Freshman Year 101

Dealing With Over-the-Top Party Pals

Perfectly straightened hair? Check. Cute, new outfit? Check. Your best friend completely plastered before you even head out the door? Uh-oh. You’ve heard it all. “College is the time to try everything,” and “Hey, you only live once!” While college is obviously known as a time for experimenting, there is still work to be done

Bond Beyond the Dorm!

One of the best parts of college: dorm life. Not only are you finally away from your parents, you're also surrounded by hundreds of potential friends with similar goals and, perhaps more importantly, similar fears.

But when you're surrounded by so much to do all within a few feet of your cozy little room, it's easy to get swept up in all the dorm activity and never really get to know anybody further away than the girls on the second floor. As awesome -- and comfortable -- as it can feel to be an integral part of your dorm's social circle, don't let yourself get stuck in a rut.

5 Essentials You Need for Your Dorm Room

By Jill Scherr, Student at Academy of Art University If you were anything like me growing up, you always loved any excuse to shop, especially trips to buy back-to-school supplies so you could be super prepared for the first day of school/college. I’ve learned over the years that it is great to be prepared …

The 411 on Rushing a Sorority

By Ashley Tripp, Student at the University of Alabama “One minute,” said the judicial board member. It was the first day of sorority recruitment, and I was standing outside my first house anxiously waiting to see what was going to happen next. Suddenly, the entire sorority row was filled with clapping and chanting as sisters

10 Things Nobody Told You About College

By Tracey Rector, Alumna of IUPUI While college is the best time of your life, it can also be stressful if you don’t plan accordingly. Luckily your friends at University Chic have been there and have advice for those of you who are either at college already or will be soon. 1. Personal Schedule One

College Essentials: Laundry Supplies

It’s the middle of May and you know what that means — Graduation! If your teen hasn’t graduated yet, you’ve still got time to find the perfect gift (and can check back here for some ideas), but you should start stocking up on College Essentials. College essentials is a new series we’ll be running here

Best of College Blogger Advice: Friends as Roommates – Good or Bad?

I’m a firm believer that you never truly know someone until you live with them. Specifically, you don’t know your friends as well as you think until you live with them. In some situations, you get to know your friends better and your relationships grow deeper. Case in point: my freshman living experience was amazing.

Best of College Blogger Advice: Balancing Work and School

When you’re an undergrad, working during the school year can cramp your style. I worked as a research assistant last semester – it was all Excel spreadsheets and Google searches – and I complained about it at every available opportunity. But after talking to my friend Caroline, I realized I had nothing to complain about.

Best of College Blogger Advice: How to Stay Sane When Your Parents Visit

Already stressing about your parents' upcoming visit? Here's some fun suggestions that will keep everyone happy.

How Binge Drinking is Impacting Your Body

By Erin McClary, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Most college students party at least four nights a week. These parties include kegs, hard liquor and shots. We party on campus, we party downtown and we party at fraternity houses. But isn’t this normal? Isn’t college all about alcohol and the opportunity to get