Thanks to a lot of lovely people, Virtual College Visits can officially start!
What is this post?
This post is a way to connect students who are unable to visit a certain college with someone who has visited that college.
There are so many things about a college that can’t be learned by looking at their website, or comparing statistics. Yet, at the same time, it is impossible for most students to visit every college that they’re interested in. This is a tool that will hopefully help bridge that gap!
How do I use this?
Think of a school that you’re interested in that you probably won’t be able to visit. Then, scan this (alphabetical) list of schools to see if it’s listed. If it is, congrats! The url(s) listed next to it belong to a person/people who have visited that school. They have contacted me saying that they are willing to talk about their experience at that school with other potential students. Feel free to shoot them a message explaining that you saw their url on this post and want to learn about x school (You should probably specify what school because most of the contributors have visited more than one school).
This is cool! Can I contribute?
Absolutely! Send me (appblrgirl) a message with the schools you would be willing to talk about with others. I will continue to update this post periodically.
Unfortunately because of school and various life things, I won’t be making any more updates to this post for the foreseeable future.
The school I want to visit isn’t on this list!
That sucks. Keep checking back as the list gets updated, you never know when your potential school will show up!
You can also message me with additional questions if you have any.
A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and good luck to all of you!
P.S. To avoid a large number of schools in the ‘U’ section, any schools starting with ‘University of’ have been reformatted. e.g. Virginia, University of
American University - success mess, biochemstudy
Amherst College - stickynotestudies, successmess, mxifu, irblr, cornelldiary, thecollegecollage
Anna Maria University - sarahblogsaboutstuff
Arizona State University - cancerbiophd
Arizona, University of - cancerbiophd, justhitthosebooks
Arkansas, University of - arkansassy-girl
Assumption College - serendipityinboston
Auburn University - drivenstudy
Austin College - college-journey, nap-or-study
Baltimore Rowan University - biochemstudy
Barnard College - rightwingrepublican, firstyearviolet, momochrissy, graduationbound, thecollegecollage
Bath, University of - pigrescuer
Baylor University - college-journey
Binghamton University - cornelldiary
Boston College - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, serendipityinboston, betting-onyou, pensandtea, prepared4theworst
Boston University - rightwingrepublican, university miracles, stickynotestudies, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, serendipityinboston, morpheusorpheus
Bowdoin College - assof2016
Brandeis University - pensandtea
Brigham Young University at Provo - academicsandperformingarts
British Columbia, University of - perdurabimus
Brock University - thecanadianundergrad
Brown University - university miracles, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams , studylikewillowrosenberg, skyclarke, cornelldiary, serendipityinboston, fiendishly-nerdy, graduationbound
Bryn Mawr College - thecollegesearch, success mess, blaizedzabini, doctortatertot
Bucknell University - bos-bound
California at Berkley, University of - future collegiate, chasingcollegedreams, claryjsimmons, collegeappadventure, resarciating, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage, messin-w-the-message-man
California at Davis, University of - resarciating, thecollegecollage, superminino
California at Irvine, University of - thecollegecollage
California at Los Angeles, University of - chasingcollegedreams, acca-demic, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage, study-blurry
California at Riverside, University of - booksmrts
California at San Diego, University of - last-constellation, cornelldiary, resarciating, pcrkjimin, tyffanyblews
California at Santa Barbara - embues, studyprn
California at Santa Cruz, University of - resarciating, tyffanyblews
California Institute of Technology - chasingcollegedreams, mocha-study
California Polytechnic State University - redlipstickpremed, classical scientist, coffeeforstudiers
California State University at Northridge - redlipstickpremed, spunkylittlebookworm
California State University at San Diego - redlipstickpremed
California State University at San Francisco - redlipstickpremed
California State University at Stanislaus - redlipstickpremed
Cambridge University - study crush
Canisius College - gallyd
Capital University - dontworryjuststudy
Carleton College - mraemb
Carleton University - pencilcandy, crimandcoffee
Case Western Reserve University - firstyearviolet
Carnegie Mellon University - drowninginmediocrity, privateschoolstudent, betting-onyou, mvths
Central Connecticut State University - czardex
Central Florida, University of - itscassielouwho
Centre College - theoryofbelle
Chicago, University of - future collegiate, the-college-quest, skyclarke, tyffanyblews
Clark University - sarahblogsaboutstuff
Clemson University - asaprocket
Colgate University - cornelldiary, darbysdiamonds
College of the Holy Cross - serendipityinboston
College of William & Mary - thecollegesearch, success mess, theoryofbelle, worldaccordingto
Colorado College - tumblr-illiterate
Columbia University - studylongandprosper, rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, appblrsandoranges, skyclarke, cornelldiary, momochrissy, thecollegecollage
Connecticut College - last-constellation
Connecticut, University of - london-elephant, foreverayoungblood
Cornell University - cornelldiary, bos-bound, alistaircriesduringsex
Curry College - sarahblogsaboutstuff
Dartmouth College - brinkerhadleyapologist, neildegrassetyson, collegemania
Davidson College - thecollegesearch, pensandtea
Denison University - ready-aim-study, dontworryjuststudy
DePaul University - pineappletroye
DePauw University - theoryofbelle
Dickinson College - thecollegesearch, darbysdiamonds
Drexel University - drowninginmediocrity, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, sleepswithtextbooks
Duke University - future collegiate, pensandtea
Elon University - iwhaleyouva
Emory University - mxifu, caffeinatedsuccess
Florida State University - collegedreamss, iwhaleyouva, studyingsamantha
Florida, University of - collegedreamss, fruity-tuna
Fordham University - rightwingrepublican, appblrsandoranges
Fort Lewis College - andstraight-on-tilmorning
Franklin & Marshall College - thecollegesearch
George Mason University - studyingsamantha
Georgetown University - success mess, privateschoolstudent, betting-onyou, pensandtea, thecollegecollage
George Washington University - successmess
Georgia Institute of Technology - mxifu, study hacked, iwhaleyouva
Georgia, University of - mxifu, polyglotdawg
Gettysburg College - thecollegesearch
Glasgow, University of - revolution-avec-un-grantaire
Grinnell College - strawberryshortcakemurder
Grove City College - yourguidetostudy
Hamilton College - cornelldiary
Harvard University - studylongandprosper, universitymiracles, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, mxifu, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage
Hawaii, University of - memorizing-microbio
Hollins University - firstyearviolet
Ithaca College - cornelldiary, bos-bound
Illinois at Urbana-Champain, University of - the-college-quest, eashmere
Iowa, University of - university miracles, chasingcollegedreams, karalee-untersucht, 2016studies
Indiana University - pineappletroye
James Madison University - desperatesammy
Johns Hopkins University - collegeapps2016
Juniata College - theoryofbelle
Kent State University - studyinguntil5am
Kenyon College - starsfallover
King’s College - pigrescuer
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - studysesh
Lake Superior State University - prepre-nursing
La Salle University - gotocollegebutnevergrowup
Lawrence University - mraemb
Lehigh University - london-elephant
Lock Haven University - bos-bound
Loyola Marymount University - thecollegecollage
Loyola University Chicago - acca-demic, biochemstudy
Lubbock Christian University - arkansassy-girl
Marist College - darbysdiamonds
Marquette University - imawhiteblankpage
Maryland Baltimore, University of - biochemstudy
Maryland, University of - sleepswithtextbooks
Mary Washington, University of - thecollegesearch
Massachusetts Amherst, University of - sarahblogsaboutstuff, universityofsassachusetts, the-man-and-the-mouse, eatsleepsciencerepeat, bos-bound
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - studylongandprosper, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, mxifu, skyclarke
Meredith College - firstyearviolet
Miami University - future collegiate, morganstudies
Miami, University of - music studying, hella–bella
McGill University - pencilcandy, theoryofbelle
Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of - the-college-quest, therunningfox, momochrissy, tyffanyblews, monochromeonsienna
Michigan State University - studying-with-bri, college mania, pineappletroye
Michigan, University of - study hacked, cardiolotea, sleepswithtextbooks, collegemania
Mills College - tyffanyblews
Minnesota, University of - 2016studies
Missouri at Columbia, University of - messin-w-the-message-man
Montclair State University - unafraid–eponine
Mount Holyoke College - rightwingrepublican, last-constellation
Mount Ida College - sarahblogsaboutstuff
Mount St. Mary’s University - biochemstudy
Muhlenberg College - thecollegesearch, studylikewillowrosenberg
New Jersey Institute of Technology - fire-on-the-girl, doctortatertot
New York, State University of - revolution-avec-un-grantaire
New York University - stickynotestudies, firstyearviolet, appblrsandoranges, momochrissy, sleepswithtextbooks, yungblkfem
New York University at Abu Dhabi - mraemb
North Carolina at Asheville, University of - firstyearviolet
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of - london-elephant, pensandtea
Northeastern University - rightwingrepublican, university miracles, success mess, applestoappblrs, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, espressoprep
Northwestern University - future collegiate, stickynotestudies, momochrissy, tyffanyblews, assof2016
Northern Arizona University - justhitthosebooks
Notre Dame, University of - appblrsandoranges
Ohio State University - messin-w-the-message-man, systemsandsewing
Ohio University - engineeringmyowninsanity
Oregon State University - chasingcollegedreams
Orgeon, University of - chasingcollegedreams
Ottowa, University of - pencil candy
Oxford Brookes University - thescienceofracing
Pacific Lutheran University - emucat95
Pennsylvania State University - pensandtea, prepared4theworst, bullshitsandbravery, borasayshi
Pennsylvania, University of - studylongandprosper, drowninginmediocrity, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, applestoappblrs, privateschoolstudent, the-college-quest, bos-bound
Pittsburgh Technical Institute - mvths
Pittsburgh, University of - drowninginmediocrity, studylikewillowrosenberg
Portland State University - gunplagirl
Princeton University - stickynotestudies, the-ivyprep, cardiolotea, cornelldiary, universitize-me, thecollegecollage
Providence College - serendipityinboston
Puget Sound, University of - last-constellation
Purdue University - cupcakehinch, pineappletroye
Queens University - freshstudythoughts
Ramapo College - unafraid–eponine
Reed College - fiendishly-nerdy
Regent University - iluthientinuvielfan
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - cupcakehinch
Rhode Island College - withloveandstrength
Rhode Island, University of - espressoprep
Rice University - appblrsandoranges, fiendishly-nerdy, thehenchmansociety
Richmond, University of - pensandtea
Rochester, University of - drowninginmediocrity, heartbeats-becoming-slow, darbysdiamonds, aestudyblr
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - ahlltimelow
Rutgers University at Camden - doctortatertot, starkbannr
Rutgers University at New Brunswick - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, callmeglados, doctortatertot
Salve Regina University - serendipityinboston
Scranton, University of - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, pleasegivemealcoholanddiamonds
Scripps College - mraemb
Simmons College - stickynotestudies
Southeastern Louisiana University - studyingsamantha
Southern California, University of - study-blurry
Southern Oregon, University of - chasingcollegedreams
South Florida, University of - fruity-tuna
South Carolina, University of - jwuuuu
Smith College - rightwingrepublican, success mess, fiendishly-nerdy, cranberry geese, inkdrunk
Stanford University - future collegiate, chasingcollegedreams, collegeappadventure, graduation bound, messin-w-the-message-man
St. Andrews, University of - iwhaleyouva
State University of New York at Geneseo - half-neversure
St. Bonaventure University - briel
St. Edwards University - thehenchmansociety
Stephens College - studylittleliongirl
Stevens Institute of Technology - biochemstudy, doctortatertot
Stevenson University - biochemstudy
Stonehill College - sarahblogsaboutstuff
Swarthmore College - chasingcollegedreams, privateschoolstudent
Texas A&M at Corpus Christi - arkansassy-girl
Texas A&M University - universitymiracles, arkansassy-girl, college-journey, theoryofbelle
Texas at Arlington, University of - appblrsandoranges
Texas at Austin, University of - studylongandprosper, university miracles, appblrsandoranges, college-journey, asaprocket, thehenchmansociety
Texas at Dallas, University of - theoryofbelle, thehenchmansociety
Texas at San Antonio, University of - university miracles, thehenchmansociety
Texas at Tyler, University of - arkansassy-girl
Texas Christian University - asaprocket, thehenchmansociety, mighty-bull-discovers-universe
“You can’t mourn for the little boy he once was,” Peter Lanza said of his son Adam in an interview with the New Yorker. “You can’t fool yourself … How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he’s my son? A lot.” When Peter Lanza and his wife decided to separate, they established a steady line of communication through emails. The prominent motif of their messages was the Lanzas’ mutual concern for their troubled son. Over the years, Nancy divulged unsettling information about Adam’s declining mental health. In 2008, Adam was sixteen and only going to school occasionally. An email from Nancy described, “He had a horrible night … He cried in the bathroom for 45 minutes and missed his first class.” Two weeks later, she wrote, “I am hoping that he pulls together in time for school this afternoon, but it is doubtful. He has been sitting with his head to one side for over an hour doing nothing.” In an email later that year: “Adam had a rough night. He moved EVERYTHING out of his room last night. He only kept his bed and wardrobe cabinet.”
Both parents reluctantly agreed that it would be better to homeschool Adam. As time passed, Peter Lanza began to feel a growing distance between him and his son. His ex-wife asked him not to visit Adam on “bad days,” which grew more and more frequent. Peter sensed that he was being overshadowed by the intensity of his son’s relationship with his mother, and he accused her of indulging Adam’s problems. After Peter and Nancy finally divorced in 2009, their emails about Adam took on a tone of increasing desolation. Adam was taking classes at Western Connecticut State University for high school credit, but found school a struggle. “He was exhausted and lethargic all day, and said he was unable to concentrate and his homework isn’t done. He is on the verge of tears over not having his journal entries ready to pass in. He said he tried to concentrate and couldn’t and has been wondering why he is ‘such a loser’ and if there is anything he can do about it,” Nancy wrote one day. On another day: “He wouldn’t speak on the way home and had his hood completely covering his face. He went straight to his room and won’t eat. I gave him time alone to compose and have tried to speak to him twice now, but he just keeps saying, ‘It does not matter’ and ‘leave me’ ‘I don’t want to speak of it.’ ” Two months later, when Adam was having trouble with coursework in German, Nancy arranged for him to see a tutor, but “Even ten minutes before we should leave he was getting ready to go, but then had a meltdown and began to cry and couldn’t go. He said things like it’s pointless, and he doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know.”
In early 2010, when Nancy wrote of an incident in which Adam had been weeping on the bathroom floor, Peter finally burst out in frustration, “Adam needs to communicate the source of his sorrow. We have less than three months to help him before he is 18. I am convinced that when he turns 18 he will either try to enlist or just leave the house to become homeless.” Nancy responded, “I just spent 2 hours sitting outside his door, talking to him about why he is so upset. He failed every single test during that class, yet he thought he knew the material.” Later that day, she wrote, “I have the feeling when he said he would rather be homeless than to take any more tests, he really meant it,” and stated that Adam had been pretending to go to classes and passing his time in the library.
As he neared adulthood, Adam displayed unrealistic goals that far outreached his capabilities. Cornell, for which he did not have the academic record, was at the top of his list of colleges. Then he announced that he wanted to join the Army Rangers when he turned eighteen in April, 2010, but he did not sign up when the time came. It was decided at last that Adam would take classes at Norwalk Community College. Adam insisted on taking five classes. However, Peter suggested taking two, thinking that five would be too much for his son to handle. The two got into a heated argument. Adam was still seething at his father a week later when Peter came by for his usual visit and refused to go with him. That day in September, 2010 was the last time that Peter Lanza saw his son.
Study Habits: Those to Break and Those to Keep by Susan Crowley
Don’t study in front of the television. You will remember the last show you saw and only remember parts of your reading.
Don’t study when you’re hungry. Your focus isn’t on your work.
Don’t study where there is a lot of noise or action going on. You may be continually distracted. A few people can tune out those distractions around them. The test to see if that’s true is the exam. Do you really want to take that chance with your grades?
Don’t study when you’re so sleepy, and you can’t keep your eyes open. If you’re that sleepy, you will remember only bits and pieces.
Don’t invite your date over as they may be a distraction.
Don’t pull all nighters.
Do speak to the professor if you have questions on the material.
Do visit academic services, if you need assistance. Everyone does at a certain point so don’t be shy and get some tutoring.
Do turn off the television an hour before you normally go to bed and read a chapter from the book you are studying. As long as you aren’t overly sleepy, you should remember that chapter in the morning. The more you do this, the better it will work for you.
Do eat first, take a nap, and then study. Keeping up with your nutrition helps you to study well.
Do study in a quiet place with everything you need in easy reach.
Do set the temperature so you’re not cold but not so warm that you fall asleep.
Do start studying little by little from the first day of class.
Known for his images of elegance, Joel Spector was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States at the age of twelve. Graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and attended the Art Student’s League. He started out in the field of fashion illustration then moved on to general illustration and has been working with prominent accounts throughout the years. His work has appeared in books, children’s books, magazines, newspapers, advertising and annual reports. He is a member of the Pastel Society of America from which he has won Gold Medal awards, Society of Illustrators award winner, Best in Show at the Kent Art Association. His work has been featured in Artist’s Magazine, Pastels International, international magazines and featured in Best of Pastels. A documentary was produced for Japanese television showing his working process. Presently working on murals besides illustration, Mr. Spector also does commissioned portraits and his work has been included in some prominent collections. He has taught a FIT, Wooster Community Center for the Arts and at Western Connecticut State University. He lives in New Milford, CT.
Peter Lanza, whose son Adam killed his own mother, himself, and twenty-six people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has avoided the press since the massacre in December 2012. In exclusive interviews with Andrew Solomon, author of “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity,” Lanza tells his story: http://nyr.kr/Piec6T
Background: AP/Western Connecticut State University; Family Photograph: Courtesy Peter Lanza
Need Couch - College Student in Hartford county, CT
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