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Choosing a College

I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, choosing a college is a really big deal. The choice has so many consequences. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter at all: Most people will be happy at whatever college they choose and, if they try, they’ll get a perfectly fine education wherever they go.

06BRUNI-articleLargeBut here is a great primer on the subject by Frank Bruni of the New York Times. Prospective college students should take his advice to heart, especially his closing: “College can shrink your universe, or college can expand it. I recommend the latter.” He’s right: choose a college that will expand your universe. Whatever else it’s all about, that’s the most important thing.

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Tips for Surviving Freshman Year of College

Over the last few years, I've discovered that the single most frequently read post on this blog (FAR outnumbering any other post or topic) is this item from June of 2008 that contained advice for college freshmen, offered a couple years earlier by Ben Jones, an assistant director of admissions at MIT, to the incoming class of 2010 there.  I think the post was picked up by sites like StumbleUpon, because it gets dozens of hits a day.

Recently, I received an email from a woman who came across that post in the course of doing some research for a piece she was editing, which she wanted to call to readers' attention.  It offers tips for surviving freshman year of college. You can find it here.  It's commonplace fare, not as interesting or fresh as the advice from Ben Jones.  But I offer it to you for what it's worth.  Cheers. And good luck.