Campus Life

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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Dining Hall Dilemma

Parents, if you think your college student is eating all his or her meals in the college dining hall, you’re sadly mistaken. You may recall some of my ravings here about those very special nights when I was in college (yes, that was back well before all the planets in our solar system were formed)

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Homebounders

How many parents out there have a son or daughter graduating from college next spring? How many of you have a son or daughter who graduated this past spring? I’d like to get your comments regarding your child’s post-graduation prospects. I started a thread on the College Confidential discussion forum that focuses on a new

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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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Be A Frugal Freshman

College costs more than just tuition, room, and board. I’m always amused every summer by the threads that appear on the College Confidential discussion forum about “What to buy for college?” Usually, it’s mothers looking out for their sons and daughters. My favorite threads are the ones about sheets. “Should we buy king-size sheets?” “What

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Revenge of the Profs

Do you know about Rate My Professors dot com? If you don’t, you may want to spend a little time doing some research there. Of course, this information may be most valuable for those of you recent high school graduates who are heading to college this fall. Let’s say that you have enrolled at Penn

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Graduates: Look Who’s Talking

For my older readers out there, can you remember who spoke at your high school and/or college graduation? No way can I recall my high school commencement speaker. I could look it up in my yearbook supplement, I suppose, but I’m too lazy. I didn’t attend my college graduation because I was already working my

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Using College Resources

College is more than just going to class and partying. There is an entire network of resources there that can expand you current interests and passions, as well as introduce you to new ones. That’s what we’ll discuss today: How to get the most out of your college experience and discover its rewards. For those

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A College Mindset

If you are a college-bound high school senior, you’ve no doubt made your decision about where to go this fall. Among your considerations for “getting your mind right” about being a college student should be how to take advantage of the various resources and circumstances that college will offer you. Over the many years since

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Those Glorious Ivy-Covered Campuses

A considerable portion of the cost of running a college or university comes from making the grounds and buildings look beautiful. You can imagine how much the landscaping alone can cost. There’s all that grassy acreage to keep cut and tons of trees, shrubs, and flowers to maintain, not to mention fresh paint on buildings

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