Listen Up College Kids, These are the Things You Shouldn’t Ever Do


When I started college, I couldn’t have imagined the challenges I was going to face. College is a learning process in every way possible; it would’ve helped to know what I was really getting into. Here are the things I wish someone told me before my first day.

Your Professors are Allies

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Professors can be scary, but don’t fret, they don’t bite. Building a relationship with professors could result in a letter of recommendation for your dream job, a job referral or advice to kick-start your career.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask

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Don’t feel like your question is stupid. Chances are, it’s the same question a hundred other students were too afraid to ask.

Free Food is ALWAYS a Good Thing

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Broke college students should NEVER say no to free food. Take advantage of events with free food such as workshops, club meetings or info sessions where you can feed your tummy and mind at the same time.

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Don’t Live with Friends

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Your dorm or apartment will become your safe space in college. Rooming with your friends isn’t like your childhood sleepovers. Often, personalities aren’t as compatible in close living quarters. Choose your housemates carefully.

It’s Ok to Get Homesick

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At first the sense of freedom will be great, but you will miss the warmth and stability you left at home. You’ll find yourself using “I love you” and “I miss you” more than ever.

Money Trees DO NOT Exist

But scholarships do! Finances should never be the reason to limit your education. Look for scholarships, check out FAFSA or get a student job. Your education is the best investment you can make.

Oh the Places You’ll Go

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College is where you’ll first be exposed to a world much bigger than you imagined. Be open minded and ready to expand your horizons. Take advantage of the study abroad programs. Explore!

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A Degree is the First Step

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Employers want to see more than a degree–they want experience. Make the most of your resources in college and enroll in clubs and internships that’ll give you the opportunity to round out your resume.

Find the Right Major

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It’s okay if you switch majors. Do research and volunteer in your new field to make sure this is what you want to do for a living.

You Will Survive an F

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Most colleges let you retake a fail and replace your grade. But learn from your mistake; don’t procrastinate, pace yourself and don’t depend on all-nighters to cram your studying.

Lo Bueno Cuesta

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College is not easy. You’ll face physical, emotional, mental and social challenges, but the sweat and tears will lead to a sweet victory.

Hillary Clinton Takes Stance on Immigration


Hillary Clinton Takes Stance on Immigration

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The 2016 presidential race is heating up and candidates are scrambling to court voters by drawing clear lines on immigration. On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton announced she supports a full path to citizenship for immigrants during a talk at Rancho High School in Las Vegas.

Hillary Clinton is Pro-Immigration Reform

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The Democratic candidate is a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform and announced her supportof paving a “full and equal path to citizenship” for undocumented people living in the United States.

“We can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship,” Clinton said at Rancho High School, adding: “Now, this is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side.”

Where does she stand compared to other candidates?

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Jeb Bush Supports a Path to “Legal Status”

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Bush believes in a path to legal status, but not citizenship – although he’s said he would consider putting citizenship on the table if there’s enough support for it. Bush’s plan: those seeking legal status must prove themselves in the eyes of the law. If you are already here, be prepared to pay fines and taxes, work and learn English.

“You pay your fines, you get provisional work permits, where you come out of the shadows, you pay taxes, you pay fines, you don’t receive government assistance, you learn English, you don’t commit crimes,” Bush said during a talk at the Club for Growth in Florida.

Bush’s current immigration stance has encountered resistance from many conservatives.

Ted Cruz Believes in Tightening Border Control

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Republican Ted Cruz was the first Latino candidate to announce a run for the presidency and without missing a beat, immigration advocacy groups gave him a big thumbs down. Cruz does not believe in citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

“Instead of the lawlessness and the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders,” said Cruz during a speech at Liberty University. “And imagine a legal immigration system that welcomes and celebrates those who come to achieve the American Dream.”

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Marco Rubio Draws a Hard Line on Immigration

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Marco Rubio, who once supported a DREAM Act plan, recently said undocumented immigrants do not a have a right to live in the U.S. Rubio says if elected, he would be willing to give undocumented immigrants with 10 years in the U.S. the option to pay a fine and go through a background check:

“What you would get is the equivalent of a non-immigrant, non-permanent work visa to be in the U.S. and you would have to be in that status for a significant period of time,” said Rubio in a talk at the NRI Summit, adding: “And at some point, if you choose, you could apply for permanent residency, but you’d have to do it through that modernized legal immigration system and you’d have to do it just like everybody else, not a special process or anything of that nature.”

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