How to be a good college roommate—5 landmines to avoid and 5 things you must do

No one wants to be in an uncomfortable living situation, and most people don’t want to put another person in an uncomfortable living situation, either. But being a good roommate doesn’t always come naturally—especially at college, where you’re potentially living with a stranger for the first time in your life. To be a good roommate, … Read more

How to talk to potential college roommates — The 10 questions you need to ask

For many, your college roommate is going to be your introduction to living with strangers. Not just meeting strangers, not just hanging out with them, but living with them. You don’t need us to tell you that living with someone else is a high wire act. Over time, people get comfortable, drop their social graces, … Read more

How far is too far to commute to college?

To maximize your chances of success in college, you should try to keep your commuting distance to less than 10 miles, or 30 minutes (whichever comes first), each way. Students who commute are at a natural “disadvantage” when it comes to academic success. Commuting presents an added difficulty for college students. It takes time, money, … Read more

Should I live on campus at a commuter school?

If you’re considering or planning to attend a “commuter school”, you should live on campus if you are either a) gregarious enough to make lots of friends and find lots of fun activities despite the relatively minimal “campus life”, or b) largely uninterested in campus life. It’s college. You’re going to be able to find … Read more

Why am I not excited about college?

You might not be excited for the same reason people are unexcited about all other sorts of major changes in life: You’re more focused on the details—the scope of the change you’re about to undertake—than you are on the experience overall. Perhaps the kinds of things that pop culture portrays as being “exciting” about college—the … Read more

How do I find parties in college?

Finding parties in college is as easy as making friends in college. Which isn’t always so easy. But much like the professional world you’ll soon be entering, the partying world in college is all about networking. That means: Form or find a strong group of close friends. Make casual friends in classes—study pals, group project … Read more