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University of Georgia

University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 30602 706-542-3000 Congratulations! If you are on this page, you have a UGA student! Read on to find out the inside scoop! Pass on these great tips, tell your friends and like us on Facebook,  Instagram,  Twitter, and Pinterest. Sign up for other great tips at haveuheard.com. New to HUH, here is how to use the site.

An Insider’s Guide to Living on Campus

Here’s What You Need to Know About Campus Living You can certainly read about the dorms and where to live on campus on the UGA Housing pages, but we asked our interns for the inside scoop…which is probably what you really want to know before you choose where to live when you become a Bulldog. Here’s what they had to say: There are 22 dorms and living options at UGA. Two dorms are female only as all of the others are coed. Some have restricted visiting hours, while others have visiting hours 24/7. The dorms are arranged into 9 communities. The dorms designated for first-year students only are Broggs, Brumby, Church, Creswell, Hill, Lipscomb, Mell, Morris, and Russell Halls. Hill Community Made up of six different halls in the heart of campus and at the bottom of the hill. Five are traditional-style (Boggs, Church, Hill, Mell, & Lipscomb Halls) with shared rooms and […]

Are U Ready For Some Football?

You can almost hear the crowd roar… So now that your child is going to be a Dawg, you are probably enjoying that big sigh of relief, but hold on! Not so fast! Because, in Athens, the next big thing you must prepare for is football. It is never too early to start talking about and planning for the University of Georgia Football home games. And here, I’m going to do my best to break it all down for you. For students, football tickets are not free. Home games are not pricey but away games can be expensive. Students do get to apply for their tickets, but if they end up not using them, then they can be penalized for that. Turning tickets back in before the games will keep you in good standing. The UGA student ticket policy states all of the rules. For parents and friends, tickets can be purchased […]

Books, Books, Books, Time to Study

Let Reality Begin Now that our sons and daughters are all settled at college, the reality of necessities begins. They are students again and are starting the real reason that they have been sent off to college, to study therefore, they will undoubtedly need books. No longer do students need to wait in line at the bookstore to purchase their books. Yes, they can still do that, but today books come in many different forms and can be purchased in a variety of ways – including rentals. Deciding which is the most cost-efficient and easiest way for your students to get their required textbooks are important factors. Personally, I think it is wise for students to wait until after their first class to purchase their book. There may be a book listed for a class, but in the first class, the professor may announce that they are using something different. It happens. […]

Career Showcase

A Springboard to Your Career Future The UGA Career Center is commonly seen as one of the most important resources available to UGA Students across the board. Located at 825 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA; it is equipped with tons of employees ready to help with internships, jobs, resume building, grad school, and so much more. Their website is a great resource available to students 24/7. It has many features, including a Virtual Career Assistant named Bark Bot available for help around the clock. There are many tabs online including Job Search, Interviewing, and Resumes. All three of these options have an abundance of links and information that can answer almost any question you have. There are also sample resumes, online mock interviews, and links to information regarding things like appropriate business casual dress, sample interview questions, and interview etiquette. Another amazing aspect of the career center website is the “Majors” section; […]

The Next Four Years

Are you Bulldog ready? So, you have a student ready to spend the next four years as a Georgia Bulldog? Well, put your seatbelt on because you are getting ready to experience all that a top 10 American university can offer. Being the birthplace of higher education, the University of Georgia has a long history of founding accomplishments. It is the state of Georgia’s flagship institution. UGA is in the top three producers of Rhodes scholars and has produced many famous athletes as well as scientists and other leaders. HaveUHeard that UGA is number one in total products reaching the market? They have scores of patents that their students and professors have created. UGA is located in the town of Athens, which is about an hour northeast of Atlanta. It is a college town, bearing all things UGA and known for its antebellum architecture. It’s Victorian-era downtown is filled with art galleries, […]

Dance Marathon

You Can Dance If You Want To UGA Miracle Dance Marathon is one of the most popular philanthropy events on campus. Members of Miracle come together and stay on their feet for 24 hours dancing, singing, and fundraising for local kids that are currently being treated by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The motto of the Dance Marathon is: “We are students united by one mission – to help sick and injured kids in our local community get the care they need. We are united around kids and families from our local children’s hospital who need our support. These sick kids need our help.” College kids who rally around this organization spend a lot of time preparing for the Dance Marathon by building relationships with the patients of the Children’s Hospital and their families through various activities and events. The UGA Miracle Network has been in operation since 1995 and in 2017, they […]

Fix it! Fix it Good!

If it’s Broken, You Must Fix It It’s gonna happen, so why not be prepared for it? Things break and finding the right place to fix it is a hassle that no one wants. Plus, it can be hard to help your students when they are so far away. So, we have suggestions in the UGA area to help with bikes, cars, phone repairs, and other fixes it needs. Even though most students walk or use the campus bus system, some will eventually need a car repair or a new bike tire, and of course, the inevitable new phone screen. Listed below are some of the repair shops that we have found near UGA. Bicycle Repairs UGA offers four fix-it self-service bike repair stations on campus. The UGA mobile app lists their locations and then you can scan the QR code at the station and find instructions for repairs. Operation Safe Drive […]

Georgia Bulldog Bucket List – Be Sure You Do These!

Check out these Bulldog Bucket items to do! No student at the University of Georgia has the exact same experience as another, but there are a couple of bucket list things that every student must try during their time at UGA. Below are the Bucket List items that students should aspire to cross off as a student and when they should try to do them. Orientation Swim in the Fountain on Herty Field: This is a long time tradition where students go to North Campus late at night during orientation and hop in the Herty Field fountain. Pictures will be taken, friends will be made, and after doing this, one will officially feel like they are part of the UGA family. Fall Semester Bucket List Walk on Dooley Field @ Sanford Stadium: After everyone is moved in, there will be a HUGE event at Sanford Stadium called the “Freshman Welcome”, this will […]

Getting There – Transportation

Transportation to and from Athens The first time that you drop off your student can be stressful and confusing. Planning is the key to a smooth move. Since most parents go with their students to help move them in, it is important to know the ins and outs of traveling to and from Athens. There are some options when it comes to getting to Athens. Since you probably won’t be picking them up and delivering them back to campus very often, here are some ways to get them to and from UGA. For areas within Athens-Clarke County, students can ride Athens Transit for free. This bus system has a couple of stops on and around campus. For areas outside of Athens, including Atlanta and beyond, there are a few services offered. Atlanta’s International airport is about an hour and a half drive from Athens. Groome Transportation offers 23 daily round trips from […]

Grocery Stores

Grocery – Kids Gotta Eat Whether your student is living on campus with a meal plan, or living off-campus and having to “forage for themselves”, they will eventually find the need to go to a grocery store. UGA has great options right around campus, and options for every budget. If you are familiar with the South, then you already know about the following stores: Kroger, Publix, Ingles, Piggly Wiggly, and Bell’s Food Stores. They are all there! Be sure to have your student sign up for each store’s digital coupons and discount programs. They can help them save when on a budget. Adding their app makes it easy to add items they purchase for a discount. No matter where they live on or off-campus, Kroger is most likely the closest grocery store to them. If they live on the Baxter side of campus, they will probably go to the Kroger on Alps, […]

Home Sweet Dorm

Turn Their Dorm Room From Drab to Fab You may be surprised at how one can transition a mass-produced, industrial-looking dorm room into a warm and inviting room or suite.  And there is plenty of help out there to spur ideas and help you organize. Organization is the primary concern, because after all if your kids are like mine, they will feel the need to take almost all their stuff from home to settle them in as though there are no laundry facilities or stores nearby. Pinterest seems to be the holy grail for UGA dorm ideas.  There are so many there, that you will feel pressured and anxious to make your students’ room look award-winning.  But fear not! Stick to the important subject of organization first. Of course, decorating a girl’s room can be very different from a boy, but the basics remain the same.  Either way, check the bed size of […]

Hotels and Places to Stay

A Quaint Place to Stay Athens is home to a Victorian-style downtown filled with art galleries, trendy shops, world-renowned nightclubs, and amazing dining. The gardens and architecture make this college town a great place to stay and explore. There are a lot of things to do and see in Athens, but booking a hotel can be tricky during football season, basketball season, and during other large events. If you are planning on attending a game and need a room, plan far ahead as the hotel’s book, sometimes even a year in advance. There are all different things to take into consideration when booking. Some may want a suite-type room, free breakfast, a gym, or a Starbucks in the lobby. Some families look for pet-friendly hotels (because what college kid doesn’t want a visit from their pet?), and even hotels where they can earn points. Since you will be doing this for at […]

It’s Dinner Time in Athens!

Time to have Dinner! Athens and the UGA area offer lots of great places to eat. Here are some of our favorite places to go to dinner. Cali N Titos – This super casual, outdoor Latin American stop is sure to please. They take cash only and you can BYOB. Located on Lumpkin Street, they are closed on Mondays.  Five & Ten – For an upscale dinner, this is sure to please. Their seasonally driven menu offers different specialties on different days. Think, Burger night, Ramen night, etc. with a fancier flare. They are open from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Monday-Thursday and from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday-Saturday. They are closed on Sundays.  Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – This chain is popular with UGA students. Located on Lumpkin, the Cheesy Queso with Beef is delicious. They are open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday-Wednesday, till 11:00 pm on […]

Moving In

Moving…It Just Got Real Once your student has been given their move-in date and dorm or residence assignment, the process of handling what can be a stressful, labor-intensive and often expensive process begin. The actual moving in! Traditionally, female students tend to take a full-on decorating approach complete with wall décor, signs, picture frames, string lights, desk accessories, and many other decorative items. Male students do not quite go that full in and often just want a comfortable bed, maybe a poster or two and perhaps a rug. It is quite humorous after each drop-off, whether it is for summer or fall, to see my friend’s postings on Facebook and Instagram and see the obvious difference between a completed dorm room. This may be a sticker price shock moment. According to the National Retail Federation, back to college spending averaged $976.78 in 2019. This is big business with college checklists resembling the […]

Need Advice? Get Some Advising

A Guide to Getting an Advising Appointment Making an advising appointment at UGA is so easy and simple… As a new student, whether a freshman or a transfer, you will go to orientation and be given an appointed time to meet with your advisor for the first time. This is where you set up your classes for your first semester at UGA and gain insight on credits, hours, and become familiar with the classes you need to take to achieve your goals. This will get you situated for your first semester at UGA, whether that is for the fall or spring semester. Once your schedule is set, you may find that you still need to meet with an advisor. This link will take you exactly to where you need to go to make one of those appointments. Some advisors only advise during office hours which can be found out via email or […]

Meal Plans

To Buy or Not to Buy One of the biggest worries parents have when sending their child off to college, is how will they eat? Let’s face it, we have been buying, prepping, and cooking for our “babies” since they were actually babies! Here’s where meal plans come in. Yes, some of our kids have learned to cook and prepare their own meals, but some parents know that their children would starve if they had to cook for themselves. So, these days the worry is taken away with great options for meals. When I was a student, the options were slim for on-campus eating, and I remember ordering lots of pizza and making fast food runs. But today, there are five residential dining locations offering tons of choices and over 20 other popular eateries. Surviving on pizza is no longer a worry when students can enjoy sushi, gourmet coffees, and custom salads […]

Retail Therapy

A Little Retail Shopping Helps! I know, I know, your child is in Athens to attend college, but there is always something that he or she will need particularly at the start of the semester. It’s a good idea to order some things online and then have them ready to pick up when you need them. Lots of retail stores do this now, and will even bring your items out to your car for you. Target, Walmart, and Bed, Bath & Beyond can be extremely time-saving with these services. I’m going to break down the “where to shop” problem by suggesting places and areas near/around the University of Georgia or the bet retail therapy. Downtown – With over 65 specialty retailers, this is where you will find fun boutiques and retailers selling all things UGA, vintage, and specialty. There are a couple of chain retailers like Urban Outfitters and American Threads, but […]

Orientation and How to Manage

A Guide to Orientation Your child has been accepted to the University of Georgia! Congrats! The first thing you need to do is to sign up for Orientation. Your student is required to attend a two-day session, and parents have the option to attend if desired. The earlier sessions, the better. These days will be filled with taking notes, filling out paperwork, and getting yourselves familiar with all things UGA. Orientation can be an overwhelming event because lots of information is being thrown at you in a short amount of time. So, remember to breathe. Don’t panic about remembering every important phone number, code, and piece of advice that the school gives you as I did. It will all be on their website if you need them. I did make notes and highlighted things that I specifically wanted to go over with my child in detail (like healthcare, tutoring, safety…) It’s also […]

Rushing Her Way

Rushing Sororities Have Advantages For parents of incoming freshmen, you have probably already heard your daughter mention sorority recruitment. I know girls start looking up, researching, and asking about different sororities and the pluses and minuses of joining this type of group, early as senior year in high school. And yes, it can all be overwhelming, and expensive. So, I am going to give you the low-down of all thing’s sorority rush. If you are unfamiliar, words like pin, chapter, semi-, big, grand-big, Panhellenic, bid day, and legacies, then don’t worry. You will soon learn all about them. Joining a sorority at a large university like UGA can have many benefits. And they usually outweigh any negative misconceptions that you may have heard. Rushing is Recruitment These days, most schools refer to the process of “rushing” girls to get to know them as Recruitment. This is the formal process girls go through […]

Rush His Way – everything you need to know!

The Fraternity Rush Truth There’s certainly no shortage of stigmas related to fraternity life at big universities. The 1978 classic “Animal House” and the newer, 2014 comedy, “Neighbors” have created reputations of fraternities having nothing but partying on their minds. And yes, while all Greek organizations make sure their experiences are “epic”, there are a lot of positives to be aware of when thinking about joining a fraternity at UGA. HaveUHeard that UGA has 26 fraternities? That’s a lot, considering each also has its own house. So, here’s the real deal: there is a lot of partying, but there is also a lot of emphasis on sports, maintaining a GPA, philanthropic work, and keeping good relations with the sororities on campus. I’m going to try to ease your mind a bit about fraternity life. Rush For parents of incoming freshmen, you have probably already heard about the fraternity rush. You may also […]

Safety Matters

Their Safety is Really All That Matters Your child’s safety is of utmost importance, followed by “are they eating?” I know, as a parent, that you can make yourself crazy with worry, so I am going to try to ease your mind. I don’t think that I am a helicopter mom (at least I hope not), but as we send them off to an independent life, we want to know that our kids are safe at all times. Once the tears have stopped (ours, of course), it becomes easier each time you realize they’re growing autonomy and happiness. Knowing they are safe is a forever thing. Therefore, it may be helpful to know that UGA has a few very supportive resources available. The University of Georgia Police Department and the UGA Office of Emergency Preparedness has developed a mobile phone safety app to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. LiveSafe is a free […]

So, your student wants to be a Dawg?

Of course, they do Dawg! UGA is an amazing university located in a college town with a beautiful campus. The traditions and opportunities that UGA offers, makes it a very competitive school in the South. So how does your son or daughter become a Dawg? The Truth Only about 40% of applicants are offered admission. At UGA, the only minimum score requirements in place are the ones required by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for admission to its research universities. UGA tells you flat out that your high school grades are the most important factor in your admission status. UGA recalculates each applicant’s GPA depending on the academic core classes taken, whether or not the classes were AP or IB, but does not add weight to Honors classes. The level of rigor in high school courses is evaluated as well. For example, if your student took an […]

Sports Fun at UGA

UGA has Great Sports Teams UGA students get into most sporting events for free! Student IDs must be shown to get into baseball, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, track and field, soccer, and volleyball games. For schedules and events related to sports. Football HaveUHeard that the University of Georgia has some of the best football games in college sports? Being a part of the SEC (Southeastern Conference), Georgia plays top schools providing a fantastic atmosphere. With over 90,000 fans in attendance for most games, Georgia football is not just a sport, but a lifestyle. Students must apply for their football tickets but beware; because of UGA’s popularity, if a student does not use their ticket, they are subject to not receiving tickets in the future. If you know that you cannot use a particular ticket, then you need to donate it back to the University. Home games are usually $10-$15 per ticket for […]

The Best Apps for Students 

UGA and College Studying Apps Remember when you were in college and everything you needed was easily accessible via apps on your phone? No? Well, me too. Our kids, however, do live in this world and there are apps that provide everything from food delivery to tutoring services, not to mention how to create a budget or even the perfect bibliography. Below is a list of the ones I thought most useful. Please forgive me for its length, but there is truly an app for EVERYTHING. How could I narrow it down? UGA Necessary UGA Mobile App: This app is a Must-Have for all UGA students. It is a hub for access to Athena, eLC, bus schedules, UGAMail, parking information, emergency care, and so much more. This app is pretty much the center for all things UGA and has easy navigation to make it easy for everyone to figure out. Wepa Print: […]

They’ve Been Accepted to UGA

Congratulations on Becoming a Dawg! You made it! I mean, they made it, but it sure feels like we, as parents did a lot of work to get our kids to college. Becoming a Georgia Bulldog is very exciting, and now that decisions are over, and they’ve been accepted, there is still important work to be done. First, it may sound silly, but check your admissions letter for accuracy regarding their name, entrance term, residency status, address, and major. If any changes need to be made, it needs to be done as soon as possible. Download the Welcome to UGA app and locate the MyID that was sent to your student upon acceptance. Make sure they know their password, as a UGA email was created for them too. If you need help you can click here. You will also need to complete any forms that UGA requires and pay a non-refundable $300 […]

Tutoring

Tutoring Can Be The Key If you are a new student at the University of Georgia, then you already know the challenges that classes and professors at a competitive school can pose. You’ve probably learned to balance your academics with your civic and social life, but actually living the college life can sometimes cause you to fall behind, or need extra help to stay on track. Tutoring is the answer. Time-management issues may arise along with the new rigors of harder classes, so if this happens, you’ll need to know where to go for help. Parents, if your student mentions that they are having difficulty, there are many resources that you can recommend. The first thing that students should do is to speak with their professor, teaching assistant or both. Take advantage of those office hours as they can be vital to that professor/student relationship. It is always advised to meet your […]

Get Involved!

Be a Part of the Action, Join the Fun, Get Involved! If you have officially become a Dawg, then you already know the amount of work you will be putting in to have a successful UGA career. That being said, we at HaveUHeard feel that being involved in some way is equally as important. UGA is big, and finding a way to make it not feel so overwhelming is important. Some students will choose the Greek life path by rushing a sorority or fraternity, but others will find that getting involved in the many other opportunities on campus is more their style. Let’s not forget that some kids entering college are still teenagers. They will want to find their “tribe” and sometimes that can take a while. Joining a community where they feel like they belong can make the college transition easier. This is also the time to experiment with groups and […]

Best Places to Study That You Need to Know About

Shhhhh, Here Is a Great Study Spot! You are at UGA and need to study, right? The University of Georgia is such a cool campus because it is in the heart of Athens, and this awesome location provides on and off-campus places for students to study and get work done. Listed below are both indoor and outdoor study spots that UGA students rave about and swear by. On-Campus: Indoors Business Learning Center: This Learning Center is heavily popular for business students because it is located in the heart of Terry and has all the resources for any business class available to it. I would definitely recommend coming here to study for any tests that are for Terry because you will be surrounded by information that can help you and students from your classes. Main Library: The main library is awesome for research and quiet studying. It is located on North Campus and […]

Advice I’d Give To My Freshman Self

Advice Every Freshman Should Know A little advice goes a long way. Being a freshman in college is a new experience unlike any other you have ever known. For starters, you have been thrown into a dorm room that is probably no bigger than 15 feet by 15 feet and sharing every little crevice with either a friend or stranger. You are also more than likely trying to figure out what to eat in the dining hall, how the UGA bus system works, and also where you are going to fit in at this huge university. As overwhelming a33s a campus of almost 40,000 students can be, it is easier than expected to find your place, your people, and your passion here. The advice I believe every freshman should be aware of before stepping foot on campus is as follows: Go to any and every event that interests you. Attending one event […]

Off-Campus Living and Our Fav’s

Economical to Extravagant Living Athens is a major college town, and with that said, there are tons of living options that are close to campus. Whether you want an apartment, a house, or a townhome, Athens has it, and you have the opportunity to rent it. Below are just some of the options of great living spaces in Athens. Each complex is located in a different place, with different amenities, and different policies. Before renting and living it up, make sure you read our Top 10 Apartment Tips. We’ve included links to many of the parent companies in the event you need to contact the corporate office. 755 Broad: These are luxury apartments but only offer 1- and 2-bedroom options with custom furnishing or unfurnished options available. It has Jacuzzis, a fitness center, 24/7 security, and many more major amenities!! 755 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601. 909 Broad: This complex has […]

Sorting Out College Life, Laundry and Beyond

Your Laundry Guide Here is how to wash, dry and never losing your favorite pair of socks! Campus laundry is a luxury all students have when living in the dorms at UGA’s campus, it is free to use but you must provide and bring your own detergent, fabric softener, etc. Most dorms have 1-2 laundry rooms and have no limit on how many loads you can do at a time. Unfortunately, there is no app or service available to students to see when washers and dryers become available, so most of the time it is a guessing game and takes multiple attempts to get an open one. But fear not, once you have gotten settled in your dorm, it will be very easy to learn the times when they are free and when they are packed. For off-campus, most apartments, townhomes, and houses will either provide you with a washer and dryer […]

Beauty & The Beast

Look Your Beauty Best! Going to college can be stressful; you have to plan out dorm rooms, classes, life, and what most people neglect to think about is self-care. Students totally forget to ask around about nail salons, hair salons, massage places, etc. and without good guidance, that trip could easily turn into a total disaster – the Beauty and the Beast. Below is a list of good, reputable, safe, and clean salons in the Athens area to meet the self-care needs of your students as they come about. Most of these places offer student discounts upon presenting your UGA ID, so make sure you have it with you. Barbershops: Brown’s Barber Shop: Men’s haircuts Bulldog Barbers: Men’s haircuts Mr. Haircut: Men’s haircuts Tito’s Barbershop: Trimming, fading, shaving, eyebrow, and facial services catering to men, women, and kids. University Cuts: Family owned salon servicing everyone. Hair Salons/Blow Dry Bars: Arbor Salon and […]

Fun Electives to Take to Round Out Your Schedule

When You Need Electives Did you plan for some electives? Sometimes students’ schedules are just so jam-packed that an easy and fun elective is the perfect way to round out a schedule. Electives can serve many purposes: fulfill an individual’s major requirement, supplement more rigorous courses to complete a minor, fill a schedule, or simply to have fun. All of these electives have been recommended directly from current UGA students based on either their light workload, their ease, or their fascinating information. Whether you take these classes or completely avoid them, it is always greatly recommended for you to use RateMyProfessor or Koofers when making your schedule. Both of these websites have reviews for professors and classes from actual students in regards to the overall rating of the professor, course load, difficulty, class description, etc. So, I would recommend using those websites at all times to ensure having the professors that best […]

Places of Worship

Continuing Worship Traditions Moving to college for most people means that they are no longer able to go to the church they’ve always gone to with their parents, families, and friends. Finding a new place of worship is hard, and this list will provide new students with places to get involved with people who are like-minded and share similar beliefs. Athens has many places of worship that fit the needs of most religions and worship aspects, so finding your place is so easy among the many options. On-Campus Worship Adventist Christian Fellowship: A Seventh-Day Adventist group but open to those who do not go to UGA or follow this belief. Alpha Omega Campus Ministry: A campus ministry devoted to living for Christ. ASEZ: This organization works directly with the World Mission Society Church of God supporting community service projects (such as blood drives, food banks, and clean world movements) and community outreach […]

Lost and Found

Oh No…It Happened! It’s Lost. We have all had the misfortune of losing something really important. Look on the student UGA Facebook page and you will see posts for lost keys, wallets, cell phones, ID’s and so forth. And, while clearly my kids are not the only ones who lose valuables, or had them stolen, it does happen. HaveUHeard recommends getting your student The Tile, a small lost and found device that you attach to the things you don’t want to lose, be it a computer, bike, keys, luggage, wallets- even pets (attach to their collar). If your student has lost something, here are the lost and found locations on campus. Each building has their own separate lost and found, so if you did lose something in a building not listed above, I would go to your classroom and check for it, your professor and ask if they have seen the item(s), […]

Staying Fit While in College

Keeping Freshman 15 Off Keeping fit counts. It helps mentally as well as physically. The phrase “Freshman 15”  has its own claim to fame — actually infamy — because it does happen all too often. It may not be 15. It can just be 5 or 10 extra pounds gained that first year of college, which might or might not be added to the next year. I gained at least 15 pounds during my first semester at college. It was definitely not my finest moment. I went from living at home with set meal times and no abundance of snacks to living in Athens among all its temptations. Who could resist the lure of late-night socializing and delivery of every (mostly fast) food imaginable? On-campus fitness centers rival that of any expensive gym.  But even now, with the amazing fitness centers available to today’s students, many students do gain weight for the same […]

What Not to Bring to College

No, you don’t need to bring that! Although you might think to bring every little thing in your room now is essential for your college dorm, chances are, it’s not and you won’t really have enough room for it. It is very easy to fill up a dorm room and, living in an over-decorated, overcrowded, and overdone dorm room will quickly become a nightmare for you and your roommate(s). Whether you are best friends with your roommate(s) or not, it is essential that you talk to them before you move in about what you want in your dorm room, who is buying what, and where it will go. All UGA dorm room dimensions are available to review. Not talking to your roommate(s) before moving in will usually mean that you have multiples of each item, too many items, or not enough. unfortunately, UGA prohibits students from bringing specific items into their dorm […]

Health Insurance for College Students

Know More About Insurance Options Students at many colleges today must have a health insurance plan that meets their university’s minimum requirement. UGA offers both a Voluntary and Mandatory plan for students to choose from if they do not have health insurance before coming to college. The Mandatory Plan is administered through United Healthcare and is required for all undergrad and grad international students, Doctor of Pharmacy students, Grad students receiving qualified graduate assistantship or fellowships and those receiving qualified training grants. If they have other acceptable health insurance coverage, they have to request a waiver. Per the UGA Health Codes, undergraduate students are recommended to have health insurance while it is required for all international and some graduate students. This would fall under the Voluntary Plan. The plan is underwritten by United Healthcare. If a student were to purchase annual coverage, the monthly amount is approximately $223. To participate, students must […]

Mother-Daughter Time

There’s Nothing Like Mother-Daughter Time Looking forward to mother-daughter time? It is my favorite thing ever when my mom comes to Athens, we are extremely close, and phone calls just don’t seem to ever satisfy like hugs and in-person conversations. We get to talk and hang out and it just recharges my battery in the best way. My mom coming to town usually means a meal, a Target run, and some other sort of activity if we have time. She always lets me pick where we go to eat and we have made a game of not trying to go to the same place twice. Since Athens has over 150 different restaurants, this is super easy to stick to, and we rarely have a bad meal.  Check out our It’s Dinner Time in Athens blog for some great restaurant recommendations. A trip to Target or Walmart is usually on our to-do list […]

More Veggies Please – Vegetarian/Vegan Dining

You Really Do Want To Eat More Veggies! The UGA dining halls love veggies and do a fabulous job of catering to all dietary restrictions by providing a vegetarian/vegan line in every single dining hall on campus. These have rotating dishes, for each meal of the day. They have daily vegan options and daily vegetarian options. The main goal of the dining halls is to make sure each student with a meal plan has dietary options. UGA prides itself on the fact that 35% of all dining hall options are meatless. There are also options for parents to provide recipes from home to the dining halls, and those will be incorporated into the dining hall rotations on specific dates. Athens Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurants: Donderos’ – This is a cafe and bakery that has both gluten-free and vegan menus upon request. The Grit – This is a meat-free diner in Athens that caters […]

Brunch is Breakfast plus Lunch plus Fun

“Brunch is breakfast without an alarm.” — Unknown Athens prides itself on its amazing music scene, Saturdays in Sanford Stadium, and the outstanding food options. If you want brunch, Athens can provide you with tons of options that range from Southern soul food to gluten-free to the sweetest bakery items you have ever had. Here are some of the best and most popular brunch places in Athens! Big City Bread Cafe: Their menu consists of tons of egg options, an abundant a la carte menu, and fancier plates such as quiche and salmon gravlax. They also have locally roasted coffee always on the menu as well as an amazing case of homemade pastries offered daily. Dondero’s: Their brunch menu is packed with amazing sandwiches, grit boats, breakfast plates, and a la carte items. They also have an abundance of coffees and pastries to choose from daily. Heirloom Cafe: They have tons of […]

Wakey Wakey – Eggs and Bakey Breakfast Anytime

Here are our wakey favorites! Like any college town where many residents carry a yearly fun pass, there are literally hundreds of dining options from fast food to fast-casual, from family-style to fine dining. The more time my daughter spends up there, the more places to eat we have discovered. You will find a restaurant for every palate and every price point. So wakey-wakey get ready for breakfast! Depending on whether you are touring with a prospective student or visiting your student in Athens, who will undoubtedly be clamoring for a good meal, the options are plentiful. Some things to consider beforehand are price and time. It is not unusual for there to be a considerable wait, even with a reservation, on a game weekend or graduation, at some of the more popular ‘wakey’ selections. Athens Bagel Company – This downtown bagel place is amazing and is super convenient to campus. They […]

Is a Grade A Really An A – Pluses and Minuses Count!

Your Grade Pluses and Minuses Do Count! You have gotten into the University of Georgia because of how impressive your high school years were, how hard you worked, and how good your grades were. Believe me when I tell you that the high expectations from UGA do not stop the moment you see acceptance fireworks. They continue until graduation fireworks and beyond. With that said, I regret to inform you that a grade A sometimes does not mean grade A… chances are, you are coming from a high school where an 89.5 and up could even mean an A on your transcript; but I am here to tell you unfortunately, that will not cut it for an A in Athens. UGA is on the plus-minus grading scale and the system goes as follows: A (4.0) A- (3.7) B+ (3.3) B (3.0) B- (2.7) C+ (2.3) C (2.0) C- (1.7) D (1.0) F […]

Sorority Girl – The Inside Scoop

It’s More Than Parties, Sorority Life. Choosing to participate in recruitment and having the opportunity to join a sorority at the University of Georgia was one of the best decisions I have made since becoming a Dawg. My sorority gave me an instant community and 350 friends right off the bat, and that really helped UGA feel even more like home to me. Going through the recruitment process, you learn that each sorority has different values, rules, activities, events, and standards, and these differences are what make it easy for everyone to find which one truly feels the most like “home”. Recruitment for Fall of 2020 opens on April 1st and will last through August 1st. The link to get more information about recruitment and to register is located right here! All 19 sororities under UGA Panhellenic participate in Fall Recruitment at UGA, whereas only certain ones participate in Spring Recruitment. If […]

Eating Healthy as a College Student

Healthy Eating, Not an Easy Feat! Eating healthy in college is a conscious decision you must make every meal and is totally doable if you set your mind to it. The tons of healthy options in dining halls, as well as restaurants geared at producing healthy food, make it so easy to live your best and healthiest life while in Athens. All of the restaurants below are fairly priced and the juice and smoothie options are no more expensive than a daily cup of coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin’. Believe me when I tell you, eating healthy and on a budget is possible. Chicken Salad Chick – This restaurant is only located about 10 minutes off of campus and is simply amazing. They offer tons of different chicken salad flavors that can be eaten with veggies, crackers, or on bread. It also stays fresh for about 5 days, so it is a perfect […]

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