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The College Experience

Way back at the end of 2008, I wrote some articles about what I loved and didn’t like about my college experience. Of course, the inspiration for these memories came from my college “daze” (as I like to refer to my college “days”), which transpired just a few years before the Big Bang. In case you ...

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Does College Binge Drinking = Happiness?

I started a thread on the College Confidential discussion forum about the purpose of college. Is that purpose education or employment credentials? That contention has inspired some spirited opinions. However, there may be a stealth third option for the purpose of college: fun, and by extension, happiness. Have you ever seen the movie Animal House? ...

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Does My Prof Have Feelings for Me?

Question: I am a male attending college and I think that one of my female professors has feelings for me. She has asked me to keep in touch with her when the semester is over and has sent other signs that she is interested. However, she has also showed signs that she is not. For ...

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Are You Special?

For all you newly minted high school graduates and your parents out there, how was the keynote address at your graduation ceremony? Regardless, I’ll bet it didn’t have any wisdom like this: You are not special.  You are not exceptional. Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite ...

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Social Isolation

I do a lot of driving. One of my endearing habits is studying the faces of those heading in the opposite direction and those beside and behind me at intersections. Over the past couple years or so, I’ve noticed what I consider to be a disturbing trend. You have probably seen this phrase in the ...

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Expectations for College

What do really expect to get from a college education? In dealing with many high school seniors going through the college admissions process, I have found that many of them have unrealistic expectations. By that, I mean that they have this idealized vision of how wonderful life is going to be once they get that ...

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How do I drop out of college to visit my sick father?

Question: I want to drop out from college because I have to go back to my country and see my sick father. How can I write my dean a letter? And should I get a letter from my sick father addressed to my dean? How can I convince my school so I can officially drop ...

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College Students’ New Year’s Resolutions

Long ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to stop making New Year’s resolutions. You know the drill. Resolution: “Starting January 1, I will change my careless eating habits, get off the couch, and maintain a healthy diet while getting regular exercise, in order to lose 25 pounds.” Sound familiar? Then reality sets in. By ...

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Public Service Announcements vs. Drinking

I think we’re all pretty much aware that binge drinking in college (and even high school) is a major concern for parents and school administrators. Unfortunately, it seems as though almost every school year, we read of a senseless death or two related to drinking. Scenes of Animal House Delta fraternity’s pledge activities and general ...

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Will Your College Be Safe?

We can all recall those terrifying images of Virginia Tech, where so many students and faculty were senselessly murdered in cold blood. There have been other similar campus slayings over the years. But, thankfully, those high-profile situations are the exception. The real issues concerning college campus safety involve individual encounters, such as assaults, robberies, random ...

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