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How to meet Guys in College: Top 10 Tips

College guys 101: So you’re a single girl in an awesome college, and by now you’ve figured out that the long-distance relationship thing just doesn’t work. Time to meet some new guys, but how? Here is some expert dating advice for meeting guys in college without being “That Girl.

How to meet Guys in College: Top 10 Tips

You’ve got the hot designer labels, membership in the coolest sorority, and the latest iPhone, so…what’s missing? A new boyfriend!

Ok, let’s back up here. Was it always like this? No. You left Peter behind in Wichita and now you need a “college guy” to complete your ensemble.

Where’s a girl to look? There are plenty of places to meet guys, but you need to follow these simple rules:

1) Don’t leave without a cute ensemble!

Never leave your dorm without your make-up and hair done to the nines. You never know if that spontaneous trip to the university Laundromat is where you’ll meet Mr. Amazing on the Campus. Even Taco Bell may be a college hunk hangout! So, always do a lip gloss check. Don’t ask why.

2) Hang out in places with high guy-girl ratios

This usually means sporty, logical places to meet guys from your college. For example sports parks are a sure win. There are guys hanging out doing testosterone-filled stuff. That works to your advantage. First of all, there are no other sorority girls to compete with, so you’ll look like a supermodel just because of the odds. Secondly, their testosterone levels are up, so you’ll look like a supermodel anyways…win-win!

Great places to meet guys at college would be the Science or Computer lab- major chances there. Or try the math section in your campus library.

3) Join the campus gym.

I cannot tell you how many dating success stories started at the gym. It’s just like going clubbing without the drinking: you get hot pumping music, endorphins instead of an alcohol high, and a stimulating undercurrent in the room. Plus you’ll get fit while cruising for guys. If you’re college doesn’t have a gym, then check out something local.

4) Go to the frat parties.

Ok, so 90% of the guys at college parties are wasted or doing beer chasers, but you might meet one of the sensitive 10% in the corner. Go to as many college frat parties as you can, even if you have to crash.

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5) Eat at Taco Bell.

Don’t ask why, but college guys love fast food establishments. Tacos and enchiladas are filling food for a cheap price, so they’re a hit with the college dudes. Put on your sombrero and high heels and take a booth. I can almost guarantee you will get hit on.

6) Frequent coffee joints near campus.

This is a great way to meet guys who go to your college, but you have to use strategy. Go to the same coffee place at the same time on a regular basis for about two months. If you have no luck with that time frame, then choose another one, or a different location.

This establishes a routine where a potential suitor can watch you and know when you will arrive. This can also give him an opportunity to observe you and work up the courage to ask you out. Always refer back to rule one while doing this.

7) Shop in the guys section of a clothing store.

This is a great trick for meeting college guys. Speak loudly to the salesperson that your brother likes browns and button-ups. This is an obvious ploy to squash any ideas that you may be shopping for a boyfriend, and is subconsciously registered as flirting by the male brain.

8) Go to church…or synagogue

Every guy wants a college girl he can take back home to mom. Sunday morning services are where the marrying types hang…seriously. A dude who fulfills his religious obligations makes for good boyfriend material.

9) Ask for road service.

Pull over on the side of the road with a map. Guys love being the knight in shining armor, even academic college types. Park a mile away from college, and stand on the side of the road looking bewildered. Give it a few minutes. A guy will eventually pull over and ask if you need help. Look relieved and grateful. He’ll eat it up.

 10) Get a life.

This is the single most important rule of dating in college and onwards. Call it a law of the universe, but when you are truly focused on your life, your career, and your studies…in other words, when you really don’t have time for a boyfriend…THAT’S when you’ll find the guy of your dreams.

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How do you meet guys in your college? Do you have any new tips to add? Do you have any questions or suggestions?  Please leave your comments below.

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College Myths that are NOT True

The four-year college bachelor’s is the unicorn of educational achievements. Another interesting college myth- that you can’t save money for college, or else you won’t qualify for financial aid. Here are several facts and fallacies about starting out at college that will help you breathe easier.

College Myths that are NOT True

College Myths: Debunked!

You’ll graduate in four years.  According to the US Department of Education, less than 38% of students seeking a 4-year’s bachelor’s degree graduate on schedule. “Approximately 58 percent of first-time, full-time students who began seeking a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year institution in fall 2004 completed a bachelor’s degree at that institution within 6 years…” –  U.S. Department of Education.

All colleges cost a fortune. The average college major price tag can range between $48,000 for a public college education and $250,000 at a private university.

If you save money for college, then you won’t be eligible for a student loan. Federal financial aid is based on your income, accessed up to 47% and only 5.64% of savings. Tip: Use a 529 plan to save for college- the money grows tax-free and withdrawals are tax-free, too, as long as the cash is used for school.

You have to choose your major right away. Actually, most college students change their majors during the course of their studies at least once.  Study up on which majors are most profitable. Try not to be too wishy-washy though- each time you change your college major you risk wasting credits on graduation requirements.

You’ll gain a ton of weight during your first year. The fearsome “Freshman 15” is in reality more like 3 or 4 pounds. To knock it off, join a gym that offers student discounts, walk to school, and join more charity runs.

Professors are unapproachable. Don’t shy away from asking your college professor to clarify a point he made in class. Just don’t ask during his lecture! Wait until after class, and then ask him for 1 minute of his time…and keep it that way. Don’t rattle on. Be precise and direct, and he may become one of your best advocates.

It’s okay to skip 8am classes. Many freshman students make the mistake of signing up for an early morning class and then ditching, or just showing up at finals. Don’t make this mistake! Many college professors take roll, and your attendance can affect your grade.

American colleges rule.  According to Jeff Selingo, author of College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, a US education isn’t really all that. “American higher education has lost its way…costs are spiraling out of control and quality is declining, just as increasing international competition demands that higher education be more productive and less expensive.”

How Not to Look like a Freshman: Advice from College Seniors

You may have been the big fish in a little pond in high school, but now you’re a college freshman trying hard to go with the flow without sinking. Here are some tips from college seniors to help you swim through freshman year without looking like a clown fish.

How Not to Look like a Freshman: Advice from College Seniors

1) Don’t wear a name tag. Ever. Or a lanyard with your college ID. College orientation moderators love to hand these out because they think it encourages school spirit, but all it encourages is freshman abuse.

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2) On the other hand, don’t go anywhere without your college ID or keys, either. Nothing’s more embarrassing for a freshman than to be locked out of his dorm room because he left his keys in his dirty laundry basket.

3) Lose the college backpack. You may have a lot of books to purchase for this semester, but chances are you won’t need to carry them all to school every day. So unless you plan on “literally” living on campus, stick to a medium-sized pack that is just big enough to hold a notebook binder and a few books. Anything larger than that is bad for your back, and your freshman image.

4) Don’t even think about bringing a lunchbox. It may be the economical, greener way to do lunch, but you’ll be eating alone, or with other freshies who haven’t been informed.

5) Ladies, ease off of the makeup. Less really is more. Accentuate your natural beauty to keep that fresh appearance, but don’t use garish colors that scream, “I’m available and I want attention NOW.”

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6) Practice walking to class when you have time to spare. Nothing says “freshman” like pulling out a campus map or asking for directions from upperclassmen.

7) Dress accordingly. You don’t need designer clothes or sexy attire to fit in with your fellow classmates. Save the party wear for just that- frat parties! Instead, dress in comfortable casual clothing, including some college sweatshirts, caps, and tee shirts.

8) Don’t shop at the college bookstore. That’s the surest way to prove that you are really not with it, and haven’t heard that the best way to save money on college textbooks is to buy them used, or rent from a textbook rental service.

Fortunately, Book Bargain is the best place to compare book prices for all your college materials, for purchase and for renting. You can also sell back any books you don’t need, and get the most money back!

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Creating your Own College Major: Pros and Cons

A new trend in some American universities is to create one’s own college major. But is Independent Concentration for everybody? While more students are opting for the opportunity to draw their own unique major, some may be better off sticking to the old-fashioned route of choosing a tried-and-true college major, particularly with traditional fields such as chemistry or accounting.

Creating your own College Major- Pros and Cons

College will have its complexities, regardless of whether or not you opt for an existing college major; it’s entirely your choice. And that is life’s most essential lesson- making choices that benefit us in the long run!

Let’s weigh some pros and cons.

Creating your own college major: Pros

 1) By creating your own major, you have the option of following a unique degree that can be a resource for future students. You’re a trend-maker!

2) A custom major allows you to pursue your own educational interests on your own terms.

3) By taking the college major less traveled, you’ll be more motivated and more likely to succeed, as it will be a subject that you are really passionate about.

4) With your own custom-made major of expertise, you can push boundaries, and you’ll stand out in the crowd when applying for interviews with potential employers.

5) Some other great lessons you’ll take away in creating your own college major- time management and discipline.

Creating your own college major: Cons

1) Having your own self-drawn major can negatively impact post-graduation studies, especially if your ideas are too “out there.” (Think Franken-major.)

2) Let’s face it- You may have a hard time finding a job in a field in which you have established yourself as a non-conformist.

3) Developing your own college major is overwhelming! If you’re 100% not up to the challenge, then cease and desist.

4) There’s always the chance that you’ll put a lot of time and effort into a designer major that nobody else is interested in pursuing, or investing in.

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