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How to Prepare for Your First College Football Game

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Going to a college football game is just one of the many experiences associated with going to college. If your only football experience is the typical high school football match-ups, you should realize that the college football experience isn’t exactly the same. Sure, the basic concept of supporting your home team doesn’t change, but there is more to a college football game than cheering after every touchdown, pass or interception. Bring your enthusiasm and college team gear and get ready for a day of fun and team spirit.


The biggest difference between a high school football game and a college football game is the pre-game activities in the parking lot. Most high schools do not have organized tailgating activities. On the other hand, most college games unofficially start hours before kickoff with well-organized parking lot activities.

The most cherished of these activities is the vast amounts of food being prepared as the players go over the playbook one last time. The exact type of food varies by college and region of the country, but generally you will find burgers, hot dogs, chicken, wings, corn on the cob and a variety of local favorites among the culinary delights ready for consumption.

Some colleges have a long history of tailgating parties starting early game day morning and continuing right through the actual game. Tailgating at a college game always draws a crowd. Some of these crowds range in the thousands, especially on game day. At Penn State, the population of the State College, Pennsylvania more than doubles on most game days just from the sheer volume of fans.


The biggest tradition for most college games is wearing team colors. This may have been a part of high school games, but if you go to a college game it is almost a requirement to wear some form of the team colors. Another common college football tradition involves the mascot. This is usually not just somebody in a mascot costume. Sometimes it is an actual animal.

Sometimes, traditions involve the cheerleaders saying a certain cheer or even the band performing in a certain way. When Ohio State’s marching band takes the field to spell out “Ohio,” in cursive no less, it is considered an honor to be the dot on the “I” after the word is spelled out. Before each Colorado University home game, it is a tradition for select students to run Ralphie the buffalo (some guy in a buffalo costume) around the field.

At Clemson University in South Carolina, students rub Howard’s Rock, named for a former coach, for good luck before the start of each home game. The bigger the school, the more elaborate the traditions tend to be, from the marching in formation before the Army-Navy game to the elite Irish color guard in authentic Scottish kilts before Notre Dame’s games.


Instead of cheering for individual players, the focus among the crowd at a college game is the team as a whole. The one exception to this rule is the quarterback. Just like in high school, the QB gets plenty of love from the home team fans. However, the general atmosphere is more team-centered than high school games. Most fans at a high school game tend to be family members of the team players.

At a college game, the mix of the crowd is different. The crowd is mostly made up of students, with faculty and alumni members sprinkled here and there throughout the masses. Some schools have specific cheering traditions, with others just doing some variation of the wave. You will likely see a team mascot encouraging the crowd for the duration of the game.

Be prepared to leave the game with a sore throat from the struggle to be heard among a crowd of thousands. In high school, game day is a regular weekly gathering of the faithful. In college, it is an event.

Author Bio:
Nancy Zimmer writes for, a website dedicated to helping event-goers find the best college football games.

5 Ways to Go Green When Packing for College

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Getting ready to go off to college is one of the most exciting rites of passage in a young person’s life. College is the beginning of your independence, when choices and actions become sole responsibility of you. To start off your college career and life of independence on a green note, consider these tips for going green when packing for college.

Chemical-Free Cleaning Supplies
Of course you will want to keep your dorm room or apartment clean. Cleaning supplies can be very expensive, and they contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment and harmful to your health. Allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions can be made worse by the chemicals in cleaning solutions. To avoid polluting water sources and keep your surroundings sparkling clean at the same time, consider homemade cleaning supplies, which are much cheaper than and just as effective as the expensive, ready-made kind. Instead of a variety of cleaning supplies, pack a gallon of vinegar and a box of baking soda and a couple of empty spray bottles and use these recipes for making your own cleaning solutions.

All-Purpose Cleaner
Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/2 gallon of water in a spray bottle and store. Don’t worry that the vinegar will make your dwelling smell: once it dries, it’s odor-free. This cleaner is perfect for bathroom and kitchen fixtures, countertops, dining tables and virtually any other surface on which you would use a pre-made chemical cleanser.

Carpet Stain Remover
Mix equal parts vinegar and water and spray it on the spot. Allow it to sit for 5 or 10 minutes, and then scrub with a sponge or brush using warm, soapy water.

Wall Cleaner
Apply baking soda straight to a mark on the wall using a sponge. Scrub and rinse.

To keep the air in your room smelling fresh and clean, mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and place in a small decorative dish on a table to absorb odors.

Dishwasher Soap
Dishwasher soaps contain phosphates, which encourage algae growth in fresh water sources and choke out the wildlife. An effective replacement for dishwasher powder is to mix equal parts of borax and baking soda. Use it as you would use any commercial product.

Warm Bedding & Clothes
To keep your heating bill in check over the winter and save energy, be sure to pack some warm lounging clothes to wear while you’re hanging out at home. A comfortable hat will keep body heat from escaping through your head, and a pair of wool socks under warm slippers will keep your feet toasty. Consider a set of high-quality thermal underwear to put on under your sweats for extra warmth, and then keep the thermostat at 68 degrees. A down comforter will keep you extra warm at night, allowing you to turn the thermostat down to 62 while you sleep. These strategies can save you 40 percent in heating costs, and a lot of natural gas to boot.

Rugs & Window Treatments
Rather than purchasing rugs and window treatments derived from oil-based materials, consider sisal, wool or cotton for your rugs, cotton for your curtains and wood for your blinds. Rugs will help keep your space warm in the winter. Open your curtains or blinds during the day to allow the sun to heat your space, then close them at night to keep the warmth in.

Take Your Bike!
Even if you have a car, be sure to take your bike to college. Campuses are generally bike-friendly, and urban college neighborhoods are usually packed with stores, shops and services that you can often more easily bike to than drive to. You’ll not only save on gas, but you’ll also combat the classic Freshman 15, a common weight gain that is widely seen during the first year of college.

Power Saver Electrical Cords
Many electronics, such as your coffee pot, computer peripherals and game consoles, continue to use electricity after you turn them off. Take a power saver cord with you and plug in your computer peripherals, such as your printer, modem, scanner and monitor into one power strip and turn it off when you’re not using your computer. Not only will you save energy, you’ll also extend the lives of your accessories.

Author Bio:  George Dennis is president of King Shade and Window, a home improvement company that carries a range of custom roller shades.

Worried About College Admissions? Just Be Glad It’s Not Like This.

Monday, July 25th, 2011

As summer slips away, the specter of college applications and getting admitted to college is looming large in many a high school senior’s mind. After all, you’re putting your whole life out there for strangers to dissect. It’s enough to make anyone feel a little nervous!

But you know what they say…it’s better to laugh than cry.

At least that’s what the team behind this video from The Princeton Tiger—the nation’s second oldest college humor magazine—think. And we hope you’ll agree.

A few of our favorite quotes from this spoof of the college admissions process?

“I wasn’t sure about this kid until I read his 27th recommendation. His uncle’s middle school art teacher’s glowing recommendation of his community service really inspired me.”

“Let’s all read this one’s personal statement and laugh at it.”

“Listen, can you hear them cry? I like it when they cry.”

But don’t worry. The actual college admissions process is nothing like this! To see what it’s really like, watch this video from Butler University.

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Links To Learn By: The Best In College Prep For the Week of July 15, 2011.

Saturday, July 16th, 2011
summer reading for college prep

College news to supplement your beach reading.

While you’re enjoying your summer, we’re scouring the Internet for the college news you need to hear. Read on to see what college prep  news you should know about this week.

College and Social Media

LinkedIn, the social media platform that’s traditionally been all business, is reaching out to college students. Find out how.

Like it or not, Twitter is here to stay. Fortunately there’s a glossary to help you learn what you need to know to tweet. Check it out.

College Admissions

Do you feel prepared for college? One third of Alabama students may not be. Read all about it.

What can you do in your junior and senior year to make getting into college easier? Find out here.

Are you touring college campuses this summer? Here are seven apps to make it easier.

College Life and Beyond

Do you know what the most common college grade is? Find out here.

Worried about getting a job after graduation? Try one of these ten jobs.

Random College News

Have you ever wanted to go to wizardry school? Find out how much it would cost to go to Hogwarts.

And that’s the best in college prep this week. Got something to add? Tell us in the comments. And don’t forget to subscribe, so you can get the best college links every week!

5 Tips to Survive (and Thrive) Freshman Year

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Making the transition to college—well, it isn’t always easy. But, there are things that you can do to help ensure your college success. My College Guide has five tips to guide you as you begin your college career.

Don't let the work pile up--schedule in study time!

Don't let the work pile up--schedule in study time!

Ensure Your College Success

Network – College is a great time to network. It’s not only a good idea for what comes after college (you know, real life) but it’s doubly good in case you miss a class due to illness! If you can’t be in class, you will have someone else that you can call to find out what you missed—and to have a set of notes from the day’s lecture to copy!

Eat Well – Now more than ever your college cafeteria offers a ton of meal choice. Sure, you can eat French fries and a burger every single day—but don’t! The Freshman fifteen is avoidable but more than that, a healthy diet can keep you, well, healthy!

Get Involved – The wall flower will never have the college experience they had hoped! College is a time to try new things: Get involved in clubs and activities, don’t be afraid to chat up anyone who sits beside you in your college classes, and make your Freshman year everything you wanted. Bonus: If you miss class due to illness, you will have someone around to fill you in on what happened as well as give you notes to copy.

Know Your Professors – Your college professors aren’t just there to lecture, pass out assignments, and assign research papers. While it might seem scary, introduce yourself personally after class (maybe come up with a question about the course as an ice breaker). Knowing your college professor can be really helpful if you run into scheduling conflicts later. If you join the ranks of the majority of college freshman and end up changing your major, having a mentor in the field that you are interested in is invaluable!

Study Time – This might sound a little silly but you should think about scheduling yourself time to study! It’s very easy to fall into the “I’ll get to that later” routine and later never seems to happen. College isn’t like high school. You will have lots of reading and studying to do just about every night. Stay on top of it early to keep it down to a minimum because cramming for a test at the last minute? It just isn’t fun.

Next Year

Don’t stop there! Make a mental note to carry out our advice throughout your college career. Good study habits, networking with others, and having a back-up plan in case of illness is always a good idea, no matter what year in school you are!

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5 More Movies About College Life

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Movies about college life? My College Guide has them! Or, rather, we’ve compiled another fantastic list of college-themed movies. Hey, after all the work you’ve been doing to get into college, sometimes it’s nice to remember why you’re going in the first place!

Movies about college life? Grab the popcorn!

Movies about college life? Grab the popcorn!

They may not all be true to life, but they sure are entertaining! Your college experience will be what you make of it. So, how do you plan to use the next four years?

Movies To Make You Cheer for The Underdog

Rudy – This one finds its home as a sports classic. Rudy, played by grown up Goonie Sean Astin, is the blue-collar student who can’t afford college (guess he didn’t read My College Guide’s advice on financial aid!) but receives a sports scholarship that lets him in.

Good Will Hunting – How do you like them apples? Matt Damon and Ben Affleck star in Good Will Hunting. Matt plays the part of the genius janitor and Ben? He works construction. We love this movie for the snappy one liners and loads of talent (Robin Williams won an award for his part in this one).

Good Fun

Drumline – We admit: it can be a bit predictable, but Drumline put the fun back in band! Watch it for the awesome competition performance scenes. Even in college it’s a good idea to get involved in extracurricular activities! Remember the OK Go video that used college band students? What you do in college, well, it sure looks great on that resume later!

Movies to Watch with Your Girlfriends

Mona Lisa Smile – Julia Roberts stars as an art teacher at Wellesley College who wants to challenge the way the young girls think. Know what? Women’s colleges are still doing that today! Although, unlike the movie, women’s colleges really aren’t stuffy or old-fashioned. Star-packed and great for girls night.

Legally Blonde – Put away your pink scented paper, grab your Chihuahua and some popcorn, and settle in for this comedy starring Reese Witherspoon. The plot? She heads to Harvard University to get back her ex—and learns a little more about herself in the process. Chick flicks at their finest!

You tell us! What are some of your favorite college-themed movies? Let us know in the comments below! We may just add it to part 3.

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Top 5 Tips For Making the Most of Business College Online

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

If you’re a busy working adult, going to business college online could be a great way to get your business degree without totally disrupting your regular life.

Business College Online? Don't forget about the importance of internships and networking!

Business College Online? Don't forget about the importance of internships and networking!

But to make it worth your while, you have to put a lot of time and effort into it—just as you would if you were attending a regular, campus-based program. In addition, going to business college online presents some unique challenges. Below are tips for making the most of it!

How to network while attending business college online.

One thing most business schools do really well is to provide networking opportunities for their students. As an online student, you can still network—you just have to be a little more creative about it.

Actively participate in class forums, discussion groups and live chats. The best way to get to know your peers is to interact with them. So don’t miss an opportunity to get involved.

Join networking clubs in your community. Opportunities for networking are plentiful—even for adults going back to school. Whether your local chamber of commerce, an industry-specific association or even a Meetup group organizes them, events are happening all around you. Get out there!

Don’t forget about the importance of internships. You might think that by attending business college online, you can skip the internship. But that’s not a good idea! Many programs actually require you to complete an internship, but even if yours doesn’t, you should make an effort to find one. An internship can greatly enhance your network—and your job opportunities when you graduate.

Getting the most out of your classes when attending business college online.

Getting the most out of your business college online experience means more than just working hard towards your bachelor’s degree online—it means actively participating in class.

Get to know your professors. Many professors make themselves available for Skype sessions or, at the very least, live chats. Make sure you’re taking advantage of these opportunities! Use them to ask questions, get clarifications, and to get their perspective on subjects of concern to you. The effort could pay off when it comes to grade time!

Volunteer to lead. The most successful people in business are those who are unafraid to take charge. And the best place to hone those skills? Is in the lecture hall—virtual or not. So volunteer for group projects and presentations. You’ll be glad you did!

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Trippin’ with Griffin at Westminster College

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

How is your college of choice planning on getting you excited about becoming a student? If you are going to be a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, the answer lies in the Facebook College Class of 2015 and Griffin. Who is Griffin? Only the feathered mascot that is now seen in the hands of soon-to-be students far and wide! My College Guide got in touch with Dana Simmons, E-Marketing Director & Outreach Director, to hear all about it!

Trippin' with Griffin

Trippin' with Griffin

What is “Trippin’ with Griffin?”
Trippin’ with Griffin is an exciting way to connect the Class of 2015 to each other and to Westminster’s campus community before students arrive on campus with the help of our mascot, the Griffin. The primary social medium for this is Facebook but advertised through email, twitter, and direct mail marketing.

Why start this program? What do you hope new students get from this?
We want our students to get to know each other before they arrive on campus – and by doing so, they will start to build their friendships early and are more likely to be successful and happy. Almost half of our student population is from outside the state and it is important to Westminster College to help these students acclimate into college life. Trippin’ with Griffin is just one of the steps in that.

What’s the range for “Trippin’ with Griffin?” How far has Griffin traveled?
Griff has traveled all over the United States with sightings everywhere from the east coast in Maine and Pennsylvania to the west coast in Washington, Oregon and California. He’s also downloadable for our international students from countries, such as India, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China. We hope to have a few sightings there soon.

Are there any fan favorites at this point?
We love all the photos that have been submitted. I think each one shows the unique personality of our students – and gives us a fun preview of our Class of 2015!

Tripping with Griffin

Trippin' with Griffin

What else would you like My College Guide to know?
Our focus has been to broaden our social media strategy for our students to increase interactivity through online venues, such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Tumblr. We feel like Trippin’ with Griffin was an innovative yield campaign that helped maximize our dollars through offline and online channels. Stay tuned for Griff to go on Fall travel–you just might see him at a college fair and follow him on Foursquare.

Images Courtesy of Westminster College.

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Boise State University Students Share: Greek Life

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Some of the best moments of college life happen outside the classroom! Joining on-campus clubs and organizations can help you make friends, discover new interests, and can change your life! While not available on every college campus, you might have the opportunity to learn about and possibly join in Greek life.

This video from Boise State University reveals one student’s experience in joining a  fraternity. You’ll discover the surprising benefits that he has found through his involvement on on-campus Greek life! Greek life probably isn’t what you think. Why not give it a try and see for yourself if it’s the right fit for you? Watch Boise State Students Share Their Best Experience – Beyond the Classroom on YouTube or below.

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Reason #5,399 Why You Should Consider Dorm Living

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Need another reason why you should consider dorm living at least for your Freshman year at college? Students from Le Tourneau University’s residence halls competed in an annual event where they run, play, bike, swim, think, and eat their way to victory!

Dorm living isn’t always easy but the experiences and friendships can last a lifetime. On-campus housing can definitely help create an easy transition to college. Why not live right where the action is? Watch LU Games 2010 on YouTube or below.

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