August 30th, 2010 Jamie
Have you ever been pinned by a relative, interrogated about your major, and then been slammed with the ever-dreaded question, “What are you going to do with that?” Or maybe you’ve wished you could rant (or rave!) about the social scene on your campus so the future freshmen know what they’re in for?
That’s why I’ve thrown together a list of 5 great college-centered sites, perfect for passing a little time and preparing for the future during your college years.
Don’t panic about what you’re going to do post-grad: College Majors 101 has the inside scoop on what fields are relevant to your major, so you can start exploring career options related to your real passions. (And even if you can’t decide, it can at least help you make up an answer for all those adults who want to talk about college and careers over summer break.)
Wish you could have warned yourself about how tough your “party” school’s academic regimen would be? Or looking to transfer to a new school but not sure if you’ll like what you get? Unigo has insider info from students like you about real life on campus–and you can share your own tips and thoughts as well. Plus it has forums and Facebook integration for optimal social networkability, which never hurts!
An oldie but a goodie, RateMyProfessors has been around forever but still offers great insider tips about who to pick and who to skip when it comes time to sign up for classes. Get (or share) comments and scores on your prof or potential prof’s clarity, helpfulness, course difficulty, and overall quality. (And bonus, lots of them have a hotness rating, too–eye candy can help you stay awake in class… sometimes.)
If you’re looking for tips about how to decorate, accessorize, and, well, live in the dorms, Dorm Delicious is a great place to start. With tips on everything from dorm-revolutionizing tech gadgets to a loft-bed how-to and thoughts about what items to split with your roomie - it is a great resource for starting (or continuing) life in your little cinderblock slice of heaven.
Ramen noodles are great and all, but they’re not the only way to make it through college without breaking the bank. Started by a grad trying to repay $20,000 in student loan debt, Broke Grad Student is a finance blog with a college twist, including tips on everything from making some extra cash to finding weird scholarships, and also includes info about living a comfortable but frugal lifestyle in between. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re planning to give away a shiny new iPod pretty soon–worth a look!
Got any go-to websites that you couldn’t get by without? Share ‘em and enlighten me!
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