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Harry Potter and the Cathedral of Learning

Posted on Monday, November 15th, 2010 under Campus Correspondents, On Campus, Student Life

Harry Potter’s Hogwarts is vast, majestic, a little gloomy, and most importantly: magical! In other words, it’s one of a kind … or is it?

A student from the University of Pittsburgh begs to differ:

“The lighting is slightly dimmed due to carefully placed lighting fixtures strewn about the room and the surrounding stone architecture. Add in the low-lit hallways bordering the Commons with their Gothic arches that are simply breathtaking … you’ve got it: Hogwarts,” said Juliana Zipay.

Read more of her description of the Cathedral of Learning, a match so close to Hogwarts that you’d assume you need to take a train from Platform 9¾ to get there.

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5 Best College Pranks of All Time

Posted on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 under Humor, On Campus, Student Life

The best college pranks are far more memorable than any lecture will ever be. And at colleges, there’s no shortage of prank traditions, especially involving seniors preparing to graduate.

A look at the best college pranks in history proves that students can be quite the creative bunch when it comes to funny, original and eye-catching pranks.

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What Do You Avoid in Your College Cafeteria?

Posted on Friday, September 17th, 2010 under Humor, On Campus, Student Life

Now that you’ve gotten a literal taste of what college is like, we want to know the answer to one important question:

What is the one thing that you will no way, no how eat in your college cafeteria?

Whether it has made you sick or simply made you renounce your college meal plan, we want to hear about it.

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Is Wearing Pajamas to Class a Faux Pas?

Posted on Monday, August 16th, 2010 under On Campus, Student Life

Whether they’re tucked into Ugg boots, underneath winter jackets or paired with a tank top, pajama pants are a staple of college attire. But should it be?

Personally, it’s one of my biggest pet peeves.

But hey, that’s just me. Many students seem to think that wearing pajamas to class is not a faux pas at all. Here are the pros and cons of donning your nightie to Biology 101.

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8 Things to Do the First Week of College

Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010 under Moving, On Campus, Orientation

The first week of college is right around the corner. It also happens to be the time during which you get acquainted with your surroundings, begin classes, and make a lot of first impressions. Pretty busy, huh?

Starting college can be quite a shock to your system — you will finally come head to head with all your expectations and trepidations!

Here’s a list of 8 things to do when you start college that will help keep you afloat and make the transition from high school into college a little smoother.

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Cars on Campus: To Bring or to Leave Behind?

Posted on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 under Moving, On Campus

Cars on campus can be both convenient and a pain in the you-know-what.

Which of the two it happens to be for you depends on a lot of things — where your college is located, what the college rules on cars are, and how much money you can afford to spend taking care of it.

Find out the general policy schools have about cars on campus, as well as some tips for those who decide that bringing a car to school is a good idea.

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College Resources Available for Students

Posted on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 under On Campus, Student Life

The more aware you are of the resources available to students in your college, the more likely you are to take advantage of them and get the most out of your college experience.

Taking advantage of the resources available to you is not only a great way to get involved in your college community, but also a great way to save money, get medical attention, and get help with any studies you might be having trouble with.

Want to know how? Here’s a list of college resources with which you should be familiar.

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How To Use Career Counseling for Students

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 under Internships, Jobs, On Campus

You’ve probably walked by your college or university’s career counseling offices many times since you started school. But have you ever actually taken the time to step inside? Probably not -– I know I never did!

Let’s be honest: most college kids are too busy trying to keep up with school and maintain a social life to worry about their post-college career, especially during the first three years of school when post-grad life seems like its eons away.

But it’s never too early to take advantage of your school’s career counseling services. Check out these five fantastic ways that career counseling can help you.

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Pet Friendly Colleges: Key to A-cat-demics?

Posted on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 under Choosing a College, On Campus, Student Housing

Ever wish that there existed pet friendly colleges that welcomed not only you, but your four-legged best friend as well? Well they’re out there, and the number continues to grow!

The transition of moving from your parents’ house to a college dorm is often a tough one for students. Having your pet with you, a constant reminder of home and security, is the perfect stepping stone to being on your own. Some colleges make that possible!

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Perks (and Pitfalls!) of Coed College Dorms

Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 under Applying to College, On Campus

Would you rather live in a single-sex or coed college dorm? Though most colleges offer both options, coed college dorms are (for what may seem like obvious reasons!) the popular choice for on-campus housing.

Though that may seem like the better option, you may not have thought carefully about everything that living with the opposite sex entails. Before making your decision, take a look at the pros and cons of living in a coed dorm.

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5 Tips To Relieve College Student Stress

Posted on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 under On Campus, Student Life

College student stress is an inevitable part of campus life. Between studying for final exams, writing papers and giving presentations (and sometimes working a job on the side), you’re bound to feel stressed out every once in a while.

But don’t panic. While having stress in your life is pretty much unavoidable, being stressed is something you can control.

Follow these tips when the pressure gets to be too much and you need to unwind.

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Alternative College Thanksgiving Break

Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 under Holidays, On Campus, Student Life

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Are you stuck in the dorms over college Thanksgiving break and wondering how to spend it?

Though traditionally Thanksgiving is a holiday spent with family, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun, festive and delicious celebration on your college campus!

Why stay cooped up in your room all alone? Make the best of your college Thanksgiving break with these four creative ideas.

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8 Tips to Avoid the Freshman 15

Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 under On Campus, Student Life

The Freshman 15 — the 15 pounds students supposedly gain in their first year of college — has long been discussed among prospective college students. Stories have circulated for decades: even your parents might have talked about it when they were in college!

Luckily, you can easily prevent gaining the fabled Freshman 15 by remembering these 8 ways to stay healthy and happy in college.

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Decorating Dorm Rooms on a Student Budget

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2009 under On Campus, Student Housing

Decorating dorm rooms with personal touches is a fun way to make your new space away from home feel like your own. Follow these 10 budget-friendly tips to give your dorm room personal flair without breaking the bank.

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Creative College Budget Cuts Save Schools Dollars

Posted on Monday, June 29th, 2009 under Current Events, On Campus

Colleges across the country are finding creative ways to cut their budgets. By chopping a little here and there, colleges may be able to avoid other, larger cuts that dramatically affect academics and student life.

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