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Conquering the College Admission Essay

Sometimes the word “essay” conjures up images of a five-sentence, five-paragraph response to a straightforward question. Instead, think of this part of the application as a story you tell about yourself that A) shows the College how well you write, … Continue reading

Entering College with an Undeclared Major

There is a common misconception that students should know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives the moment they step foot on their college campus. In actuality, a large portion of students enter college with … Continue reading

The Kalamazoo College Dictionary

Here at Kalamazoo College, we have a LOT of slang: we abbreviate everything and make up nicknames for what can’t be abbreviated. As upperclassmen, we utilize many of these terms every day—therefore, we’ve compiled a vocabulary list that we think … Continue reading

Ten Tips to Eating Gluten-Free at K

Though I myself do not live by a gluten-free diet, I know there are an estimated three million Americans with celiac disease, a condition which causes adverse reactions to food products with gluten in them, and many more people who … Continue reading

Asking Questions and Seeking Answers

Upon graduating high school, it felt as though everyone and their grandmother had a bit of wisdom to impart before I entered the next “chapter” of my life (the “real world,” some people called it, as if everything up to … Continue reading

Just Do It: Advice to Incoming Students

In the year leading up to leaving for college, much of your time is spent preparing for the changes to come: organizing and packing up your belongings for a dorm room, looking through course catalogs to choose what classes you … Continue reading

Health is Wealth

One of the biggest things I struggled with during my high school career was figuring out when to keep pushing myself on assignments and when to realize I was absolutely drained and needed to give myself a break. In my … Continue reading

Helping Hands

Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help because we develop such a strong sense of pride and we don’t want to do anything to ruin that. In high school I had grown comfortable when asking for help, knowing what teachers … Continue reading