Campus Life

Visiting Campus … Newspapers

There’s lots of excitement on the horizon over the coming months. College admission decisions will be issued. Along with those “fat envelope” (or should we call them “fat email”) verdicts comes another big decision: where to enroll. Even those of you who have already been accepted via Early Action have until May 1 to make ...

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Prediction Tracking

It’s only the third week of the New Year and already I’m seeing signs that reflect on the second prediction in my post, Three Predictions for 2016. That particular prognostication is: 2. Political correctness on campus will reach the breaking point. Eventually, enough will become enough. I predict that at some point this coming year, ...

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Exclusive Inclusivity

‘Tis the season … Christmas is just a few days away and most, if not all,  college students are home for the holidays. It’s a welcome break after a semester full of hard work, play, and (for freshmen) new experiences. It’s also been a divisive start to the school year. As I’ve discussed in previous ...

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PC Counterpoints

The realities of global terrorism, which have affected Europe and the United States recently, have knocked the once-raging stories about bellicose college students’ outrage and associated demands off the top of the news. In case you’re unfamiliar with the substance of those demands, you can brief yourself here, in my recent post called, appropriately, “The ...

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“The Demands”

Unless you’ve been vacationing on Mars the past several weeks, you no doubt have heard about the demands college students have been making on their respective administrations and fellow students. With all the hoopla about the higher-profile schools, perhaps you have not seen or heard of the demands of students at schools relatively ignored by ...

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Is Your Dorm “Luxurious”?

When I went to college (Oh, no, not another wretched reminiscence !), we had one payphone located halfway between opposite ends of the dorm floor. The “common” room was a basement space with no windows that had a smallish TV bolted to the upper part of a wall. There were maybe a dozen or so ...

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Your New Collegiate Universe

If you’re about to leave for college or are already there as a first-year student, your experiential life is about to change … big time … especially if you’re going to school reasonably far from home. There’s no owner’s manual for first-time college students. Yes, maybe you have an older brother or sister who has ...

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Substance-Free College Housing

If you’re involved in the college process right now or know someone who is a college student who lives on campus, you have probably heard of so-called “substance-free” housing (SFH). What is that and why does it exist? For starters, think about the stereotypes of college life. What’s one of the most common images that ...

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Tour de Campus

I’ve been following the Tour de France the past couple of weeks and have been reminded of the seemingly odd connection between that great sporting event and a critical component of the college process — college visits and their associated tours. Thus, “Tour de Campus.” The modern version of the Tour de France comprises 21 ...

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A Summer College Visit Resource

Although fall is probably the best time to visit colleges that are on your list for potential applications, summer is a good time too. Fall offers the advantage of having the student body present, which is one way to get the “vibe” of a college’s atmosphere. Summer, however, has its advantages. First of all, you ...

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