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An English term paper (worth half your grade) due in two weeks; once-a-week write-ups due for a Biology course; weekly meetings at the poetry club; best friend’s birthday; date night; part-time work at the cafeteria; mom needs a ride to the airport – a bunch of little (and not so little) parts that make up every week. Where to start? Overwhelming seems like an understatement when you’re neck-deep in obligations and assignments.

Instead of inundating yourself with time-saving apps and self-help organizational books, try applying the zen-like doctrine of culinary chefs. Mise-en-place (French for “to put in place”) has made its way out of the kitchen into business offices and households everywhere as a method to organize one’s day and squeeze as many productive minutes out of it as possible.

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Shocked employer -- who's Facebook profile is he looking at?!

Don’t shock your future employer!

The following was written by JT Ripton, a writer who has contributed to Teach.com, Apartments.com, CollegeRecruiter.com, and other sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @JTRipton.

So you’ve graduated college and are getting ready to head out into the world. Sure, your university days might have been a little wild, but now, with the ink still drying on your bachelor’s, you are ready to enter the workforce as a mature and responsible adult.

Not so fast. In today’s digital, interconnected world, there is one last exam that you need to pass before you can get that dream job: cleaning up your social media profile. These days, everyone to whom you send a résumé is going to be checking your accounts; and, unless you really want them to see you doing keg-stands, you’re going to need to control your image. Here are some tips to get you started.

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5 ways college movies got it wrong

5 ways college movies got it wrong

The following was written by Carly Dell, the community manager for the innovative online rn to bsn program offered through Simmons College. In her free time, Carly enjoys traveling, binge-watching HGTV, and trying new restaurants. Follow her on Twitter @carlydell2 and Google+.

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When you first arrived to college as a freshman, chances are you already had some preconceived notions as to what college life would be like thanks to movies like Animal House, Legally Blonde, Old School, and Pitch Perfect. Were your days filled with non-stop partying? Did you never have to worry about homework? Were you always dressed to impress? Were you and your friends known for breaking out into song and dance routines at a moment’s notice? If I had to guess, I would say no. Check out the 5 ways college is different from the movies below!

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Is a 4-Year Degree Impossible?

Numbers show on-time graduation is a pipe dream for most college students

They’re called “4-year universities” for a reason, right? Then why are more and more students finding it takes them five, six, sometimes seven years to earn their bachelor’s degree? Worse, many students aren’t even making it to graduation day.

From the start, students are set on a path to earn their degree in at least five years from the advice of their counselors. Since many financial aid and grant programs only cover the cost of 12 credit hours per semester, it seems like good advice – until you realize students need to be taking a minimum of 15 credits per semester in order to graduate inside of four years. Add in a change of major, a loss of credits from a community college transfer, a scarcity of available classes, a choice to gain a minor or double major, and a graduation date in less than six years becomes a pipe dream.

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Clueless college freshman meme

Read on for tips to keep from being completely clueless!

Being a college freshman is only slightly less nerve-racking than the first year of high school. You may not have to worry about upperclassmen trying to prank you (hopefully), but being in a new school, whether you’re living on campus or not, can be a stressful experience. Besides trying to avoid locking yourself out of your dorm room and signing up for too many credit cards, here’s some helpful tips to prepare you for your first semester.

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Black Mortarboard and computer keyboardWhoever you are, whatever your SAT score and high school report card looks like, you could take a course at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, or Johns Hopkins right this minute. These elite schools, among many others, have begun to offer open, online, not-for-credit courses to anyone who wants to take them. These are casually referred to as MOOCs, massive open online courses.

You might assume that these classes consist only of video lectures, a collection of slides with a professor’s voiceover, the equivalent of watching some informative YouTube videos. In fact, the courses are as complete as any you’d take in college. There are assigned readings to accompany every class, a syllabus, homework, and essays. Many of them even have some form of grading.

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5 Things NOT to Bring to the Dorms

There are dorm room essentials…and then there’s this stuff.

The amount of dorm “necessities” seems to grow every year – at least that’s what companies want you to think. Here are a few of the most illogical items that the Sharper Image, Pottery Barn, and other interior design offenders have included in their dorm collections, in no particular order.

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