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U.S. Naval Academy - 5 Things I Wish I Knew About Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-about-before-attending-u-s-naval-academy/ - Don’t bring anything you don’t have to. In addition to being relieved of most of your hair, you will be given everything you need down to pens, pencils, and nail clippers on your first day. Everything else you bring will end up in a storage room for the first couple months. When you see it again, whatever it is will almost certainly not be useful to you and will be a pain to store or dispose of later. So, take the chance to start fresh in a new place with absolutely nothing but the clothes on your back, which will themselves be placed in a cardboard box for shipment back to where you came from a couple hours after you arrive.
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U.S. Naval Academy - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-to-avoid-at-u-s-naval-academy/ - Don’t think you’re special. This trips a lot of people up, starting on the first day. If you got into the Naval Academy, like any top tier or elite school, you probably were in fact pretty special wherever you came from. On Induction Day, you’ll be getting your head shaved (guys) / hair cut (girls) alongside 1,200 other people who were special wherever they were from. In the land where everyone’s special, no one is special. Get in line with everyone else, keep your mouth shut, do your best at whatever gets tossed at you, and help your classmates in the early going.
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U.S. Naval Academy - 5 Things You Must Do On Campus
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-you-must-do-at-the-u-s-naval-academy/ - You must stay on track to graduate in eight semesters. It’s somewhere between a good idea and a rapidly fading dream at most schools, but you must graduate from the Naval Academy in eight semesters unless you are a very exceptional case. If you fail or incomplete a class that is a prerequisite for another series of classes that you can’t complete within four years, you’re either going to mandatory summer school or in danger of being summarily booted.
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California State University Long Beach - Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/Five-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-Before-Attending-California-State-University-Long-Beach/ - When applying to colleges, it is often hard to get an authentic feel for the school before you have to make that crucial decision to attend. There is only so much one can discern from those generic college tours and even during orientation weekends. However, part of the college experience is that steep learning curve; living away from home for the first time is simultaneously exciting and terrifying.
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Manhattan School of Music - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-about-manhattan-school-of-music/ - For any aspiring classical or jazz musician looking for the best educational experience, it’s highly likely that Manhattan School of Music is one of their top choices. The prestigious faculty, successful graduates, and its prime location in New York City speak for itself at least, that was all I knew about the school before I made the final decision. Seven years and three degrees later, I would like to share my stories and some inside information that I’ve learned about this place that I can proudly call my “home.” I was the only one who went to a music conservatory from my local public high school. At MSM, basically everybody is a wonder-kid in their hometown from all over the world! Regardless of their nationality, age, gender, or major, each and every student here is crazy talented.
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UC Santa Barbara - 5 Things You Should Know On Campus
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-you-should-know-about-uc-santa-barbara/ - Going away to college for the first time can be filled with a lot of mixed emotions including excitement to the fear of the unknown. While it can be daunting starting a whole new chapter (or book, for some) in your life, it is also so rewarding accomplishing such a challenge that is moving away and learning new things. Here is my top list of what I wish I knew when I first got to UC Santa Barbara. These little tips, even though they seem simple, will surely ease you into campus life come move in day.
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University of South Florida Tampa - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-attending-university-of-south-florida-tampa/- When I started at USF Tampa in 2008, I had no idea what I was in for. Upon arrival, I felt daunted and lonely. That only lasted a few weeks though, and before I knew it, I was talking to anybody and everybody around campus because I realized that I wasn’t alone they were all new at some point or another. The gluttonous dining halls, complete lack of curfew, gigantic auditorium style classes, and endless on campus events allowed me to revel in FREEDOM! Still, there was a lot that I didn’t expect, some things more pleasantly surprising than others.
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University of Utah - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-attending-university-of-utah/ - Planning on attending the University of Utah? Called ‘The U’ by locals, the University of Utah’s sprawling campus lies east of downtown Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah. Before you dive into your first semester here are a few things to consider that will help make the transition to college much more pleasant. If you’re going to be a productive student you need brain food. Everyone that lives in the dorms is required to have a food plan. But it doesn’t take long for the cafeteria food served at the Heritage Center to get old.
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San Francisco State University - Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/Five-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-About-San-Francisco-State-University/ - This is a big deal for incoming freshmen. SF State does not have enough on campus housing for incoming freshman. If you’re a freshman, the best way to ensure you get a spot in the dorms is to fill out the housing packet and send in your payment as soon as the university stars accepting applications. From there you will either get accepted or be put on a waitlist. The waitlist is always a gamble, but if you’re from the Bay Area or are close enough to commute in for a while, there’s a good chance you can get into the dorms a month or two after school has started.
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California State University Northridge - 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/10-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-attending-california-state-university-northridge/ - People commute from all over to go to CSUN. That can be great, especially if you’re a commuter. But if you’re an 18-20 year old, either directly out of high school, or transferring from community college, you might want more of the stereotypical “college experience.” It’s not impossible to have that type of experience, but it takes vigilance. A lot of your friends will be driving back to Santa Clarita, Hollywood, the Westside, and other parts of LA after class – they might not be as available to hang out as they would have been at other local choices like UCLA or USC.
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Full Sail University - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/Steering-Clear-of-An-Iceberg-5-Things-to-Avoid-At-Full-Sail-University/ - This particular piece that you’re about to sink your eyeballs into gave me more than a little bit of heartburn. After speaking with several Full Sail students and brainstorming for a few days, I essentially had little to no content for “5 Things to Avoid at Full Sail University.” It wasn’t like everything I’d heard about Full Sail was amazing and fabulous. According to several students and alumni, the school undoubtedly has its flaws. The challenge, I felt, was that a lot of those flaws were simply unavoidable.
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Florida State University - 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/10-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-Before-I-Attended-Florida-State-University/ - There are palm trees and co-eds. There are not beaches, luxury retail shopping centers, streets to cruise, or hot nightclubs. You are in north Florida. This means rolling red hills, mudding, lots of drinking, and wilderness hikes.
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University of Chicago - 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-had-known-before-attending-university-of-chicago/ - Though the University of Chicago (called “UChicago” by its denizens) is losing its reputation as the school “Where Fun Comes to Die,” it is still the most rewarding to those who work the hardest. These are the five things I wish I had been told before I kicked off my fast paced and zany four years at UChicago. University of Chicago’s reputation for academic rigor is not exaggerated. For some students, this means long hours in the library. For others it means showing up to every single class attentive and fully awake. Most students take far too long to realize that the most important part of their UChicago education is not the compulsory stuff like classes or homework.
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CUNY Hunter College - 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-had-known-before-attending-cuny-hunter-college/ - I sat down with Hunter College student Daniel Mazzilli to talk about his experience at the school. In his third year at Hunter, Daniel is originally from Italy and transferred to CUNY from a university in Rome so he could pursue more diverse courses. He has a minor in Art History and is about to declare his major in Geography. Here is what Daniel wishes he had known before arriving at Hunter.
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Montclair State University - Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/Five-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-About-Montclair-State-University/ - I started at Montclair State University in fall 2010 after finishing up my associate degree at Ocean County College. Going off to college as a junior is a whole different experience from starting at a university as a freshman you’ve been in college for two years already, you’ve already done it all and know everything you need to know about being a college student. Or at least I thought I did.I learned so much more at Montclair State than I ever expected. My first year, I did the traditional set up I lived on campus and did all my classes in person, rather than online, because I figured I was already paying to be there and might as well.
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University of Central Florida - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/school-of-hard-knocks-5-things-to-avoid-at-university-of-central-florida/ - Like most mothers, my Mom is a habitual worrier, especially when it comes to me, her baby boy (I’m also an only child talk about putting all your eggs in one basket right?) And like most 25 year olds, I may have a propensity for living life too close to the edge. So my Mom is always worrying and telling me not to do something, to which I inevitably reply, “Let me make my own mistakes and learn through the school of hard knocks!” Now, I think it’s a valid point, but only to a certain extent: there are certain things that you don’t need to learn from the school of hard knocks. So without further ado, here are five bullets you should dodge during your time at UCF.
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University of Oregon - 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-I-Wish-I-Had-Known-about-the-University-of-Oregon/ - The University of Oregon’s main campus in Eugene, Oregon is home to 24,000 students, the birthplace of Nike, and the setting for the infamous film, ‘Animal House.’ I entered my freshman year in 2008, and wish I had known the following five things before I arrived.
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University of Colorado Boulder - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-attending-university-of-colorado-boulder/ - Where you live as a freshman makes a big difference. Kittredge, the dorm where I ended up living is the farthest from the center of campus. Make sure you check out the layout of the campus before requesting your dorm location! When I moved in I thought, “Oh, it’s not that big of a deal, it’s just a 20 minute walk to my English class.” Wrong! University of Colorado Boulder‘s campus is huge. On top of that there is the weather. Do not underestimate the weather.
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Winthrop University - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-about-before-attending-winthrop-university/ - Winthrop University is a wonderful public school located in the heart of Rock Hill, SC. I lived over four miles from the school and appreciated that there was a sidewalk I could ride on for most of the trip. With all of its perks, there are five things that I wish I knew before deciding to go to Winthrop University.
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UCF Orlando - 5 Things I Wish I Knew About Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-about-before-attending-ucf-orlando/ - If you’re at that magical point in your life when it’s time to decide which college to attend, then you’re probably hearing the same thing from a lot of people: “Choose carefully; this will be one of the Most Important Decisions of Your Life.”. They’re kind of right. The college you attend will be where you do a lot of your learning, growing, and more importantly, networking. You’re smart, so you know that already, but there’s probably still a lot you don’t know.
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Flagler College - 5 Things They Don’t Tell You On The Campus Tour
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-They-Dont-Tell-You-On-The-Campus-Tour-Of-Flagler-College/ - The campus tour of Flagler College is beautiful whether you are taking a tour for the general public or one for prospective students, but they don’t tell you everything you might want to know if you’re considering attending the school.
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Sam Houston State University - 5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-I-Wish-Id-Known-Before-Attending-Sam-Houston-State-University/ - Sam Houston State University is located in the small town of Huntsville, Texas. Recently, the school has enrolled a large number of online students that now attend virtually from all over the globe. All of my classes took place on the main campus in Huntsville, TX. I greatly enjoyed my time at SHSU, but even as a second generation student there was a lot that I didn’t know before I got there here are five of the things I wish I did.
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Temple University - Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/Five-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-About-Temple-University/ - Temple University attracts a ton of people from the Delaware Valley and beyond. Temple has semester abroad and distance learning opportunities, a strong base of commuter students, and multiple campuses, including the main campus in North Philly. Further, it has a Center City campus that sits in the shadow of the William Penn statue atop Philadelphia’s City Hall. As a local guy from the Philly suburbs, I thought I knew everything I needed to know about Temple. Over my four years at Temple, I picked up these tips.
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Bloomsburg University - 5 Things I Wish I Knew About Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-about-bloomsburg-university-before-attending/ - College is a very special time in a person’s life; it is typically the time one chooses to leave home and set off on their own adventure. This was how it was for me when I went to study at Bloomsburg University to pursue my dream of being a lawyer. Here are five things I wish I knew about Bloom before I chose to attend. Bloomsburg University is located on a beautiful Pennsylvania landscape with green trees and fresh air. Most of the classes are held in five buildings located next to one another around what is known as the academic quad. When the weather is warm the campus is filled with lively people – for when it is cold, the buildings are only a short walk from one to the other. With an awesome library updated with the latest technology as the headpiece to the setting, Bloomsburg University’s campus is the best place to be. The only sources of food on campus from from Aramarc, a chemical company that produces highly processed food that is not good for your health at all. Anywhere except for the commons, all you can really get are burgers and chicken sandwiches, fried appetizers, pizza, low quality salads, and processed shelf snacks. The wraps are acceptable but the prices are ridiculous. At the Commons, they try to give it a more home cooked feel but you can taste fakeness in what they are trying to pull off.
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Emerson College - Five Things I Wish I Knew About Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/Five-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-About-Emerson-Before-I-Arrived/ - At Emerson College, I was lucky enough to be located in the heart of Boston. The “campus” is spread out across three downtown streets many of the dorms and classrooms are nestled within office buildings built in the early 20th century. On Boston Street, the busiest stretch of campus is steps away from the Boston Common, where 50 acres of urban greenery make up America’s oldest city park.
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Whittier College - Ten Things I Wish I Had Known Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/ten-things-i-wish-i-had-known-before-attending-whittier-college/ - Be ready to take classes that may not interest you. Whittier is all about developing students into well-rounded world citizens. If you are a business major, get comfortable with the art department or the science department. In order to graduate, you will have to take classes that you would not normally seek out.
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Dartmouth College - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-About-Dartmouth-College-Before-Attending/ - Your “class” or the people in your year numbers around 1,000 people and the campus is ultra-small. To say you went to Dartmouth isn’t merely revealing your academic life for four years of your most formative years. You are signaling that you lived within the small confines of Dartmouth’s campus and interacted with 4,000 people everyday, every 3-month academic quarter.
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Full Sail University - 5 Things To Know On Campus
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/hindsight-being-20-20-5-things-to-knowabout-full-sail-university-before-you-arrive/ - Full sail University with a self explanatory title like the one we have here, I normally wouldn’t bother with much of an introduction. But I have an undying commitment to honest journalism, so I have to make one thing clear before continuing. I am NOT a Full Sail University student, contrary to how our title reads. However, I have spent the better part of the last 3 years living with 4 Full Sail students, and in the past week I’ve interviewed many more.
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University of Georgia Athens - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-Before-Attending-The-University-of-Georgia-Athens/ - While most of us wouldn’t trade our time in college for the world, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t do more if they were given the chance. As a double Dawg (someone who has received two degrees from UGA), I spent two extra years as a student at University of Georgia’s main campus in Athens, and there’s still plenty more I wish I’d done! Here’s my list of 5 things about the school that I wish I’d known before I got there. This one was a happy accident.
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Miami University - The Five Things I Wish I Knew before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/the-five-things-i-wish-i-knew-about-miami-university/ - As I reflect on my life as a student of the main campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, from 2001-2005, I have a strong desire to find Dr. Emmett Brown and time travel back to freshman year so I can relive many of these days! Here are five things I wish I knew about the college before I chose to attend. While colleges are not known to serve the best food, Miami is an exception to the rule. Their dining halls have fantastic food, and I still think about many of the meals I had to this day! My favorite spot.
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Salem State University - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-Before-I-Chose-Salem-State-University/ - Salem State is a terrific school for an affordable price. Located about 30 minutes north of Boston, the city itself gives you a nice slice of historic events (see: Salem Witch Trials) while still providing a bevy of bars and restaurants within a reasonable distance from campus. The campus itself is a mixture of old buildings like Sullivan Hall, which was standing when my mother got her degree here, and brand new ones like the new library on campus.
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University of Arizona - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-to-avoid-at-the-university-of-arizona/ - The Arizona experience offers so many opportunities for you to have the best 4 years of your life. Academically and socially especially socially, UofA stacks up with the rest of the big schools in the country. That being said, maximizing your time in college includes minimizing the drawbacks. The choices you make at the beginning of the semester can inhibit how much fun and success you have later on. Put yourself in the driver’s seat, make the most out of your wildcat years, and avoid these 5 things especially Fridays. We’ve all been there, it’s the beginning of the semester and this is the semester you’re going to be a morning person.
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Virginia Commonwealth University - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-attending-virginia-commonwealth-university/ - No one tells you about the dining hall situation. By “situation,” I mean the devious system the Shafer Dining Hall workers have put in place of serving the best food on visiting days Saturdays, Sundays (in the spring) and foul, laxative drenched garb when it’s just us measly students. Yes, those whoa actually pay money to go here.
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University of Chicago - 5 Things You Must Do On Campus
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-you-must-do-at-the-university-of-chicago/ - Every college has its traditions and NUANCES, and University of Chicago is no different. Here are some things you just have to do in order to have the fullest experience at the University. The University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt, or “Scav,” is UChicago’s most VENERATED tradition. At midnight on the Thursday prior to Mother’s Day, a list of hundreds of “items” surfaces. Each item is its own cryptic, bizarre clue, asking each dorm affiliated team to create, find, or enact something. The items vary so wildly that I couldn’t begin to describe them here, though you might find some photos or videos from the event online.
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UL Lafayette - Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/five-things-i-wish-id-known-about-the-ul-lafayette/ - For most college students, road trips to potential schools are a normal part of the adventure. But for me, sudden changes in my life required one big, blind leap of faith. So I packed up what I could into my tiny Ford Escort and drove across the country to become a full time, matriculated student at an unknown campus, in an unknown apartment, and in an unknown way of life. Aside from the obvious things I’d never experienced in the hot, dry Rocky Mountain West cockroaches, humidity, fried Twinkies I quickly learned five things about the University of Louisiana Lafayette that I wish I had known much, much sooner.
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Penn State University - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-to-avoid-at-penn-state-university/ - Penn State is a popular campus, often a dream school for students. The housing authorities know this and run with it. Be prepared to be pissed off by the ridiculousness of apartment searching and the price tag that may come with it. In October of my freshman year, my friends and I had to prepare our hunt for next year’s habitat. The climax of this came with an all-nighter, camping out on Beaver Street in front of the housing office in line with hundreds of others to snag a spot. This was a stress filled night, one of manipulation and bribery as many tried to use different tactics to get a better place in line.
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Rutgers University - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-to-Avoid-at-Rutgers-University/ - There’s a lot to love about the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University: the world-renowned academic programs, the party scene, and the school spirit. Yet, like all things, it is not perfect, and Scarlet Knights quickly learn how to navigate all the sub-par and headache-inducing things to be found on campus. These are the top things to avoid at Rutgers University New Brunswick.Brower Commons. College Avenue’s dining hall embodies every stereotype about bad dining hall food unidentifiable fried objects, pizza with plastic cheese, goopy sauces, and sushi that disgraces its name.
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Manhattan School Of Music - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-to-Avoid-at-Manhattan-School-of-Music/ - A simple failure is one of the most efficient ways to learn a better way at doing something. But what if I told you that you won’t have to repeat your former alumni’s mistakes and still get the best out of your school life? Discover these tried-and-failed things that Manhattan School of Music students avoid now at all cost at this acclaimed conservatory. MSM is probably one of the fewest schools that still have an in-person class registration system in this day and age of internet-dominated world. Everyone has one chance per semester to schedule an appointment with a registrar in the lobby.
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University of Central Florida - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-to-Avoid-at-the-University-of-Central-Florida/ - In general, there are not many things, places, and people that you need to avoid at UCF. It is a fairly safe and friendly campus. Here are the things that I can recommend avoiding for one reason or another One thing you ought to avoid is walking over the Pegasus Seal. The superstition is that you will not graduate if you walk over it, so don’t make that mistake! Though it will become known to you once you are attending, for the sake of avoiding it, the seal is located in the middle of the Student Union and is usually somewhat roped off (but not always). One thing you ought to avoid is walking over the Pegasus Seal. The superstition is that you will not graduate if you walk over it, so don’t make that mistake! Though it will become known to you once you are attending, for the sake of avoiding it, the seal is located in the middle of the Student Union and is usually somewhat roped off (but not always).
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University of Pittsburgh - 5 Things You Must Do On Campus
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-You-Must-Do-at-the-University-of-Pittsburgh/ - Every college has its own unique landscape, traditions, and cool stuff nearby here are some things you shouldn’t miss if you’re studying at Pitt. Pittsburgh is an old mining town and the remnants still remain. Mount Washington offers a breathtaking view of the entire Pittsburgh skyline and the best way up is not by car, but by the Duquesne Incline.
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Purdue University - 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-had-known-about-before-attending-purdue-university/ - Recently, Kathy Foust, who earned an M.Ed. From WGU Indiana, held interviews with several college students in an effort to learn more about their experiences. Jamie Mitchell, one of the interviewees, attended Purdue at West Lafayette, Indiana. His major was agricultural engineering. Jamie shared many experiences with Kathy and offered to share some of the things he wished he had known about Purdue before enrolling there saying that knowing these things early one would have made his experience more affordable as well as more sociable. Everything is so exciting during that last year of high school it’s easy to forget some of the dates that can make your freshman experience at Purdue much easier.
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UCF Orlando - 5 Things You Should Do On Campus
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/the-rules-of-engagement-5-things-you-must-or-should-do-at-ucf-orlando/ - So, let’s say you’ve either already graduated (high school) or you’re about to graduate; and for your next act you plan to go BACK to school. Fair enough. And in your ignorant youth you may think you’ve got most of it figured out I thought I did. You’re probably tired of rules and regulations, and protocols and procedures I was. You’re probably tired of everyone telling you what you “should” do when you get to college, and maybe you’re just SO fed up that you won’t even hear it one more time. BUT my bosses, in their infinite wisdom, have tasked yours truly with composing the following list of some of the DO’s and DON’Ts at UCF, the biggest damn college in the country. So please, hear me out and bear it for about 500 more words. Danke.
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University of Texas at Arlington - 5 Things I Wish I Had known Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-had-known-before-attending-university-of-texas-at-arlington/ - The college experience is built on the idealism of hopeful students, pursuing the next step in their education with hopes of attaining a degree and becoming gainfully employed. Ideas of changing policy, procedure and the status quo are present in every classroom. But hindsight is 20/20 and idealism is soon replaced with reality. I attended The University of Texas at Arlington from 2008 to 2011; here are some things I learned during that time that might help you in your decision. During my time at UTA, I had a husband and family away from school. I was a commuter student with a life and commitments off-campus.
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Michigan State University - 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-Before-I-Attended-Michigan-State-University/ - I didn’t really care much about sports before I went to Michigan State but once you’re there, it’s hard not to get swallowed into the energy collegiate football kicks out. I just accepted it, joined the bandwagon, and didn’t regret a bit of it. There is nothing quite as magical as waking up early on a beautiful, crisp, fall morning to get hammered with a bunch of friends and a mass of strangers who you are internally bonded to for one day of the week. You don’t have to know players’ names, scores, or stats, but just showing up with the right attitude and proper apparel is enough to have a great time.
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Rice University - 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-I-Wish-I-Had-Known-About-Rice-University-Before-Attending/ - If you’re considering applying to Rice University or if you have done even brief research on the school, I’m sure you’ve heard of the residential college system. Think of it as the houses in Harry Potter. All incoming freshmen are randomly sorted into one of eleven residential colleges at Rice. Every college has some 200-300+ students, and while each one functions as a dorm, in reality the colleges are so much more than a collection of bedrooms. Of course the colleges are a place for eating, sleeping, and socializing.
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University of Chicago - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-to-avoid-at-university-of-chicago/ - From major to minor discomforts, here are five quintessential University of Chicago experiences you don’t need to learn the hard way You may grow ashamed of the goofy, fresh faced photo on your UChicago ID card or “UCID,” but there is a reason why the card they issue you during Orientation is meant to follow you throughout your four years. The UCID is your skeleton key to everything on campus, so losing track of it can be a severe handicap on daily productivity. Having limited access to the library, the dining hall, the printing system, and even your residence hall is enough to drive a busy student insane.
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10 Things To Avoid When Attending College
 
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www.gobeyondthebrochure.com In this humorous and informative video, you'll hear sage advice from the perspective of a person who went to college ...and survived!
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Dartmouth College - Five Things To Do On Friday Night
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/Five-Things-to-Do-on-a-Friday-Night-at-Dartmouth-College/ - Definitely, go out fratting, play pong, spend time talking to other people in a basement. If you’re a freshman, you will probably be going out with your freshmen floor in conspicuously huge groups, called “shmobs.” It’s better if you plan ahead and stop by the frat that your trip leader is part of and proceed to try to “get on table” to play pong. If you’re a sophomore, play pong in your basement with your own sorority sisters or fraternity brothers with all the competitive spirit of an Olympian.
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Sam Houston State University - 5 Things to Avoid
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-Things-to-Avoid-at-Sam-Houston-State-University/ - For the most part, SHSU is an organized, safe, and all-around clean University. As far as the day-to-day goes, there is not a whole lot you need to avoid. For those things that should be avoided you have this handy list to help you out. Never walk through the tree lined path between the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (A.K.A CHSS) and the Teacher Education Center Buildings after dark.
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UMass Amherst - 5 Things I Wish I Knew About Before Attending
 
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http://www.gobeyondthebrochure.com/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-about-umass-amherst-before-attending/ - College is probably the best and worst time you will ever have in your life. That being said, I have a love-hate relationship with my alma mater, UMass Amherst. I remember walking into the Southwest territory of the campus, for my first day of orientation, and the amount of electric excitement pulsing through my body was outstanding. Here I was; my first official step to freedom’s door, the freedom from high school, curfews, and a lack of autonomy. I thought for sure the next four years of my life would be full of orange mocha Frappucinos, blackout bliss, food comas, and learning some pretty cool things about life.
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