This is where all the advice in between falls… cause there’s a lot more to know about college than school work, dating, and drinking…

The Freshman 15 is no myth

here are some of my favorite websites to help combat late-night-junk-food-eating, drunk-munchies, and all together poor health habits.

“The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) found that both male and female college students eat approximately 500 additional calories between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.”

To Greek or Not to Greek

I asked two of my very best friends to write reasons To Greek or Not to Greek. Sadia studies Public Relations and is member of Kappa Phi Beta at St. John’s University, and Katie just graduated from St. John’s with a Journalism degree. Both Katie and Sadia are very social and excel in their academics.

To Greek:: Sadia Mashkoor

  1. Being in a Greek organization gains you a lot of recognition in not just a social way but also in culture and service.
  2. Of course you can’t be expected to like every single person in your organization but you will have their respect, as well as the respect of other organizations.
  3. Networking.
  4. A bond for life, the letters you share and memories outlast other friendships. I meet founding members who are 70 and still keep in touch and come to sorority events.
  5. Semi formal and formal. imagine prom but with people you actually like plus alcohol

Not To Greek:: Katie Ryan

  1. It’s not hard to make friends you don’t literally have to pay dues for.
  2. Who wants an obligation to people to one group of people for the rest of their life they don’t even always like?
  3. College is a time for meeting as many new people as possible. Going Greek means you’re always attending parties and events and spending all your time with one specific group of people.
  4. Obligations to Greek-oriented events and parties can get in the way of things you’d rather spend your time doing, including homework assignments, work, and non-Greek Friends.
  5. Gossip, gossip, gossip.

Expanding Your Network

Christina Fernandez is a 4th year student at St. John’s University currently studying Public Relations. I had some time to sit down with her and get some first-hand tips on expanding your network both professionally and socially.  Your network is essentially all the people you know, more so its all the people you know and could contact if needed. Both professional and social networks are started young, Steve Jobbs  once went to High School, and I’m sure he made some friends, maybe not many but I’m sure the friends he kept have nice iPhones.

Fernandez, explained that during your college years your network will be rapidly expanding and it’s important to manage it. Depending upon the college or university you attend, class room size will range anywhere from under 20 students, to over 200. Multiply that by the average number of course you take each semester and that’s a lot of potential Steve Jobbs you come in contact with. Make sure you exchange contact information and build relationships with people you believe will benefit you in the future. Always take business cards, it doesn’t matter what the business is, that’s another contact to add to your network,and you never know when you’re going to need to know a plumber, or a club promoter.

My Go-To Websites for Everything Else

  • Twitter, get on Twitter if you haven’t already, don’t get stuck behind the times
  • Stumble, this is an amazing website, it practically cures boredom.
  • MyOpenBar, daily list of open bar times and locations
  • WordPress, if you have something to say the internet is the easiest place to be heard
  • WebMD, I don’t feel comfortable making any statements about drug use in college, but don’t be naive you will be offered a hit, so know what you’re taking.getting yourself into.