Dec. 31, 2014

5 Colleges With The Happiest Students
USA Today
From Aug. 21: The Princeton Review has published its Best 379 Colleges for 2015, polling 130,000 students to produce ranking lists covering issues from academics to extracurriculars — and everything in between. These kinds of rankings are very interesting to read, and can give excellent insights into the type of college experience a particular school offers. One list rates colleges by how happy its students say they are while attending. What a great idea — after all, who doesn't want to be happy during their college years? More

Avoiding Roommate Shock, Online
The New York Times
From July 24: Before Daniel Stompor arrived on campus last fall for his first year at Northwestern University, he went on Facebook, looking for a roommate. Although Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill., has traditionally assigned roommates to incoming students, the school recently started offering another option: a matching app on Facebook, called RoomSync, that lets students search for and select their own roomies. Mr. Stompor, who is from the Chicago area, decided to try it. More

Students Are Overwhelmed But Under-Challenged
Psychology Today
From Feb. 6: It's been difficult to put my finger on what's happening among students in today's culture. On the one hand, 94% of college students say the top word to describe their life is "overwhelmed." About half say they are so overwhelmed it is almost difficult to function, and nearly one in ten have considered suicide in the last year. More

Depression A Serious Issue For College Students
From March 6: Attending college can be tough and scary for those new to the experience of being away from home. There's the heavy burden of making sure you complete all your work for classes and pass exams. Most difficult of all can be the responsibility of feeding and clothing yourself much of the time. Trying to juggle responsibilities as a newly minted college student becomes that much more difficult for those struggling with depression. There is a great deal of social stigma when it comes to admitting to the disease, leading these persons to suffer in silence. Unfortunately, symptoms of depression can make it seem like a student is lazy, disinterested, or simply a poor student. In actuality nothing could be further from the truth. More

5 Key Facts For International Students About US Academic Culture
U.S. News & World Report
From Nov. 26: As an international student, being in an American classroom can be a life-changing experience. You will able to express yourself freely, make friends, build your confidence and challenge your friends and professors on topics in class. There are, however, five characteristics of classes and the academic atmosphere in the U.S. that may be different from those in your home country. More

Sleep Problems Have The Same Effects On Students' Grades As Drug Abuse, New Study Finds
PBS Newshour
From June 5: Losing sleep can have the same effects on your grades as binge drinking and chronic marijuana use, according to a new study published in the journal Sleep. Researchers at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. scoured through 43,000 responses to the 2009 American College Health Association National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey, looking for the connections between sleep problems and academic success. They found college freshmen were more affected by sleep loss than upperclassmen. An analysis of the data showed that sleep problems alone predicted if a student would drop a class, even when controlling for factors such as chronic health problems, race, gender, anxiety, depression and work hours. More

College Students' Unhealthy Habits Can Mark Their Future
HealthDay News
From May 15: College students tend to have unhealthy lifestyles that could increase their risk of cancer and other health problems later in life, a new study warns. Black and Native American students are especially at risk, according to Northwestern University researchers, who analyzed data gathered from more than 30,000 college students nationwide in 2010. The study found that 95 percent of college students don't eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables (at least five servings a day), and more than 60 percent don't get the recommended levels of weekly physical activity — at least three vigorous workouts of 20 minutes minimum or five moderate workouts of 30 minutes minimum. More

Why So Many College Students Never Graduate
NBC News
From Nov. 20: A decade ago, then-18-year-old Sophia Stoll resolved that she wanted to go away for college. The working-class New Yorker enrolled in a private Catholic university outside of Pittsburgh, but by her junior year, she'd realized that the media and technology program didn't suit her goals. Stoll dropped out, worked odd jobs for a year back home, then transferred to SUNY-Fredonia. But she ended up suffering from extreme anxiety, she says, and withdrew after a semester. More

Can Fear Of Cancer Keep College Kids From Binge Drinking?
From April 3: Many college students associate a good time with good friends, good music and good booze. But with half of all college drinkers engaging in binge drinking, the habit remains one of the biggest health risks among young adults. Campaigns that tackle this problem often focus on familiar risks like drunken driving, unsafe sex and even death, but researchers say that warning students about the lesser-known link between alcohol and cancer may also be a new approach for deterring binge drinking. More

Here's What Procrastinators Are Doing Instead Of Schoolwork
The Huffington Post
From May 29: Regardless of gender or age, you probably do your fair share of procrastinating if you're in school. A new study out from StudyMode, an international network that provides students with online learning tools, breaks down who procrastinates and why. The study gleaned its results by surveying more than 1,300 of the network's student members in high school and college. More