus is the go-to site for college students to get information and insight on college topics today. The great thing about Alive Campus is that REAL students write these articles so you’re getting real advice and real life experiences. The website also has a sidebar of certain topics so that you can search for any articles that you want to see. The topics are always college related and insightful so it’s a great place for students to get information.

If you’re already visiting these sites, good for you! And if you haven’t yet, check them out – they might make your days in college a little bit better!

Websites for the College Student

December 26, 2014 in Alive Campus, Reviews

Websites for college students

Websites for college students

Now I’m not much of a technology wiz nor do I like being on the computer all that much. However, when I am on the computer these are the websites I like to visit on a daily basis.

My school e-mail: This is probably the website I am on the most. At my school it is a requirement to check your e-mail AT LEAST twice a day. Our e-mail is vital because we get important information in e-mails with regards to things going on at school. Also, e-mail is the way we communicate with our professors as well. This is the top website I visit because it is so important.

Facebook: This is probably the website I visit the most besides my e-mail. I check Facebook probably ten times a day or more. I like to see what my friends are up to and look at pictures. I also use Facebook messenger to talk to people a lot also. Facebook is a must for any college student because you can keep up with your friends and share anything you want with them.

Google: I absolutely love Google. I use Google all the time if ever I can’t think of something that I’m trying to remember. Google is a great resource for any college student because it allows you to have access to information with the simple press of a button. Use it wisely.

YouTube: Every college student loves YouTube. It’s the website we go to to waste time and watch cat videos and anything else funny. I use YouTube mostly to watch music videos because I’m not so much a fan of the cat videos. But YouTube is a great website for any college student to waste time on.

Pinterest: Pinterest is probably my YouTube, because I think I am on it more than I am on YouTube. This is also another website for college students to waste their time on (I know I have) but also find some really cool DIY projects. I love browsing this website and reading the quotes and looking at the pictures. You never know what you might find.

AliveCampus: And most importantly, AliveCampus. This website is a great place for information about college from college students around the U.S. It is chalked full of advice and stories from students who are actually experiencing it right now. I know I have read some great stories and had interesting conversations on the forum page as well. You never know what you might learn or if help someone.

Overall, these are the websites that I visit the most and even though there are not a lot, they are probably the most popular ones that college students use, and people in general for that matter. But despite the fact that I might not be up on pop culture like other students and have a long list of websites that I visit, nor spend a lot of time on the computer either, I know that these websites are great resources for college students and are all worth a visit (which I’m sure every college student already has).

Travel to Keep Yourself Sane

August 15, 2014 in Travel

Travel To Keep Yourself Sane

Travel To Keep Yourself Sane

Travel to Keep Yourself Sane 

Traveling is a great time. Whether you like to stay at home or not, some people will get a little stir crazy staying in the same place all the time. This is why we have breaks in school. Some people will go crazy from just doing the same routine over and over again. While anyone can be as stubborn as they want, it’s obvious that everyone could use a break. Whether we use it effectively, is entirely up to us. With that being said, there are many different places to go during breaks. Affordable or not, getting out there and experiencing the world is vital to how we operate in the world.

If you can get out of your own city, take the opportunity. As a writer taking a trip downtown, even if it’s 10 minutes away from your home can be wonders to inspiration. If you’re not a writer, it could be the extra time away you needed from the hardships of civilization. For me, I live in Orange County. The over-stimulated environment I receive from shopping malls, amusement parks, restaurants, and city life sometimes overwhelm me a little. Getting outside and playing some basketball or running into the woods is a couple of options. Most of the time I like my bed and computer and play video games for a while.

I recharge my batteries by staying away from all the stimulation of the outside world and collect myself. However, this is just my way of dealing with getting some much needed self-awareness time. I’m more of an introvert, so it’s safe to say that I won’t be one to go out with friends all the time without some proper alone time. This is also applicable to traveling. Most vacations, I don’t need to be going around and doing exciting activities. Just being in company with people, strolling around the area is enough for me. I get to see some of the sights, do some interesting stuff, and still be comfortable getting my mind out of silly, stressful thoughts.

If you’re looking for places to go, I would suggest going to the bigger cities, such as Los Angeles or NYC. It sounds generic, but think of the grandiose kind of trip. If you make the trip bigger, you’re likely to focus more on the trip then the other things you’re working on. It shouldn’t be a stressful trip, and your credit card will surely pay off all of the other expenses that you have there. Also these are prime locations for people to enjoy themselves. They’re set to have a lot to do, so there’s never a lull in the trip. If you really want to get into the country, look for some nearby campsites. They’ll be cheap on your wallet, but also will get you into the outdoors you crave.

Getting out of the routine just for a few days will help, even if you think it didn’t. Your brain will appreciate the time away from the norm. The brain will take in all that extra fun you’ll be doing away from home and I’m sure you’ll think of some crazy stories for when you come back!

by Maura

Anyone Even Out There?

May 2, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

When I was applying for schools, I put more effort into researching every single possible school I thought I kinda liked than I had ever put into anything else in my life up to that point. I looked at campuses and curriculum, statistics and sports, took tours online and in person, I drove for hours just to get back in the car after the tour guide’s 15 minute introduction. The one thing I didn’t do was look for a site like Alivecampus. Sure, I had been told that I should try to get on a discussion board or get in contact with someone from these schools, but I never felt like it was needed. To be honest, I’m still not sure if sites such as these are necessary. Yea, sometimes it’s nice to get an insiders perspective into a school. But is it really so crucial we need a multitude of websites dedicated solely upon it? How much are my random stories and advice really helping? I mean, is anyone even reading these?

I remember that it was often amusing and enlightening to hear or read other’s stories or descriptions of their schools when I was thinking of applying. However, those were all people I knew and trusted. Online, there is the HUGE problem of accuracy. Not a single person on this site has any idea who I am so why does my opinion really matter? I could have a totally different personality or perspective of SU than you would have. How can you even know? One of the worst reviews I ever read was about Syracuse University! There are entire chatrooms completely focused on how much SU sucks. I think it’s a little bit ridiculous to go online and treat colleges like you would treat a restaurant: writing reviews like there is such a thing as an average college experience at a certain school.

My sister is a senior and has spent the past year on sites just like these, chatting and discussing her mindset towards  or away from schools. People who are about to apply for college shouldn’t be focused so much on the opinions of people they probably don’t even know, even if they do go to the school . When they find a school that meets all of their necessary qualifications, visiting the campus and getting a feel for it should be the most important thing. Instinct and knowing what you want are far more reliable and important than someone else experiences.

On the other hand, sites like Alivecampus are extremely useful for basically any questions you may ever have once you’re in college. Advice on everything from time management to hangover cures and even the specific articles about your school can be invaluable when faced with a problem. Even just knowing someone else had to go through the same thing or asked a similar question can be a big help. At the very least, the stories can give you a general idea about one way to go about tackling the problem.

i love college

i love college

by Maura

Super Sites for Super Students

April 4, 2014 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Colleges

collegeahead

college ahead

While I don’t really recall using many online college life websites when I was applying to schools or still in high school, I have used a few of them since actually being in college. They are great sources to use when trying to solve problems or answer questions about issues that you can’t really prepare for before school and are especially helpful as a freshman. My two favorite sites are About.com College Life and Collegedata.com. 

About.com College Life is a fantastic resource if you’re looking for something that addresses a wide range of different topics. This site doesn’t just deal with the normal, everyday problems you run into as a student that every other website covers, but also problems that don’t necessarily have to do with the typical school-ish subjects. Interviews, recommendations, bad professors, failing, being politically active, the value of a college degree, bad advisors, keeping motivated, study nooks, and talking to teachers are just some of the speed bumps that college students run into and are all covered by this site with some very interesting tips. The articles have a unique perspective and are set in a simple, often bullet pointed form that gives the articles a sense of short, easy, and quick little blips of information to make reading them totally painless and even enjoyable.

Collegedata.com is far more focused on high school students who are looking for information about college instead of students in college, and it uses the stories and experiences of other students. In this way, it is a lot like Alivecampus.com though they have a different way of going about these student written articles. Collegedata.com provides both information about what college will be like as well as how-to guides for what a prospective or future student should be doing to get there. The stories are definitely the best part of this website. Visitors are able to see a picture of the author as well as college and graduating year. Then, they can click on whose story they want to read. The authors give readers a first hand account of how they ended up at the school they chose, the ups and downs of their experiences, what they learned from their experiences, how they handled it financially, and what advice they would give to incoming freshmen. Some of the stories are really incredible reads and they have so many different ones, they cater to a wide variety of experiences.

Collegedata.com also has a lot of other cool features to the website including a one-of-a-kind college chance calculator. With this tool, you can enter your academic and extracurricular information along with the school you want to go to and it compares the qualifications to give you a general idea of your chances of getting in. It also has guides to tackling different applications and entrance exams, admissions trackers, college profiles, scholarship finders, financial aid calculators, and a college match tool for those who aren’t sure where they want to apply. In general, this is a truly useful resource for high school juniors and seniors as well as incoming freshman.