Campus Life

A “Taste” of College Before You Go

Do you think about food much? It’s hard not to think about food while watching TV, especially around dinnertime. Did you ever notice how those pizza commercials and juicy hamburger ads seem to conveniently appear right around the evening news and, most temptingly, later in the evening? The Madison Avenue ad wo/men (or “Mad Men,” ...

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Terrible Textbook Tariffs

When you think about the cost of going to college, major categories come to mind. You consider the cost of tuition, room and board, meal plans, possible car expenses, parking permits, clothing, maybe even fraternity or sorority dues. However, one of the areas that often escapes budgeting is textbooks. Think about what possible major you ...

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Plan Spring Break Early

I know, I know. It’s only the middle of January and most of us here in the USA are in the depths of winter, some much more than others. However, if you’re planning a spring break adventure, whether you’re in college or high school, it’s time to think ahead about what you’ll be doing. Spring ...

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Can My High School Brother Be My College Roommate?

Question: I’m going to be entering college in the fall of 2018 and I already know that your roommate can be your brother if you like, however, I would like to know if it would still be possible for us the share a room if my brother is still in his second year of (online) ...

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Thinking about Fraternities or Sororities?

Here’s some late-breaking news you may have missed: Florida State suspends fraternities, sororities in wake of pledge’s death. Here’s what happened, in part, according to the Washington Post: All fraternities and sororities at Florida State University have been suspended indefinitely, the school’s president announced Monday. The interim suspension was effective immediately, according to a news release on the ...

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Roommate Regrets Yet?

As I write this blog week after week, I can’t help but think about my college days (yeah, you could use the word “daze” there, too). I often think of my old roommate, Greg, and wonder whatever happened to him. I think I found him on the Web, but haven’t summoned enough motivation to try ...

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Can a Freshman Room with a Sophomore BFF from Home?

Question: My best friend just started college, and I’m still a senior in high school. I am very interested in attending her college next year. Can we be roommates if she’s a sophomore and I’m a freshman? Yet again it’s time for The Dean’s least favorite (but perhaps most frequent) answer … “It depends.” You ...

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Getting to Know Your Roommate

Living in the same room (or small group of rooms) with someone (or with others) whom you’ve never met can be exciting or challenging. Many of you current or about-to-be first-year college students are about to find this to be true. Obviously, the process of getting to know your roommate (singular, for the purposes of ...

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The Orientation Express

All aboard!  The Orientation Express is leaving the station. For some of you, it may have already left. Freshman orientation is a college’s way of welcoming you (and your tuition dollars) with open arms. It’s a carefully planned and executed event designed to acquaint you with a much deeper understanding of the school, its resources, ...

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Higher Ed Amenities

What is an “amenity”? Let’s formally define that term: Google tells us that it’s “a desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place,” or “the pleasantness of a place or a person.” For the purposes of our discussion today, let’s combine and specify those definitions in terms of my post’s title: “A ...

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