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My College Advice balances practical tips and ideas (like study tips, internship advice, and thoughts on finding the right college) with more personal stories (like my experience learning Spanish, my difficult time networking and fitting in during my time studying in Belfast, or my incredible experience creating my own internship with the help of a mentor).

College life includes a spectrum from learning to grocery shop to launching a career. That's a lot to think about. 

Here are some categories to help you get started: 

Featured Posts for High School Students

These are some of the newest and most popular posts written for high school students, or with a subject directly related to preparing for college. This is a great place to get started! (Use right and left arrows to scroll through this collection). If you have questions, please contact me at katie@mycollegeadvice.org or on twitter at @kdcollegeadvice

Featured Posts on Study Tips

This is a collection of the best study tips on my blog---everything from best writing practices to thesis writing tips to working collaboratively with a study buddy. Although most of these blog posts are directed at a college-level audience, many also apply to high school students. (Scroll through this collection with the right and left arrows below)

Featured Posts on Campus Life

Explore here to learn more about campus and college life. Building a community, finding activities you're passionate about, building experience with internships and volunteering--this is the place to start! If you have questions, or want to know more about a topic, please get in touch! You can email me at katie@mycollegeadvice.org, or ask on twitter at @kdcollegeadvice

A Note about My College Advice

I do my best to cover all college-related topics, the good, the bad, and the difficult to deal with. For those subjects beyond my personal experience or expertise, I invite guest posts from people I know or people who have particular expertise on the subject. One of the most important things to remember in relation to college is that all experiences are unique to each student. While it is a time of enormous opportunity, it can also be a time that brings incredible challenges and obstacles. In fact, I would say those are probably inevitable.

I started this blog because there was so much I wanted to know when I started my college career. I wanted something beyond study tips and career statistics infographics: I wanted personal stories and a real sense of what to expect and how my life was about to change. I wanted to find out how students managed to go abroad, and what they learned there. I wanted to find out if I would be lonely, if I could keep up with the reading, and how I was supposed to feed myself after a lifetime of being looked after by my parents.

I learned all this stuff by living it. I traveled, I studied, I researched, I cooked, I found roommates, I made amazing friends. I learned who and how I wanted to be. Everyone has to go out and live college to figure out how to do it. But learning from the experiences of others helps as well. That's what I'm trying to do here.

If there's something you want me to cover that I haven't yet, please let me know! You can email me at katie@mycollegeadvice.org, or you can find me on twitter at @kdcollegeadvice. You can also fill out the form below, and I'll do my best to find you an answer.

Thanks so much!

A couple of quick notes 

  1. This blog is mainly written for students attending universities in the United States. However, the ideas should apply more broadly around the world.  I would be interested to get feedback from non-US readers.
  2. My college experiences led to considerable ideological changes in my life. I'll inevitably be writing about some politically charged ideas, simply because of who I am and what I've experienced. I hope that any readers who disagree with my ideas can see some topics as universal, even if we might differ in political leanings.  
  3. What I'm sharing here is my opinion, and my original content. Like everything out there, I borrow ideas and stories from the world around me. I make every effort to give credit where it's due--if you are concerned about any content please contact me at katie@mycollegeadvice.org
  4. A note on the photos: all photos used on this site are taken by me unless captioned otherwise, and I have sought out permission from anyone pictured.  

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