It’s long past graduation season, but we recently learned that George Saunders delivered the convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013, and George was kind enough to send it our way and allow us to reprint it here.
You think you went to the college you went to, but you’re not sure? Here are some helpful signs.
Here’s the advice you won’t find in an orientation packet.
Talk to any student considering four years in Hartford at Trinity College and the subject of safety inevitably arises.
No need for parental separation anxiety at college when you’ve got an awesome professor on your side.
Recently, Tufts University included the question, “What does #YOLO mean to you?” on its application. Here’s why that’s unfortunate but not surprising.
Read this absurd New York Times trendpiece on hooking up in college for the lolz and then never think about it again. And while you’re at it, check out @IvyGate’s rant on the piece. Truly insane that after 9 months the NYT didn’t quote a guy or a get a single girl on record.
You’ve probably already seen the dismissive Gawker post (my editor’s comment: I didn’t get past “most prestigious safety school” ), but Tufts had the following question as a prompt choice on this year’s application:
The ancient Romans started it when they coined the phrase “Carpe diem.” Jonathan Larson proclaimed “No day but today!” and most recently, Drake explained You Only Live Once (YOLO). Have you ever seized the day? Lived like there was no tomorrow? Or perhaps you plan to shout YOLO while jumping into something in the future. What does #YOLO mean to you?
We (and some hilarious Twitter people) brainstormed some creative alternatives — enjoy!
History never repeats. Except the greatest all-time events of Drunk History .
The relative decline of majors like English is modest when accounting for the increased propensity of Americans to go to college. In fact, the number of new degrees in English is fairly similar to what it has been for most of the last 20 years as a share of the college-age population.In short, college attendance has become more of a norm for a broader range of students, including those that might pursue a wide array of careers, like nursing or criminal justice, that are ordinarily associated with the middle class.Perhaps the more important moral and policy question is what academic requirements should be in place, whether in English composition or probability and statistics, among students across all majors – including those who go to college with a specific career in mind.
Alright, youâve been home long enough for the nostalgia to wear off, and youâre reminded of why you decided to go to school so far away in the first place. Your friends from home are people for who…
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Summer on campus can be tough. The routine of internships or night classes, cooking pasta in an apartment shared with five other people, two of whom you’d never met before, and the lackluster event…