January 7, 2002 |
Do not take 8 a.m. classes. Do not try to study in your room - unless you can work well with loud music and beer. Do not expect professors to nag you about papers and tests. Do not let your laundry pile up or your room will really stink. And please, please, do not take a shower with your significant other in the dormitory. It's really awkward for others who need to use the shared bathroom. That candid advice was offered by 10 members of Cherry Hill High School West's Class of 2001 who returned for the school's annual college forum to share the realities of life as college freshmen.
January 13, 2008 |
Maggie McDermott, a foreign service worker whose postings took her around the globe, always wanted a bachelor's degree. So when the Doylestown woman retired, she enrolled in Pennsylvania State University's program for students aged 60 and older, in Abington. "There was a little apprehension, just being older and suddenly being in a class with 18- and 19-year-olds," she said. McDermott not only fit in. She excelled. On Dec. 20 during ceremonies at the Abington campus, she graduated with distinction, earning a bachelor's degree in the social sciences.
July 8, 1987 |
It was freshman orientation day at La Salle University yesterday. And half of the more than 100 participants were parents. Parents? By all means parents, says La Salle. Even though Joe and Anne Koch of Haddon Township have one son in college, they each took a day off work - he as a middle school principal and she as a bookkeeeper - to learn more about the Olney Avenue campus their 18-year-old daughter, Briget, will be calling home in the fall. "This is excellent, really good," Joe Koch said during a break in the daylong program.
May 13, 2013 |
Lower Merion High School graduate Jeffrie "Yofray" Ray and friend Arya Toufanian posted their first YouTube video under the I'm Shmacked label in September 2011. With a stated goal of offering a window into modern college life, the 31/2-minute clip followed Temple University students as they walked around campus, guzzled beer and liquor, and went to a hip-hop show. It has since racked up more than 225,000 views, and I'm Shmacked has morphed into a full-time business for Ray and Toufanian.
February 27, 2015
IT'S AN INTERESTING proposal. Last week, The Diamondback - the University of Maryland student newspaper of which I am proud alum - broke a story that the Big Ten Conference was going to discuss making football and men's basketball players spend a year in college before they would be eligible to compete. Certainly, a lot of ground must be covered between discussing a "Year of Readiness" proposal to something concrete actually happening, but I would ask, "Why not?" I understand the concerns, and if I were a men's basketball or football coach in the Big Ten, I'd be just like Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo in saying, "I'm not sure I'd do that.
February 5, 2015 |
Cherry Hill West senior Sarah McGlinn likes being in the middle of the action on the soccer field. She wanted the same for her college life. "It's the city, there's always something going on," McGlinn said of her decision to sign Wednesday with Temple University on a soccer scholarship. McGlinn committed to the school in 2014 but made her official visit to the North Broad Street campus last weekend. The trip only cemented her belief that she wanted to continue her athletic and academic career at Temple.
November 16, 1995 |
In the end, it was about college life for Tim Duncan. The NBA was in his face, enticing him with an eight-figure salary, the fame that comes with being a 7-foot athlete with the three-letter insignia on his chest, and a chance to be the first draft pick in one of sports' most prestigious venues. But Duncan wasn't tempted. "People will have many explanations for why I didn't leave," he said, "but the truth is I wasn't ready to. I love it here. " And Wake Forest loves him for staying there, for realizing that money can't buy happiness.
December 18, 1990 |
OK, quick vocabulary quiz. Define the following: Male-bonding event. (What you call a party when no girls show up.) William Shakespeare. (The Elvis of literature.) College freshman. (A student naive enough to believe the purpose of going to college is to get an education.) These, anyway, are the definitions according to "The Unofficial College Dictionary" (Meadowbrook Press, $4.95), a humorous guide to college life intended to make college freshmen just a little less naive.
March 5, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, "Jackson," and I have been in a long-distance relationship for two years. We recently learned that we both have been accepted to our "dream" college, which means we'll live close to each other for the first time. I miss Jackson when we're apart, but I enjoy having the freedom to study, hang out with friends and have "me time" while still being in a happy relationship. From what I have heard, college life is fun, but busy. I love Jackson and want to be with him, but I also want to make new friends and focus on schoolwork.
September 16, 1991 |
Pizza and philosophy at midnight. Cheese fries and chitchat at 2 a.m. Psychology and popcorn for breakfast. That's college life, where sleep is cheap, calories abound and freshman math is as easy as counting to 15 - the Freshman 15. Those nasty 10 to 15 pounds that students tend to gain in the first few months of college have become as much a part of higher education as reading lists and blue-book exams. The Freshman 15 has been the topic of academic studies, nutritionists' newsletters and just plain talk among the college crowd.