Campus Life

The Orientation Express

All aboard!  The Orientation Express is leaving the station. For some of you, it may have already left. Freshman orientation is a college’s way of welcoming you (and your tuition dollars) with open arms. It’s a carefully planned and executed event designed to acquaint you with a much deeper understanding of the school, its resources, ...

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Higher Ed Amenities

What is an “amenity”? Let’s formally define that term: Google tells us that it’s “a desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place,” or “the pleasantness of a place or a person.” For the purposes of our discussion today, let’s combine and specify those definitions in terms of my post’s title: “A ...

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Does Your Child Meet Your “Text-pectations”?

Question: My son goes to college 1,000 miles from home. I try not to bother him excessively but it still annoys me and even hurts me that he doesn’t answer at least half my texts although I know that he is very busy (and happy). I’ve talked to some parents who say that this is ...

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Tour de Campus

July is always a great month for sports watching. Since I was once a competitive tennis player, the Wimbledon Championships always hold my interest across that special fortnight. The other, much bigger scale, European event is the Tour de France, which covers three weeks, across some insanely gorgeous and punishing roads. As I write this, ...

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Summertime College Visits

I get a lot of email from all kinds of people who are eager to inform me about their ideas, products, services, or articles related to college. This is both informative and inspiring for me, since I get to see what’s happening out there in the greater realm of all things college. One of the ...

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Sneak Peek at Greek Life

If you just graduated from high school and you’re heading to college, you will no doubt encounter the world of fraternities and sororities when you land on campus later this summer. In light of that, here are some questions you may wish to ponder: – Have you thought about whether or not you are Greek ...

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Trod The Safe Sod

For us parents, sending our sons and daughters away to college to live independently for the first time can be stressful. Youthful idealism can cloud the objectivity of some teens quite easily. While some high schoolers may have been away from home for short summer excursions such as various camps or missions, taking up residence ...

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Can I Room with My Best High School Friend in College?

Question: My best friend and I have been accepted at three of the same colleges so far. If we both go to the same place, can we be roommates? “The Dean” is actually going to answer TWO questions here. The first is the one you asked and the second is, “Do you really WANT to ...

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College Isn’t Always Animal House

There have been a disturbing number of campus deaths noted in the news. The majority of these deaths have been related to excessive drinking. One of the main venues where the deaths occur is fraternities and occasionally sororities. Greek life can be perilous. When a parent considers what lies ahead for their son or daughter, ...

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Can I Stay in My College Dorm Room During Vacations?

Question: If I go to college more than 1,000 miles from home and I can’t afford to go home for vacations (or I don’t want to), can I stay in my dorm room? Policies vary greatly from college to college. Commonly, dorms will remain open during all of the shorter breaks (Fall break, Thanksgiving break, ...

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