College Coursework

Go Ahead: Sleep In!

For all you high schoolers (and even you college students), here’s a question: How late would you like to sleep in on school days? If you answered, “Later than I do now!” you’re probably right, but for the wrong reason. More on that later. Do you feel sluggish when you land in your classroom seat ...

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Your Non-Endless Summer

School’s out for the summer and summer is here. You may be thinking of summer as a long haul from now to when school starts again, but summer isn’t endless; it’s quite short, actually. If you’re a rising senior, this summer shouldn’t be anywhere near endless for you. Your summer should already be underway and ...

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Get Your Mind Right for College

The summer between high school and college can be an emotional time for both students and parents. After 17 to 18 years of living at home, under parental scrutiny, college-bound teens suddenly encounter the reality of “escaping the nest” (with all the associated (usually) positive and negative circumstances). For some, it may be like Columbus’ ...

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The No-College Option

I almost didn’t go to college. I guess I was like many high schoolers who don’t know what they want to do with their lives. I did have a small interest in computers, though (this was back when computers filled large warehouses, ran on vacuum tubes, and generated more heat than Global Warming), so, early ...

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Attending Your College Classes

In remembering my first term at Penn State University (back around the time that the “ancient astronaut” space aliens were helping early Britons build Stonehenge), I recall my Monday morning 8 o’clock Speech Communications class. I lived 45 miles from University Park and had to commute for classes three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and ...

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Professorial Humor

How many of you high school seniors are working on your college applications this Thanksgiving holiday break? It’s a real grind, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you really rather be at Best Buy getting mugged while trying to grab that last Wii doorbuster? Life can be grim, even on a holiday. Well, I thought that today, I ...

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Higher-Weight Education

Hey, high school seniors, how’s your physical conditioning? Are you active in sports or do you keep yourself in shape with your own exercise regimen? “Why is this important?” you may be asking. Well, it looks as though at least one college has made it mandatory that its students be in shape (at least BMI/weight-wise) ...

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Basic Skills for College

So you think you’re ready for college, eh? I remember how I fancied myself a good writer when I was in high school. Then, in my college freshman English class, I got the first D of my life on a paper I wrote about Billy Budd. I wanted to jump overboard just before walking the ...

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Wackiest College Courses

As a parent who, with my wife, saw (and paid for) two kids’ college educations, I can certainly appreciate the financial struggles families have faced and are facing, especially these days, coming up with education funding. That’s why I was both amused and irritated by this news story that appeared nationally yesterday: Oddball 101: The ...

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Go The Distance

I recall when I was a late-stage junior at Penn State University, my motivation for college started to flag. So, I went to my all-time best counselor on all things–my Dad– for his opinion about sticking with the program. He was sympathetic to my point of view because, as he mentioned, he had encountered similar ...

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