Dorms

What’s the Poop on College Dorm Bathrooms?

Question: How bad is sharing bathrooms in the dorms? For starters, it depends on whom you’re sharing with .. Neatnik Nellie or Sloppy Sadie? Then there’s your own comfort level … can you handle a few unidentified hairs or errant squirts of Pepsodent in the sink or will that send you retching toward a toilet ...

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Mixed-Gender Dorm Rooms

Back when I went to college (while the newly formed Earth was still cooling), the female residences were not only separate buildings, but they were also located in what seemed like the adjacent county. Mapquest or GPS would have been a big help for us to have found our way there for visits or on ...

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Broken Holiday Breaks

Here’s a fun topic for high school seniors and their parents: 2010’s (that’s next year’s) Christmas/holiday break strategies. Fun? Maybe not. The issue is how to bring newly free first-year college students back into the parental nest for a relatively extended period of time without driving Mom and Dad into therapy. Those all-night college dorm ...

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Co-Ed Bathroom Blues

I wonder how many high school seniors and their parents know about co-ed dormitory bathrooms. Do you know about them? In case you don’t know the scoop, here’s the deal:

Bloggers As Defoggers

One of my most often cited pieces of college research advice is “Ask a current student.” Another is “You gotta trod the sod,” which means “You have to visit the colleges to which you’re applying.” Now, thanks to the Internet, my first mantra has gotten a lot easier to realize. In an interesting article on ...

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I Forgot to Pack My . . .

Most new college students pack way too many things when they prepare for that first year away on campus. The problem is that they many times forget to take some important items that will come in far more handy than those galoshes that Mom secretly slipped into your bag. A helpful site, College and Finance, ...

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Cornell Student Dead from Swine Flu

As a parent of two former college students, I can certainly identify with the concerns of today’s parents about the so-called Swine Flu (H1N1 Flu). Due to the close proximity of students in dorms, with many shared facilities, the transmission of flu viruses, even in “normal” times can be a real hazard. Now, however, with ...

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Colleges Face Swine Flu

Now that students are back on campus, bringing in with them a wealth of germs from all over the world, the Swine Flu reports have started to roll in. First up: Emory University: Emory moves students with swine flu into one dorm Emory University has moved about 50 students with swine flu into a separate ...

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The End of Western Civilization

Forget about The Bomb.  Forget about AIDS.  Forget about terrorists, the economic collapse, and all the other headline-making threats we face today.  PC will eventually topple Western civilization.  PC—as in Political Correctness. I’ve said this for many years now, and everyone just laughs at me.  Well, lots of people laugh at me for many reasons, ...

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Effects of Crowed Dorm Room on Freshmen?

Question: Have there been any studies conducted that suggest the optimal living situation for freshman students (single, double, triple, quad …)? My daughter just entered her freshman year at a small liberal arts college and the room–clearly designed for two–is housing three students. All students in the honors dorm are similarly housed, and I question ...

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