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Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, ...

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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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5 Benefits of Scheduling Leisure Reading into Your Busy College Schedule

Today’s article was submitted by David White. With the onset of the fall semester, you’re probably settling into a new dorm, figuring out where all your new classes are to be held, and starting to gather the requisite textbooks and other materials you’ll need for the semester. Although you might be dreading having to read ...

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4 Reasons to Explore the Arts During Your College Experience 

Today’s article was submitted by Erica Cirino. Life as a college student is a constant balancing act of juggling academics, extracurricular activities, social and family obligations, as well as personal health and well-being. There’s also a lot of inner and outer pressure on college students to push right through their schoolwork with intense focus so ...

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Are Fraternities Really Like “Animal House”?

– Question for all you guys who are newly minted freshmen this year: Should you join a fraternity? – A more refined question: Do you need to belong to a fraternity in order to have an enjoyable social life on campus? I received a large number of sometimes impassioned answers to those questions in a ...

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Fighting The Freshman 15

We have discussed the best college food here in past posts. Surprisingly (maybe not surprisingly), some high schoolers rank a college’s food quality near or at the top of their selection criteria. That mystifies me, but I have listened to high school students try to justify allowing food to be such a strong influence in ...

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5 Important Communications Skills Students Must Master

Today’s article was submitted by Erica Cirino. While attending lectures, completing mountains of coursework, and studying diligently for hours each day isn’t easy, the payoff is great: a college degree, plus many marketable skills students can apply in grad school or in their professional careers. Much of what students learn in college includes communication skills—speaking, ...

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The Importance of Making a Study Plan

Today’s article was submitted by David White. Whether you’re a new or returning student, there’s no avoiding the stress of starting a new semester. In addition to getting all of the beginning of the year requirements in order, you’re also trying to socialize and, hopefully, begin to think about what type of work you’ll be ...

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College Likes & Dislikes: Add-Ons

In a pair of my earliest posts here, back in 2008, I noted things I loved and disliked about college. To recap, here are excerpts of what I said eight years ago: Seven Things I Loved About College 1. The thrill of independence. It has its pluses and minuses, but it’s a rush, nonetheless. No ...

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University of Chicago vs. PC

If you’re a politically correct (PC)-minded high school senior or junior doing a search for candidate colleges, you may want to take a look at how some schools are reacting to matters of political correctness. Take the University of Chicago, for example. Yesterday, August 24, the campus newspaper, The Chicago Maroon (whose name lends itself ...

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