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We’ve been getting a lot of questions on our Facebook page like this one:
You have a good idea about what it takes to apply to college–the research, the ACT or SAT, the campus visits, the interview, the essay, and so much more. You’ve already even discovered your perfect college match.
Now what you’re wondering is what college will actually be like when you get there. What’s it like actually living on campus, going to classes, and college parties? Is college life really like what it’s like in the movies?
We’ve taken a balanced sampling of different kinds of movies based in and around college life and rated them on how truthful they are when it comes to a real students’ college experiences.
Closeness to actual college life ratings will be ranked 1-10, 1 being not close at all, 10 being on the money.
The Social Network
The Social Network’s protagonist, or Mark Zuckerberg, went to Harvard–one of the most elite colleges in the nation let alone world. That already brings its likeness to real college life down since most college students in the world do not find themselves at one of the most prestigious institutions in the world surrounded by friends making $300,000 over summer break betting on oil futures.
The tagline for David Fincher’s chronicle of how Facebook was founded is, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Lucky for you, you will make new friends in college, just not 500 million, and hopefully not a set of athletic twins who want to sue you.
Closeness to actual college life rating: 3
Elle Woods is the sorority princess of her Southern California university. The Greek life enthusiasm is not too far fetched–you will come across college campuses with a very Greek-oriented student body; however, you won’t necessarily come across a sorority house as beautiful and equipped as the one Elle lives in. Exercise machines, expensive furniture, ginormous singles.
It’s also kinda difficult to decide last minute to go to law school and get into Harvard Law–difficult, yes. But not impossible.
Closeness to actual college life rating: 4
Have you ever dreamed of playing Notre Dame football so badly that you quit your job at the steel mill, took on a part-time job on the grounds-keeping staff, got tutored by a friend in exchange for helping him get a date, and eventually fully transferring to Notre Dame, overcoming all odds and playing on the football team?
Yes? Then this movie is probably exactly what your college experience is like.
No? Then, uh, Rudy is probably a far-fetched realization of college life.
Closeness to actual college life rating: 3
Take the Legally Blonde sorority house, subtract all the niceties, add a lot of horrible smells, holes in walls, and way too many housing code infractions, and you’ll get the Delta Tau Chi house in Animal House.
Yes, you will find the occasional toga party on a college campus, but the likeliness that not only the president of your rival house has a vendetta against you but the dean of your college does too is slim to none…hopefully.
Closeness to actual college life rating: 4
So maybe you didn’t get into your dream college. It happens. But when that happened did you decide to just, ya know, make your own college? Did your innocent scheme take a shady turn when hundreds of other rejected students enrolled in your college leading to a big legal brouhaha but ultimately gaining the elusive approval of your highly respected father?
I didn’t think so…
Closeness to actual college life rating: 2
What’s did you/do you expect college to be like? Share you thoughts! Leave a comment below.
Freshman year of college is big transition year. You’re basically taking off from where you spent most of your life and pioneering to a strange wilderness with new people and a new culture.
It’s also just a really great and exciting time, so we have some tips to help keep you from making the five worst mistakes a freshman can make in college:
1. Making all your decisions based on your group
When you first get to college, making friends is kind of like that pick-up football game in the beginning of Little Giants–as you meet people from orientation, your dorm, classes, the cafeteria, you continually add them to your posse until what started off as just you and your roommate morph into one unicellular amoeba. Soon, you’re not making decisions based on what you want to do or what’s best for you, but what the group decides upon. This type of decision making is the worst kind. You wind up compromising on what you really want. So yes, make friends. But, don’t let big group decision-making keep you from doing things, like, joining a club, or meeting up with friends outside your group, or even studying for class.
2. Managing your free time poorly
Acquiring free time is a power that goes to some college freshmen heads. They take the power for granted, use it unwisely; completely waste it watching reruns of Law & Order from noon till nightfall. Managing your free time is key to having a successful college career. Don’t let the free time power go to your head. The force free time is with you. Use it wisely.
3. Trying to save money by not buying textbooks
There once was girl of college age who took her studies seriously but found herself stressed out about money. Instead of deciding to skip out on things like custom-made Halloween costumes, fine dining or miscellaneous and unnecessary cute kitchen utensils, she decided that it was her books that needed to go.
“Why spend $100 on a physics book if I don’t even think physics is a great as that leather bomber jacket in the window,” she rationalized.
Perhaps she was right. After all, that leather jacket was pretty great. So, our heroine looked super stylish, the week before her huge, 70% of her total grade physics final, but, she was unfashionably late getting to the library and the last of the textbooks on the shelves were checked out.
A sad, sad story. Very preventable. If you’re short on cash, cut back elsewhere, not on your education.
4. Looking for help in the wrong places
As a college student, you’re bound to get confused or frustrated with schoolwork. That’s totally normal. The mistake that freshmen make with this issue is that they wind up looking for help in the wrong places. Like say, the Internet. Trust us, the Internet is great for things like college search and scholarship matching, but if you’re having trouble with homework or a concept from class, the best resource you have is your professor or teacher’s assistant or other classmates or the library or tutoring center or the student resource center or basically anything your school can offer! It might take a little extra effort to work around your professor’s office hours, but in the end, it will save you time.
5. Going back home too frequently
Is your mom’s meatloaf really that good? Not to offend your mom, but I’m sure you can find something comparable on your college campus. Visiting home can be relaxing and familiar, but the more you’re away from campus, the less relaxing and familiar campus will get for you. College life might be weird and uncomfortable at first, and Pete who lives across the hall from you might in fact really be pirate like you thought, but if you take too much time away from campus it will never become home. And you might miss Pete’s parrot say your name aloud.
Did we catch them all? What mistakes should college freshman be aware of? Leave a comment!
Thinking about bringing some furry friends with you to college? Or were you thinking you had to leave the only true friend you’ve ever had with your parents?
Turns out, you can bring Sparky with you and still wake up in the morning with the morning paper delivered at your slippers–do college kids read newspapers?
Certain schools have dorms and programs with great pet amenities. Here are the top 10 pet friendly colleges from US News and World Report:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has 4, count ‘em, 4 cat-friendly residence halls.
2. Stephens College
Stephens College is like the college student’s pet mecca. Searcy Hall allows students to keep all kinds of pets there and even offers a pet day care.
3. Washington and Jefferson College
This is exactly what Washington and Jefferson would’ve wanted, a dorm that permits cats, dogs that weigh less than 40 pounds, small birds, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, turtles, and fish. That’s the American dream.
4. University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame allows students to house non-carnivorous, freshwater fish in aquariums, as long as the tank does not exceed 30 gallons. Your roommate will be glad he’s not sharing a room with a fish that might eat him.
5. Sweet Briar College
Seabiscuit can come with you to Sweet Briar College, as long as you’re in their special equestrian program. But that’d kinda be like bringing your space shuttle to college if you’re not studying to be an astronaut. Doesn’t make sense! Right?
6. Stetson University
There’s an entire dorm at Stetson that allows animals including, hamsters, small dogs and cats. There is even a dog park for dogs to find friends. You’ll be socializing at college, your dog should, too!
7. Principia College
If you can fit it in an enclosed space-cage or tank-you can bring it along with you to Principia.
8. Lehigh University
Fish tanks are allowed at Lehigh. That’s that.
9. Eckerd College
Dogs are a huge part of Eckerd culture. At one of their commencement ceremonies, a girl walked across the stage with her dog. Or maybe, the dog got a degree, too.
10. Case Western Reserve University
Case Western University approves of small, caged animals, such as bunnies or hamsters. Students in Greek life can even apply for a house “mascot,” such as a cat or dog, to live in fraternity and sorority homes.
What are the pet rules like at your college? Is having a pet friendly dorm important to you? Comment and share!
How many hours do college students need?
Raise your hand if you think 8 hours.
Raise your hand if you think 7 hours.
Raise your hand if you think 6 hours.
Using our advanced hand-raising-censor-technology, we calculated that most of you think we need between 6 and 8 hours.
The truth of it is, however, that it varies with the individual. And since you know yourself better than anybody else, it’s a fairly simple thing to gage. Can you function on less than 8 hours? No? Then you need 8 hours of sleep. Do you feel mighty fine and dandy after only 4 hours of sleep? Well, then you’re a superhuman.
As long as you can reach those deep phases of REM and NREM sleep, you’re good. According to CampusGrotto, researchers have shown evidence that brain waves during the latter part of the sleep period promote the capacity to store fact-based memories. This could mean we not only need sleep to remember what we’ve learned, but we need it to learn in the first place.
So, what about those other factors?
Who doesn’t love naps? And guess what? They’re actually pretty good for you to help recharge and improve overall alertness, mood and productivity. So if you’re tired and you have a lot more to finish studying for your final exam, take a 20 minute nap if you have time to recharge.
For the lucky few who have this problem, oversleeping can actually make you more sleepy throughout the entire day. If you tend to fall asleep at 11pm and walk up at noon, an alarm clock might be your best friend.
A frat house isn’t the best place to get some quality, Zzzz’s. Even just white noise throughout the night can keep you from REM sleep. In cases like this, try ear buds!
Nighttime Computer Use
Surfing the web before going to bed is not the best idea. Research has shown that bright screens before bed make it more difficult to fall asleep. Plus, we all know we’re our own worst enemy when it comes to going online for what you plan is 5 minutes and staying on for 2 hours.
How much sleep to do you get? Comment and share!
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