College Life

Roommate Regrets Yet?

As I write this blog week after week, I can’t help but think about my college days (yeah, you could use the word “daze” there, too). I often think of my old roommate, Greg, and wonder whatever happened to him. I think I found him on the Web, but haven’t summoned enough motivation to try ...

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Getting to Know Your Roommate

Living in the same room (or small group of rooms) with someone (or with others) whom you’ve never met can be exciting or challenging. Many of you current or about-to-be first-year college students are about to find this to be true. Obviously, the process of getting to know your roommate (singular, for the purposes of ...

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I Want Out! Can I Transfer in the Middle of Freshman Year?

Question: I just started my freshman year of college and I already I think I’ve made the wrong  choice. This university is quite selective but it feels too large and too conservative. Can I transfer as early as this coming January? This is yet another time when “The Dean” must respond with an unsatisfying “It ...

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Forget Me Not!

Some quick additional thoughts about the darker side of packing for college: forgetting stuff! Speaking of “forgetting,” did you know that some studies have shown that just walking through a doorway can make you forget? No, really. That could explain a lot, at least in my life. In Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget, ...

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My Annual Packing-for-College Roundup

Yes, boys and girls, Moms and Dads, it’s that time again. Get ready to pack for college! I hear both shrieks of joy and groans out there. The joy comes from collegians; the groans from parents. Granted, some college students don’t want to return to campus. The thought of academic pressure or returning to a ...

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Honors 101: What to Expect from a College Honors Program

Today’s article was submitted by Heather Hamilton. For many students, there are a number of unknowns during the transitional phase from high school to college, and the types of classes you will face can be a source of curiosity for many incoming college students. College honors programs are one option you may encounter, and they ...

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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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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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How to Prepare for Your First College Course

Today’s article was submitted by Heather Hamilton. After months of college application preparation and an eventual acceptance, many students finally have the time to think about preparing for their first college course. Like other transitions in life, this one comes with a host of advice and urban legend, leaving students to wonder what, exactly, the ...

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Can I Bring My Dog With Me to College?

Question: Can I bring my dog with me when I go to college in a year? The vast majority of colleges and universities do not allow pets in campus housing, and students who assume that Fido (who never barks, of course 😉 ) can fly under the radar, are usually quickly busted. In fact, it ...

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