Benefits Of Going To A Small School

Benefits Of Going To A Small School

Yes, Small Schools Are Better Than State Schools

After attending The University of Scranton for a year I can appreciate many things that the school has to offer. Here are just a few things that I love about going to a small college!

1. Professors Want You To Succeed

At a small school your professor actually knows you by your name. They want to get to know you whether it is where you are from, your major, or things that you are involved in on campus. Your professors want to see you succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Many Professors hold office hours where they allow their students to come to them on specific days to review something they did not understand in class, ask questions about assignments/tests, or even to discuss a grade. Professors will go out of their way to help students improve in any way possible.

2. Smaller Class Sizes

Smaller class sizes means that there is more of a chance of getting to know the people in your classes. With smaller class sizes it is nice to get to know everyone by their name and a little bit about themselves. You'll have the opportunity to get to know people that are in the same major as you and bond over similar interests.

3. Familiar Faces

Its nice to walk to class and be able to get friendly hellos from a few people. Whether if it is from good friends, classmates or the people from your hall it is nice to have familiar faces that pass you throughout the day.

4. Your Not Just A Number

Your not referred to as a number at a small school. Like stated above your professors want to know your name and know a little bit about who you are and your interests.

5. Easier To Make And Keep Friends

At a smaller school you are more likely to see someone more than once. Therefore it is easier to keep the friends that you make. If you bond with someone and don't have classes with them or live in the same dorm you are likely to run into them on campus and be able to catch up with them.

6. Build Relationships With Tutors

At a smaller school you are able to have easy access to tutors. You are able to receive one on one tutoring where you meet with the same person to discuss material that you need further understanding with in class. After meeting with them regularly you could be lucky enough to build a relationship with your tutor and get to know them better.

7. Get To Know Staff

Not only could you build relationships with tutors but get to become familiar with the staff of your school. On smaller campuses you are more likely to run into the President or Dean of the school. If you attend a Jesuit university like me you will often see priests walking around and having conversations with the students.

8. Know People of All Grades

At smaller schools you are most likely to know people of all grades. This is nice especially when you are an underclassman. It is beneficial to know upperclassmen who have gone through certain experiences and you can always ask them for advice.

9. Networking

Professors want to help you find internships and jobs. If you are a hardworking student and do well in a class Professors are willing to help write you recommendations for future career experiences.

10. The Starbucks Barista Even Knows You Too

If your lucky enough to have a Starbucks on your campus like me not only does your barista know your name but they know what your favorite Starbucks order is too!

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.


Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

20. Replay the feeling of coming home.


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