College Life

“Temperamental” Colleges

Some of you have already been accepted to a college, either through the commitment of Early Decision (ED) or the more flexible, option-laden Early Action (EA). Granted, you no doubt (or at least should have) done careful research about the type of school in which you showed sincere interest. Maybe your show of interest was ...

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2016 Update: Part 5

Our review of 2016 highlights wraps up with September and October. November and December are too recent to be updated, so I’ll leave that task to you during the first quarter of the New Year. So, here we go … – From September: Who Needs U.S. News? Excerpts recap: The College Confidential discussion forum explodes this time every ...

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College Mythology 101

The annual cycle of college admissions just keeps on turning. Here we are again on the cusp of yet another November 1 Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) deadline. The gears keep on grinding, year after year. The desire to seek higher education is something that is either born into or instilled into young ...

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5 Benefits of Scheduling Leisure Reading into Your Busy College Schedule

Today’s article was submitted by David White. With the onset of the fall semester, you’re probably settling into a new dorm, figuring out where all your new classes are to be held, and starting to gather the requisite textbooks and other materials you’ll need for the semester. Although you might be dreading having to read ...

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4 Reasons to Explore the Arts During Your College Experience 

Today’s article was submitted by Erica Cirino. Life as a college student is a constant balancing act of juggling academics, extracurricular activities, social and family obligations, as well as personal health and well-being. There’s also a lot of inner and outer pressure on college students to push right through their schoolwork with intense focus so ...

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Are Fraternities Really Like “Animal House”?

- Question for all you guys who are newly minted freshmen this year: Should you join a fraternity? – A more refined question: Do you need to belong to a fraternity in order to have an enjoyable social life on campus? I received a large number of sometimes impassioned answers to those questions in a ...

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Fighting The Freshman 15

We have discussed the best college food here in past posts. Surprisingly (maybe not surprisingly), some high schoolers rank a college’s food quality near or at the top of their selection criteria. That mystifies me, but I have listened to high school students try to justify allowing food to be such a strong influence in ...

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5 Important Communications Skills Students Must Master

Today’s article was submitted by Erica Cirino. While attending lectures, completing mountains of coursework, and studying diligently for hours each day isn’t easy, the payoff is great: a college degree, plus many marketable skills students can apply in grad school or in their professional careers. Much of what students learn in college includes communication skills—speaking, ...

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The Importance of Making a Study Plan

Today’s article was submitted by David White. Whether you’re a new or returning student, there’s no avoiding the stress of starting a new semester. In addition to getting all of the beginning of the year requirements in order, you’re also trying to socialize and, hopefully, begin to think about what type of work you’ll be ...

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College Likes & Dislikes: Add-Ons

In a pair of my earliest posts here, back in 2008, I noted things I loved and disliked about college. To recap, here are excerpts of what I said eight years ago: Seven Things I Loved About College 1. The thrill of independence. It has its pluses and minuses, but it’s a rush, nonetheless. No ...

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