Campus Life

College Mythology 101

The annual cycle of college admissions just keeps on turning. Here we are again on the cusp of yet another November 1 Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) deadline. The gears keep on grinding, year after year. The desire to seek higher education is something that is either born into or instilled into young ...

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College Drinking: One Theory

Party schools. That’s a big concern for many parents. Although there certainly are enough problems with drinking in high school these days, the majority of young people don’t really confront the full force (and hangovers) of serious drinking until they get to college. Speaking of party schools, you might be wondering which schools lead the ...

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Lugging Your Stuff Around School

We’ve explored moving to college, but what about walking around on campus … or even high school? Going from class to class or to the library or dining hall can require a lot of accessories to support your collegiate and high school lifestyle. How do you plan on handling that? I was inspired to write ...

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College Food Rankings

I often wonder if any high school seniors apply to certain colleges because of the great food those schools serve. Conversely, I also ponder whether or not anyone chooses not to apply to a college because the food is reported to be substandard. That’s an an interesting selection criterion. It may also be related to ...

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For-Profit College Marketing

All you rising high school seniors have no doubt been considering your college application options over the summer. Ever since you took the PSAT, you’ve probably been bombarded with email and slick glossy brochures from colleges vying for your attention (and application fees). Ah, the wonderful world of marketing. If you ever watched the multi-award-winning ...

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Pokemon Go on Campus

Just for fun … The past week or so has been interesting, reading about the latest national craze: Pokemon Go. Have you heard about it? If not, here’s an explanation: Pokémon Go (stylized as Pokémon GO) is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company as part ...

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Cars on Campus

For most of you who won’t be residing at home during your college education, living away from Mom and Dad should be a study in independence. Having a car with you on campus can enhance that independence — for better or worse — dramatically. The “better” parts of a campus car are flexibility and adventure. ...

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College Move-Out Day

Over the years here, we’ve discussed moving to college and how to decorate dorm rooms. What we haven’t addressed, if my memory of almost 800 Admit This! posts serves, is moving from college. So, let’s talk about that today. The major arc of college life seems to be that we take way more stuff than ...

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Practical Campus Transportation

A good friend of mine and his wife took their son to college late last summer. One of the first things they did when arriving on campus was to buy him a bicycle, since he was without one. At age 16 in high school, he had quickly evolved from his old, small BMX unit and ...

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One Price of Protest

This has been a period of upheaval on college campuses around America. Over the past year, it seemed as though every week we were reading about student groups making seemingly outrageous demands to college administrators. The administrators, in response, acquiesced to varying degrees, sometimes even resigning their positions in hopes of quelling student unrest. I ...

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