15 Useful Websites For College Students

15 Useful Websites For College Students

Important websites for any college student
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Recently college students have become more and more reliant on the web. However, because of the abundance of websites we have access to, we often find it hard to find the information we are looking for. But, if you look in the right places you can find very useful information on the web. Here are some useful sites for college students:

1. Rate My Professors

This is the best website for students who are registering for classes. The site provides ratings for more than one million teachers and professors around the world. Over 6.8 million students ranked their professors with details.

2. Text Swap

Most students can't afford to buy brand new textbooks for each class every semester. Text Swap is the perfect alternative! Text Swap is a free textbook exchange service for students who want to be able to trade their used textbooks online for other ones.

3. Study Hacks

Study Hacks is dedicated to "demystifying student success." This college blog is one of the best places on the internet to get study advice and their strategies actually work!

4. Student Loan Calculator

Student Loan Calculator was made by the College Board to make it easier for college students to stay on top for their student loan payments.

5. RefDesk

Most of us English 120 students are working on research papers and one of the things we're finding hard to do is find legitimate resources! But, fear not! RefDesk is an award-winning site which provides a great platform to find and check facts. It has an enormous collection of reference materials, searchable databases, and other great resources that you probably can't find anywhere else.

6. Encylcopedia.com

This is another great website for research. This website allows students to cite reputable sources. Encyclopedia.com pulls search results from over 100 reputable dictionaries and encyclopedias, including sources like the Oxford University press.

7. ChaCha

Although ChaCha isn't a citable website, it is the perfect place to start research. This website has over 15,000 guides who help answer any questions students may have.

8. Essay Punch

Essay Punch provides an interactive online essay-writing tutorial. It helps students organize thoughts and improve their essay skills, as well as brainstorm and read sample essays.

9. The Owl

The Owl is named after the Purdue University's Online Writing Lab, which is another great resource for student writers who want to learn more about writing mechanics, formatting, outline development, and avoiding plagiarism.

10. Wridea

Wridea is another free online idea management service that hopes to help writers brainstorm, organize, and improve their ideas.

11. Bib Me

Bib Me is a lifesaver! This site includes a bibliography generator that automatically fills in a works cited page using MLA, APA, and other formats.

12. The Online Books Page

The Online Books page is a website made by the University of Pennsylvania, it has over 30,000 books that anyone can read for free online. Users can search books by their titles or their author.

13. Open Book Project

The Open Book Project was made specifically for the academic community. Students and teachers can find free textbooks and other open-source education materials.

14. SparkNotes

Last but not the least, how can we forget SparkNotes? Whether in terms of when you need to catch up on a reading you could complete, or would like to understand your readings in more detail, SparkNotes is the best place to go. This site offers summaries of several books as well as provides essay help, timelines, and much more.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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