How to Spend Your First Christmas Break in College

By Bailey Linton on December 11, 2018

I understand that for many of you, Christmas Break is something you're familiar with and have experienced many times before. However, returning home from college during Christmas Break can be a completely new beast for a variety of reasons. You're going to be treated as an adult by family members, and they are going to want to know EVERYTHING about you. The barrage of questions will make it easy to…

How to Use Your Spare Time in College

By Bailey Linton on December 7, 2018

Your last class has ended for the day, and you give a long, drawn out sigh as you begin to relax into an evening filled with … what? You rack your brain for ideas. Surely, you didn't forget to make plans, right? Tonight would stink if I have to spend it watching Netflix alone again, you think to yourself. What are you going to do with your free time?

It can be a surprisingly tough question to answer…

How to Survive Winter in West Michigan

By Sarah Hiemstra on February 23, 2018

Winter is an exciting time of the year. It brings the holiday season, snow and dropping temperatures, especially in Michigan. Whether you love winter or loathe it, there are simple tips that can help you survive a West Michigan winter. In fact, you might just be able to thrive in it.

How to Manage Your Money in College

By Sydney Wheat on December 1, 2017

During my first year at Cornerstone, my concept of money was not fully established. One day, during January of my freshman year, I received a call from my dad that led to a conversation about the cost of college. At that moment, I realized that my lifestyle and lack of attention to finances needed to change. It was then that my mindset toward money management switched directions.

Surviving Your First Year as an Engineering Student

By Allison Todd on November 6, 2017

Freshman year at college is an adventure. You are in a new city, you have new friends and you begin to feel your first sense of independence. While it's great to finally experience freedom, being responsible with your time and resources is vitally important as you begin to feel the pressures of your course load, especially for an engineering student.

The Church Search

By Allison Todd on November 3, 2017

Arriving for your first year at college, you have all of your classes planned out. But, there is one thing you didn't plan ahead: where to go to church. Since you don't exactly live down the street, it's hard to know where to start.

Study to Success, Minus the Stress

By Meredith Sweet on October 6, 2017

Brace yourself: midterms are coming.

The good news is that you've made it this far. Congratulations! The transition from high school to college isn't easy, but you've managed to work hard and push through it. Now all you have to do is prove how much you've learned.

Though studying is never fun, it is an effective way to prepare yourself ahead of time. Don't let yourself rely on cramming the night…

How to Be a Good Roommate

By Meredith Sweet on September 22, 2017

In the age of the Internet, it's easier than ever to connect with people, even those you haven't met yet.

When you first received a friend request from your new roommate, you were excited. Then came the hard part: starting the conversation. Now, as you pack up your things for move-in day, you feel like you've set a solid foundation for a promising friendship.

How to Avoid the Homesickness Blues

By Meredith Sweet on September 8, 2017

Two weeks into the semester, and you can't fall asleep. You spend your time lying in bed, scrolling through your Facebook feed. All of the friends and family members you left behind seem to have moved on without you. You were supposed to be starting this exciting new phase in your life, and here you are, wishing you were still at home.

10 Essential Things You'll Need Your First Year

By Meredith Sweet on July 28, 2017

You're an A+ student, so you've done your research. You've read all the blogs and seen all the lists. Almost everything you own has been pressed, folded and crammed into cardboard boxes at the foot of your bed. It's two weeks before move-in day, and you think you're as ready as you'll ever be.

But what if those lists are incomplete? What if you have to run out to the store on the second day of school…

Accepting That Your High School Friends May Not Last Forever

By Meredith Sweet on June 16, 2017

You switch the tassel on your cap from the right to the left. Diploma in hand, you join the rest of your high school classmates and file out of the commencement service. You are finally ready to start the next phase of your life.

But there are some things you never thought you'd leave behind: your friendships. You want to hold onto those memories of days in the lunchroom, or sitting in the back of…

What I Would Tell My Freshman Self

By Meredith Sweet on May 5, 2017

You're counting down the days to college graduation, making plans for the life you've always wanted. Now that you're at the end of your undergraduate education, it all seems like it went by so fast. You think about who you were at the beginning, that freshman student who didn't have a clue, and it seems impossible to think about how much you've grown.