University Primetime

November 3, 2014 in Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events, Health, Infographics, Love, Reviews, Sports, Style, Top 10 Lists, Travel, Videos

University Primetime is a blogging website designed to specifically target college students.  This website covers all aspects of college life such as dating, relationships, lifestyle, and information about colleges all around the country.  Aspects of this blog include top ten lists, student reviews, and other commentary from current college students.

One interesting thing about this website is that all of the content is submitted only by college students.  In a way, this blog is the nucleolus for college students to come together and compare their notes.   All of the articles are written by students, for students.  This is a great way to make college kids feel like they have a way to express themselves.  This blog also serves as a source of information for college students as well. While yes, most of these articles are written for the purpose of entertaining college students, there are other types of articles written.  There are articles about music, television, sports, politics, movies, etc.  There are a wide variety of categories for readers to choose from.

One thing that stands out about this website is the layout/design of the page.  The University Primetime logo is clearly printed at the top left corner of the page.  Next to that logo is a drop down menu for readers so they can easily navigate throughout the page.  The three main things that this website contains are articles with lists, advice, and campus life, which is what they first three drop down menus are.  There’s also a submit content tab which gives the reader the option to write in to the website.

Right under this drop down menu, there is a mix of the most recently published/most popular articles plastered in the center of the page.  These include the main picture in the article, and the article title. Underneath that, there is a section called “what’s new”,” which continuously updates as new articles are posted.

The overall page design is actually quite simple.  It’s very pleasing to the eye, as it’s design is made so that it will not be too overwhelming.  The color scheme is very bland, using blacks whites and a salmon coloring for the University Primetime logo.   The only pop of color the reader gets is from the pictures that are in the articles.

This website is successful because it’s writing specifically for things that college students care about.  There’s articles about money, fashion, movies, pets, things that people want to see.  There’s a fun, humorous side, and there’s a realistic, serious side.  The key is that University Primetime has found that balance of both sides.

It’s also successful because it’s well known.  When University Primetime first started out, the promotion that went around and the buzz that was created for it was very over the top.  There were links posted all over Facebook and Twitter, and the owner of the company even gave students the chance to become University Primetime Campus Representatives, which made students feel like they were a part of something.  The amount of marketing that went into the creation of this website was astounding.

University Primetime is definitely a front-runner for college blogging websites.  It’s simple, it’s modern, and it’s entertaining, which is exactly what college students want to see in the media nowadays.  I’m sure it will continue to be successful in the future.

by Maura

SUper Tips for SUrviving SU

May 31, 2014 in Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Infographics, Top 10 Lists

Syracuse University is an amazing school and choosing to become a student here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. When I was getting ready to arrive my freshman year, I was badgered with tips and advice about SU and college in general. While I got some really useful insights, there were a few things that I learned on my own that made my time at Syracuse flow a little smoother.

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: get your computer programmed to print wirelessly everywhere on campus! I cannot stress how helpful this can be and SU has printers in the most random spots. Plus, they’ll even program your computer for you! You just bring it up to a tech desk around campus, tell them what you want, and it’s done in under ten minutes.
  2. Get friendly with your advisor! I have heard many people complain about their advisors at SU. But I think many students assume their advisors will be like they were in high school: useless unless they are holding your hand and walking you through something. This is so untrue! Your advisor can be incredibly useful but you have to put in some effort as well. Go to meetings with a plan, be prepared for them, and have questions ready. 
  3. Use career services! I’ll admit, I haven’t always had the best experiences with their one on one meetings. Yet, the workshops and lectures that they frequently hold are incredibly informative. I know no one wants to hang out at a resume building or how to interview workshop on a Saturday morning. But even though they seem boring and unhelpful, they are the total opposite. After a friend freshman year dragged me to one at 9am on a Saturday, I’ve made an effort to go to at least one a semester. So worth it!
  4. Take advantage on the sun! This sounds odd but at SU there are only a few short windows of good weather. Soak up as much vitamin D as you can, while you can. If it can be done outside, do it. If it can’t, than it can probably wait awhile.  
  5. Explore! It’s scary easy to go to school at SU and never leave campus unless to go to the mall or to eat. Yet, Syracuse is a lot more than just an awesome university: it’s also a really fun city! There is a ton of fun stuff to do off campus and even outside the city. Upstate NY has a lot to offer, you just have to get out there and experience it.
  6. Try new things! Once again, it’s scary easy to get to SU and do nothing but hang out with the same people, play the same sports, go to class, and party. But college is one of the only times in your life were new experiences are literally put in front of you! One of the best and most terrifying things I have done at school was go on a week long Grand Canyon hiking trip and it was utterly amazing. Sign up for new sports or clubs, go on trips and adventures, always be making tons of new friends, and get out of your comfort zone. 

by Maura

The Joys of Dorm Life: From Horrors to Hilarity

April 11, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Infographics



Living in a dorm can be stressful, cramped, messy, and even a little bit insane. However, while I’m sure we can all come up with some doozie horror stories about evil roommates, incestuous floor romances gone wrong, and super creepy RA’s, everybody’s got at least a few seriously good ones as well.

A few of my favorite dorm stories are the ones that include my freshman year floor (Boland 3) and the amazing group of floor mates I was lucky enough to get stuck with. While we all got along really well normally, we did have a tendency to play some pretty nasty tricks on each other. In fact, we often played them on one particularly susceptible friend of ours, who I’ll rename Jon for the purposes of this article. Jon is a sweet, lovable oaf and we could never resist playing a prank or two on him.

Once, some floor mates decided it would be a good idea to take advantage of a day that Jon was going to be away for several hours. We collected several rolls of plastic wrap and then, with the help of some dedicated individuals. we saran wrapped his entire room. And we were very thorough. We wrapped every individual item, including wrapping his mattress before remaking it and wrapping up the whole thing.

Another favorite was when we gathered a few more rolls, duct tape this time, and decided to be a little more creative. Instead of going after his things, we went right after him. While he was sleeping off a potent hangover, we completely duct taped his doorway. When he finally woke up and opened the door, he walked directly into a very solid, very sticky wall of duct tape. Writing these down makes them sound a little cruel, but I swear it was all in good fun and he knew it as well.

My freshman year, we had another very interesting dorm incident. On the seventh floor of the very building I lived in, we had a very unexpected guest. Unbeknownst to anyone, there was a guy living in an empty dorm room who did not go to school at SU. Apparently, he had been jumping from room to room, crashing on different couches for several weeks until he found an empty room and decided to make it his own. Honestly, I’m not sure about all of the logistics. How he was getting in and out of the building with no ID or how no one questioned the fact that he was living on couches, I’m not exactly sure. Maybe he was local and was living with people he already knew or snagged a lost SU ID or maybe he was just a really good liar. Not good enough to get by without getting caught. When people finally figured it out, it was quite a scandal. Syracuse Police and SU Public Safety were called, and despite the RA’s attempts at crowd control, nothing could have stopped the flow of insane rumors flying around that dorm.

Oh the joys of dorm life! So much potential for fun and so much more for disaster.

dorm cooking

dorm cooking

To Prospects of Life and an Alive Campus Farewell

February 5, 2014 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges, Events, Health, Infographics, Love, Reviews, Sports, Style, Tech, Travel

Hello Camper,

Aim and shoot for beyond the stars…

Alive Campus provides an awesome experience for individuals receiving and sharing information about their colleges. It provides an avenue for incoming freshmen, transfers and overall prospects to view an institution in light of the person-student. It is better than a commercial about an institution that attempts to sell the environment to the student. Still- the able, productive and willing student will learn to use an institution as a useful platform: Students excelling in academics and sports will be able to promote their selves through the institution or their merits for their personal reasons. College may be an expensive or inexpensive experience but SallieMae is always willing to assist the educational process toward their profitable return.

Every collegiate institution will vary by academia, cultures, privatization, religions, regulations and traditions. My attendance from Lock Haven University to Centenary College has been a fulfilling and tremendous rollercoaster of experience. El Torro and Kingda Ka in a blizzard cannot compare with my college tumbling experience. After completing then paying for one class and test I will have the opportunity to graduate from Centenary College in May, elated.

It has been a great experience writing for Alive Campus. It will no longer be my place to discuss Centenary College’s environment as I improve away from it. I do have bits of advice for individuals seeking to attend an institution or transfer from an institution. The future is changing dramatically with the variety of institutions available; chiropractic, culinary, dog training, masseuse, music and etc. type of schools exist for individuals seeking a particular career path of growth.

Do not rush any decision about the future. If you feel an inclination toward a different direction for your life then find the avenues prospering in the direction of your inclination. If you are unsure about attending a large university then attend a community college to save money and receive half (or more) of the credits at a four year college. You will have enough time to think and prepare financially for the future ahead of you without risking valuable time especially since community colleges are very affordable avenues. The one class I am taking at Centenary is more than my co-worker’s semester tuition at a community college.

Don’t let others make decisions about your life either: If they’re not offering financial backing and a place in their home with their advice about your future then take their advice like an open wound with a grain of salt; take careful thought thinking about the next steps in your future. Don’t rush your life. Advice is another option to think about especially when various walks of life will have advice readily available for a variety of purposes. Be patient thinking about decisions, and even more patient making those decisions, to enhance your life in the long run.

I hope the future progresses well for every individual!

It will progress well if you take your time for its true value.

Time is not money: It is your life.

Onward and Upward,

Kevin Dufresne

Thank you Radek Janowski and Alive Campers for being amazing and useful!

How Much Do College Students Drink?

December 18, 2013 in Campus Life, Infographics

College years are known to be filled with coffee, cheap food and all-nighters. Is there another side of college that doesn’t involve finals and study sessions? Yes, there is a whole world of frat parties and beer pong that is associated with higher education.

There are 17 million college students that drink alcohol, and 8.5 million of them are binge drinking. We’ve heard the terms “poor” or “struggling” college student before, but it’s no wonder they are living off of Ramen Noodles when there was a reported $163 billion spent on alcohol in America in 2011. It’s not all fun and games when young people are consuming 2 gallons per person of alcohol. There are negative consequences of this behavior that includes assault, rape, injury and even death.

How much do college students really drink? That question and many more will be answered in the infographic below. It seems that students are learning a lot more than econ and statistics nowadays.

College Drinking