10 CM Articles Every College Upperclassman Needs to Read

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Congratulations, you’re a big kid on campus. You survived the awkward beginnings of freshman year and the annoying nuances that followed you as a sophomore. Nothing can get in your way now because you know it all. Or do you? You racked your brain to figure out where to put the futon in your dorm room, but now you’re face-to-face with the reality of being an upperclassman in college…who’s graduating soon *cue scary music.* Three or four years later and there’s still a lot you need to know, but to start ? Lucky for you, we took pity on your wayward soul and compiled a list of articles that tell you everything you need to know about life as an upperclassman.

The Dummy’s Guide to Choosing a Career After College

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Now that you’re no longer the little guy on campus, you feel pretty good about yourself because you think you figured out college life. You know better than to wear cargo shorts and swing lanyards around your neck. Just when you thought  you knew it all, you realized there’s just one minor (or major) detail of college you haven’t figured out yet–What to do next.

What you’ll learn: 

  • Surprising careers offered to English Majors
  • Which unexpected famous singer majored in Economics
  • How to apply your Biology major skills to a real job

How to Salvage Your GPA before it’s too late

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Pens? Check. Papers and notes from class? Double check. Ready to type a 10-page history paper? Chec—“Oh look I left my Facebook and Twitter tabs open” *Three hours later* “Wait…wasn’t I supposed to be doing something for class?” Don’t let the latest dramatic celeb break-up unfolding on the internet distract you. Make sure you can get your grades in ‘A’ formation before graduation.

What You’ll Learn: 

  • How to stay focused when writing your English paper
  • Unique ways to make your notes more interesting to study
  • The best methods to learn material from class

Be like Beyoncé and Slay Your Resume as a Writer

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Your business suit is neatly dry cleaned and your tie perfectly on tight. But impressing your prospective employers takes more than a good suit and tie. Learn to kill it in the job market by taking the first step and slaying an awesome resume to hand to your next employer. Though they might not even know what “slay” means, they know the difference between an artfully crafted resume and a regular piece of stock paper.

What You’ll Learn: 

  • The proper way to assess your skills
  • Where to access the hook-ups to grow your network
  • How to nail your dream job

 The Hop, Skip and Jump You Need to Take Before Your Career

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Often referred to as the way of the future, internships are your major key to getting that job you want out of college. As a junior or even a senior, internships are crucial because they help you figure out what the heck you want to do with that degree you earned in English. And they give you the experience hiring employers look for in recent graduates.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to build an awesome resume
  • How to behave at your next interview
  • Tips to get to know yourself better

 Mind Over Matter: Taking Care of Your Mental Health

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College: The best of times and the absolute worst of times. Who knew so much freedom could feel so stressful, and not to mention expensive. Beyond the social anxiety of attending a university where you know absolutely no one and feeling fear of being left out, there’s also the stress of classes and bills to pay. The first week of class you’re assigned homework and the university keeps sliding into your DMs about the six grand you owe in tuition. Yikes. Though you feel like you may spontaneously combust due to work over load, take the time to chillax and meditate.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to sweat mental health out of your system
  • The relationship between sleep and stress
  • The best way to let your mind chill

Confronting Sexual Assault on Campus

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You may have a good laugh about the time you slept in and missed your 7:45 a.m. power lecture, but there is nothing amusing about sexual assault on campus. The thought may make you uncomfortable, but avoiding this serious issue only  makes the problem worse. Learn more about this unfortunate problem that’s a commonality on college campuses across the nation. Then, participate in an active discussion with your friends and other students to see what you can do to stop sexual assault on your campus.

What You’ll Learn: 

  • The definition Rape Culture
  • Where rape culture exists today
  • How you can help end rape culture

 All Board Going Abroad

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Got the itch? The travel itch that is. Studying abroad provides the chance to break away from the typical domestic campus scene. But before you go flying up, up and away on what you think will be a better vacation than spring break on Cocoa Beach, read this article to learn why studying abroad isn’t going to give you the downtime you were looking for.  

What You’ll Learn: 

  • What it’s really like to study abroad
  • The challenges you face abroad
  • How to mentally and physically prepare yourself to study abroad

We do it for Turn up

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Though you enjoyed spending your weekends studying late in the library as a little, underaged undergrad, times have changed. And when we say time, we mean it’s your 21st birthday, and it’s time for you to truly experience life as a ‘real’ adult. You don’t have to start filing your tax returns yet, but you can now legally enjoy a few in celebration of acing that psychology midterm last Thursday. In case you were wondering, here’s the best ways to celebrate.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Eating a lot of cupcakes is awesome
  • Possible themes for your raging party
  • Ways you can give back to others

Dating outside the College Bubble

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Freshman year you met a cute boy who lived on your dorm room floor, but by senior year you’ve met a whole bunch of cute boys at the bar, through friends and on Tinder (ain’t no shame in that). However, now that your vast pool of potentials don’t seem to be swimming towards the end date of college, you wonder how you can possibly meet the right one if you didn’t already meet him or her in college? Have no fear because the sea is much wider than the pool you sampled in college.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What real life dating looks like
  • Places where you can meet a hot new date
  • How to commit to a relationship

Master Guide to Getting a Job

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Don’t be that one friend who just goes home after graduation and never leaves their parents’ basement. You came to college to conquer the job market! Of course, jobs weren’t offered in a day. From the application process to interviews to even second interviews, the road to getting employed is longer than the four years you spent in college.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Where to search for jobs
  • How to get a jumpstart on your post college job search
  • Ways to reconnect with old employers to find new job opportunities

Anne is a sophomore studying journalism and history at University of Wisconsin-Madison. A native Wisconsinite, Anne loves all things Wisconsin including sporting events, the outdoors and its summer concerts.

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