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We’ve heard the same mantra from our parents, our teachers, and even our friends for years: “Where do you see yourself in a few years?”, “What’s your plan?”, “Do you even know what you’re doing?” These questions can be daunting, and for many of us, our initial reaction is to either ignore the question or to divert the attention away from ourselves. But how important is having a detailed plan really to the college experience?

...continue reading "What’s in Your 5 Year Plan?"

The Academic Skills Center’s Blog is back, and it’s time for some more tips as we enter into the new year. Now that it’s officially the winter term, everything is feeling a little more intense. The weather is getting colder, and unless you’re taking the term off, you’re most likely juggling a bunch of classes while still spending a good chunk of time on sports, clubs, or even a part time job. ...continue reading "Combat College Burnout"

The holiday season is finally here; and I must say, this has always been my favorite time of year. No matter your culture or the set of beliefs you follow, this is a great time to realign with family, friends, and everyone that you truly care about. Of course, once all of the festivities are over, it’s time to look forward to the new year. And with plans to watch the ball drop and sip champagne, many of us also decide to write out our New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions can range from aiming to get all A’s next term to finally submitting that research article to our favorite publication. ...continue reading "3 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick"

Mindfulness: a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment. Everyone talks about it- it’s in every self help book and alluded to in plenty of motivational speeches. But what does it really mean, and how can it translate into the everyday life of a college student? Psychology Today describes mindfulness as an active attentiveness to incorporating a positive mindset into our lives. It is important to take moments everyday and evaluate our thoughts and our outlook on life. ...continue reading "The Importance of Positive Thinking"

I have to say, one of my favorite things about Dartmouth is the D-Plan system. I was never a huge fan of the long summer break that most schools have, and I would always end up getting really bored after the first month and a half. I much prefer Dartmouth's system of having four terms and then a three to five week long break in between. ...continue reading "5 Ways to Maximize Your Dartmouth Interim Break"

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