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Being a Voice: My College Experience at Stanford University

Never did I ever imagine that I would be able to experience the daily life of a Stanford student. After applying and getting the scholarship for the (JSA) Junior State of America summer program, I was definitely enthralled and ready to tackle rigor in the form of a college course and a debate workshop. When people hear a top-notch University, they see students binge-studying on the grass, at the library, or in their dorms throughout


Men Are Invited to Speak At Top U.S. Universities More Frequently Than Women

A recent study found that men made up 69% of colloquium speakers at top U.S. universities, compared to 31% of women. For the study, researchers built a database of every colloquium speaker from six different departments: biology, bioengineering, political science, history, psychology and sociology from the top 50 U.S. universities. The study estimated the full pool of available speakers by listing every professor in the chosen fields working at the top 100 U.S. universities and

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Officer Shot and Killed at Texas Tech University

An officer at Texas Tech University was shot and killed Monday night. The suspect shot the officer in the head after being detained for possession of drug and drug paraphernalia in his dorm room. “Earlier this evening, Texas Tech Police made a student welfare check. Upon entering the room, officers found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers brought the suspect to the police station for standard debriefing. During this time, the suspect pulled a

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5 Tips For Overcoming Homesickness In College

As September rolls on into October, many students have either started or come back for their studies and for some, adjusting to a new environment isn’t a major issue. Still, others struggle to become accustomed to their surroundings which impacts education and wellbeing as a whole, leaving students feeling very isolated and distressed. Homesickness is particularly associated with children when they’re on a trip away and are wanting their parents yet it can happen with


I Don’t Want To Attend A College That Owned Slaves — A Black Girl’s College Anxiety

So finally, it has arrived. The famous senior year. This is the time of my life when I’m supposed to make “unforgettable memories,” the time I’m supposed to explore everything and do everything while I still have the chance, the time I’m supposed to wistfully look back on years from now as I recall the people I knew and person I once was. The year that is the culmination of the supposed “best  years of


Why Studying Orientalism Should Be Mandatory Today

Studying the work of cultural critic Edward Said and his seminal theory of Orientalism should become, in my opinion, a rite of passage for every student. Many students at New York University Abu Dhabi, my current place of study, agree that the prevalence of Said’s ideas on Orientalism is so enmeshed within the fabric of our curricula that it may be regarded an academic tradition – and rightly so, I say. Even if Said’s text

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Where To Find Cheaper Dorm Supplies

I hate to be that person, but summer is just about half way over. It’s almost time for all those back to school commercials we all hate to see make their return Soon we’re going to be heading to the mall and the local Wal-Mart for back to school supplies. This year, I’ll have to pick up more than just the regular few pairs of jeans, shoes, and binders. I am about to be a


Should We Question The College Status-Quo?

College or university may not be as universal of an experience nowadays as it used to be a decade ago due to the development and the immense unimaginable leap of the internet and the opportunities it has brought our way, but it remains to be a milestone held with high regard and, let’s not forget, a massive business enterprise. Going to college was my so-called “dream” for as long as I could remember. Growing up

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How To Avoid Skipping Class

University or college often feels like the ‘next step’ to becoming an adult, so naturally many who attend are determined to do well. And, as almost any introductory lecture will tell you, attendance has a correlation with success – so it would seem to make sense to attend each and every lecture. But what if you can’t? There are lots of medical reasons why you might feel like you cannot attend a lecture- mental health

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Being a First Generation College Student Is Utterly Terrifying

I am the oldest in my family. Being the oldest child has plenty of struggles attached to it already, but the one I’ve been dealing with recently is being the first person in my family to go to college. My mother and father got married while they were still in high school, got jobs, then started a family. Even if they wanted to go to college, they never really had the time or funds to

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