Headed to College? Read This!
As we all start to anticipate the beginning of the school year, we can’t forget about college students! This fall, millions of high school grads will embark on their exciting journey into the “real world.” The college experience greatly differs from student to student; some go to tiny liberal arts school, while others go to big universities, some live on campus and other commute, some may get along with their roommates while others don’t. For everyone, though, college is a time to make new friends, discover their passions, and learn more about themselves.
Something for Everyone
To help students find that perfect school, the Princeton Review issues a “Best Colleges” guide every year. The list covers plenty of important subjects, like “best professors,” “best classroom experience,” “best financial aid,” and of course, “best campus food.” It also delves into some less-conventional categories, especially those pertaining to college happenings and student diversity.
- Most liberal (Reed College) and most conservative (University of Dallas)
- Happiest students (Vanderbilt University)
- Most politically active students (Columbia University)
- Most LGBT+ friendly (Bryn Mawr College)
- Biggest party school (Tulane University)
- Most sober school (Brigham Young University)
- Most “reefer madness” (University of Vermont)
Staying Safe on Campus
Regardless of where students end up, it’s important that they keep safety in mind during this exciting time. Even though every experience is unique, some safety tips stay the same across all campuses:
- Never walk alone at night. Even in the college, the buddy system is still important! Have a friend or classmate walk with you to your destination, or see if a campus security officer is available to escort you.
- Know your way around campus, and find the emergency systems.
- If you are over 21 and chose to drink, be smart. Keep an eye on your drink at all times, and never accept drinks from strangers. Never drink to the point of blacking out, because people could take advantage of you when you’re severely inebriated.
- Carry pepper spray, or take a self-defense course
- Never share the keys or keycard to your dorm or apartment with anyone, and always lock all doors and windows
- Report any suspicious behavior or people to campus security or the police
What college tips would you want to share with a new student?
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