5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Before Attending Harvard University

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When it comes to elite universities known the world over, Harvard University certainly ranks near the top. The private Ivy League school, which was established in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636, is highly selective with just a 5.3% undergraduate acceptance rate. Look back into the school’s history, and you’ll discover great influence and wealth. A seemingly endless list of notable alumni includes everyone from John F. Kennedy to Bill Gates. Politicians, royals, businessmen, civil rights leaders they’ve all graduated with the crimson prestige. And their endowment? It’s just as staggering as you would think; $37.6 billion was reported in 2015. These...

Campus Food Quality and General Student Health at Duke University

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Upwards of 6,400 undergraduates attend Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; that’s not an outrageous number as far as private institutions go, but it’s still more than a few mouths for the school’s chefs, dieticians and student employees to feed. Administrators have been careful not to base their campus dining halls and menus off of head counts alone, though. They recognize that a college as celebrated and highly applied to as Duke attracts academic talent from all over the globe a diverse group of pupils is essential to the college experience after all. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to mealtime for the Blue Devils, from nutritional needs...

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending California State University, Long Beach

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When applying to colleges, it is often hard to get an authentic feel for the school before you have to make that crucial decision to attend. There is only so much one can discern from those generic college tours and even during orientation weekends. However, part of the college experience is that steep learning curve; living away from home for the first time is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. While California State University, Long Beach was definitely not my first choice school when applying, my time there far surpassed my initial expectations. Here are five things I wish I knew before attending California State University, Long Beach. The friends you...

5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Before Attending California State University, Long Beach

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There are some things they don’t tell you at student orientation on your first day of college. I’m glad I finally picked up on these in the end, but knowing them from the beginning would have been better. From parking spots to cool class selections, California State University, Long Beach is full of surprises. 1.) Library Request System. I didn’t realize how cool our library was until I started using it for my upper level classes. Not only was it stocked full with helpful resources, I could request books and movies from any California State school. I basically had access to over 20 libraries at any given time. This saved me so much money! It was a...

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending University of Connecticut

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As a Film Studies Music & Technology Double Major and Biology Minor, I definitely got a lot out of my University of Connecticut experience. Here are five things I wish I knew as a prospective student: 1.) The student body is exceptionally white. And rich, And attractive, And from “Right Outside Boston”. You’ll notice during orientation that the actual student body is less diverse than the tour guide ensemble or student panel you met while visiting Conn. Indeed, Conn has a diversity deficiency. An overwhelming majority of Conn students are white and well off, which I think makes Conn’s social and political atmosphere feel imbalanced. Also, the...

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending Columbus State Community College

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I’ve lived in Columbus, Ohio for over 15 years. There are many things that I like about this city, one of the main things being the education system. Columbus Ohio has some of the best colleges in the nation, and they work very closely and if or when you choose to transfer from one to another, most or all of your credits will transfer. And while CSCC is not nearly as big and prestigious as OSU, it is still a great college. I graduated from Columbus State Community College back in 2005 and while there are many things that I liked about the college, there are still some things that I wish I knew before attending. 1.) Martial Arts Training: Columbus State...

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending University of Colorado, Boulder

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1.) Where you live as a freshman makes a big difference. Kittredge the dorm where I ended up living is the farthest from the center of campus. Make sure you check out the layout of the campus before requesting your dorm location! When I moved in I thought, “Oh, it’s not that big of a deal, it’s just a 20 minute walk to my English class.” Wrong! University of Colorado, Boulder's campus is huge. On top of that there is the weather. Do not underestimate the weather. In Colorado, regardless of the season, it could be 70 degrees and sunny or 3 degrees with large snowdrifts up against your door. If you make the "somewhat crazy" decision to take an 8 a.m....

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending Colby College

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Colby College is a four year liberal arts college located in Waterville, Maine. The students are an intelligent, but rowdy bunch. Here are some things that I wish I knew before attending. 1.) Learn to Love Winter Colby is covered in a thick blanket of snow for the majority of the year, and it is difficult to get used to 4:00 pm sunsets. If you don’t know how to ski, you better be ready to learn. Harsh weather does not stop students from enjoying the outdoors. Colby is only an hour and a half from Sugarloaf, the biggest ski area on the east coast. Sugarloaf offers a college pass at a discounted rate for students. Be sure to sign up early to take advantage...

5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Before Attending Cleary University

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Cleary University has two campuses; on in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the second in Howell, Michigan. They have a lot to offer students who want to focus on business related fields, like myself. While I stayed at Cleary for my BBA, there are a few things I wish I had known before choosing to attend. 1.) The system they have in place for taking classes is both appealing and disappointing. Classes are generally taken in specific order and if you deviate from the plan it can be difficult to get back on track. They do this so that you are with the same group of students through out your time at Cleary. Often you will work with the same people over and over on different...

5 Things I Wish I Knew About Before Attending Chapman University

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I attended Chapman University strictly because it offered evening courses so I could continue to work during the day. None of the other well known colleges in Orange County that offered a teaching credential program offered evening courses. I knew it would be more expensive but I didn’t pay much attention to the cost since I knew after I started teaching that I would be able to pay it off. Little did I know how difficult it would be to get a teaching job after I graduated. Here is a list of things I wish I knew about Chapman University before I chose to attend. 1.) Tuition is expensive because it’s a private university. I knew I would be paying more when...