First Year

College: Day One Emotions

Parents, is this your son’s or daughter’s first year of college? If so, what kinds of reactions have you gotten from them about their new lives, especially their classes? Those first few days (or even weeks) can be a real culture shock for many college first-year students. Of course, this topic wouldn’t be complete without ...

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Zoology Programs in Texas?

Question: I am currently a junior in high school. I was wondering if there are any colleges in Texas that have a class in Zoology. I am really interested in a career in where I get to study animals, especially in their habitats. Thank you, this would really mean a lot and I’d have a ...

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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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Don’t Let College Move-In Day Bug You

Ah, my memories of moving our kids into their dorms on their first freshman day at college. I think the one thing that I remember most is sweat. Late summer here in the Northeast is notoriously hot and humid. And, as luck would have it, both our daughter and son’s first-year dorm rooms were on ...

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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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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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Fighting The Freshman 15 (or 20, Even)

I’ve posted a few times here about what to pack for college. Those of you who will be headed out to the higher education hinterlands next fall need to include one seldom mentioned but absolutely critical item: a bathroom scale. Don’t laugh. Take it from a guy whose weight chart looks like a ride on ...

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