My Favorites From Alive Campus

November 8, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Infographics, Reviews

Having written for Alive Campus for almost a year now, I’ve seen some articles that I really enjoyed for one reason or another. Some I thought were extremely helpful to young college students, some were interesting or insightful, and some I just enjoyed because they were an opinion piece that I agreed or disagreed with. Here is a short list of some of my favorites so far.

1. Advice From Those Who Came Before. I really liked this article since not only was it a top 10 list, and who doesn’t love lists, it was a totally comprehensive list. It included almost everything about college that you can think of. It listed everything from life hacks, tips for freshman, to majors which have high unemployment rates. This is a great article to look at because of how much it offers, especially to young college students

2.Leaving High School: Ten Ways College Will Surprise You. I really liked this article because it does list some major things about college that most incoming freshman don’t realize. I adjusted well when I got to college, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. I went to an all guys, catholic high school with small classes and a uniform I had to wear. Since college is pretty much the exact opposite of that, it was weird at first. This list definitely has some tips that you don’t realize until until you’re already at school.

3. Greek Life at CSULB. I enjoyed this article, because as a member of Greek Life at UConn, it always is nice to see the Greek Life perspective from another school. This article gives an accurate description of what Greek life is really like. Plus a few FIJIs are quoted and as a brother of FIJI I find that pretty cool. If you’re wondering about Greek Life, anywhere not just CSULB this is a good article to read.

4. Avoiding the Freshman 15, Sophomore 16, Junior Jillion, etc. Health is one of the biggest things for a student at college. With all the stresses that school brings and the generally unhealthy dining hall foods, students typically don’t realize how important it is to remember their health until it’s too late. This list gives a number of good option to remember how to stay healthy and fit in school.

5. Roommates 101: How to Live and Get Along With Roommates.  Easily one of the most stressful things about college, particularly for freshman is the random roommate. As freshman or seniors in high school, we’ve all heard the horror stories about psychotic roommates. Having had a number of random roommates myself, the best I can tell you is that it’s a crapshoot. I’ve had 4 random roommates and 2 have been cool and the other 2 were terrible. The best that you can hope for is someone you can stand to be around. You don’t need to be best friends, just don’t kill each other. This article gives some good tips.

These are five of my favorite articles that I have seen here on Alive Campus. They offer some good advice for young college students and I highly recommend that you give them a read.

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by Andrea

Obamacare on Campus

October 20, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events, Infographics


Today’s economy has been struggling with debt crises, high rates of unemployment, and the recent uproar of the Obamacare for U.S. citizens.  Lately around campus the most controversial topic that has been discussed is the impact of the Obama care.  Recently around campus especially in my debate class we have discussed how America has been ready for change for efficient and affordable healthcare.  What America truly needs is a system that is high quality care, low effective costs and delivers accessible to the American people.  However in order to achieve this goal with the recent government policies and shutdown of the major issues surrounding the economy the government has attacked the solid foundation of our current health care system.  Recently the Obama administration has been pushing legislation to set up affordable government health care system for American citizens.

Since the Obama administration and the members of congress has passed the legislation of government run health care system there has been competition skyrocketing with private health insurances that is provided for families and by many employers to their employees.  Since the enrollments of the Obamacare begin on Tuesday people are trying to make sense of this health care act.  A major resistance movement has already sprouted across the United States regarding the uproar of the Obamacare.  Furthermore few issues divide the country on the impact and effectiveness that the Obamacare will bring (Matthews, 2013).  One of the major debates on campus is how will the Obamacare help out the American people in terms of the Affordable Health care act.  An advantage of the Obamacare is to educate people about health insurance and explain the differences between their employer’s insurance and the Obamacare.

Furthermore, one main question has particularly been discussed throughout our campus Do you want the future of health care to be in the hands of house of congress and a few republicans who is constantly trying to delay the Obamacare health care system?  Did you know this year the American people will spend approximately 2.8 trillion dollars on health care, and it is being projected that Americans will spend 4.5 trillion dollars on health care in 2019 (Health Care Facts: Why We Need Health Care Reform, 2013).


Health Care Facts: Why We Need Health Care Reform. (2013). Retrieved from Obama Care Facts dispelling Myths:

Matthews, C. (2013, October). The Obamacare Start-Up Boom. Retrieved from EBSCO Host:

by Andrea

Advantages or Disadvantages of attending a state school vs out of state

September 7, 2013 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Colleges, Infographics

College private or local

College is important milestone for high school graduates who have recently graduated.  When it comes to applying for college there are a million questions that runs through prospective college students minds.  There are many advantages to attending college in state one of the advantages of attending an in-state university is the cost of tuition.  Tuition for attending college local is three times much less than attending a college out of state.  Another advantage of students attending college local is being eligible for merit-based scholarships and grants by studying in-state.

Also another advantage of attending an in-state university is the students have the option more to travel home to visit parents or friends compared to driving various miles and catching a long flight back home.  A major disadvantage of attending college in state is when students attend college local, they tend to assemble with their same friends and surroundings however, they limit their chances of new experiences.  Attending college out of state gives you a chance to deepen your horizon and experience new things you haven’t done before.  An advantage of attending college out of state gives you the experience of living in a different state or area of the country and having classmates from different area of the world will automatically expand your knowledge and understanding of the world.

A great advantage of attending college out of state is the academic programs that out of state colleges offer.  A lot of students know what type of careers they want to take, a lot of colleges offer specialized programs and degrees for students to choose from.  Furthermore attending college out of state does have its disadvantages especially for admission for applying out of state to colleges.  Certain state school systems such as North Carolina are notorious for being challenging to get into for out-of-state college students.

Furthermore, for students trying to consider their options between deciding to attend college local or out-of-state they should consider every possible option of why they want to attend that college.

Don’t Take Their Word For It

September 6, 2013 in Admissions, Alive Campus, Colleges, Infographics, Reviews

If you’re looking at colleges, you might be tempted to check out a site like StudentsReview. If you’re lucky enough to have choices of professors for classes next semester, you might be tempted to check out a site like RateMyProfessor. Just don’t. Don’t. These websites are absolute garbage, and are a waste of your time.

Sites like these are only valuable to you if you value the opinions of those with a strong sense of self-entitlement and a penchant for going out of their way to complain, especially with the purpose of shifting the blame of failure or indolence off themselves and onto someone less deserving.

That’s why your opinion is worth nothing.

Allow me to illustrate the uselessness of these sites so that you can avoid wasting your time. We’ll start with StudentsReview. I’m going to be using the review of my school, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, for these examples.

When we go to the page for my school, the first thing I see is a big ol’ C+, it’s overall grade, out of a whopping 42 surveys! That’s right, just 42. Seeing that number should itself be enough to signal to you that all of the following information on the page is bullshit. Beneath is listed Education Quality (B+), Social Life (C), Extracurricular Activities (C+), University Resource Use (B-) and Surrounding City (C-).

The only one I can agree with is the grade for Surrounding City. The city (if you can call it that) of Kutztown is tiny, and there is not much to do besides go to the bar or to off-campus parties. But I just have to wonder what kind of standards are these reviewers holding the school to? Let’s look at what one reviewer says about Social Life:

“…the students are not interested in making any new friends.  Everyone comes here with their High School friends and sticks to that clique.  They all say they want to make new friends, but no one makes the effort.  You will find a few people who are pretty nice and friendly, but no one here is interested in having more than a short small-talk conversation with strangers.  There is school spirit, but a good amount of people are quite down on KU and say how boring it is.”

This is what we call anecdotal evidence. And, as a student of Kutztown for several years who has made dozens of amazing, long-term friends, and has met hundreds of friendly, outgoing people, I know that it is false. There are shut-ins and negative people everywhere, but if those are the only people you put yourself around, of course you’re going to get a negative opinion of the social life. It sounds to me like our reviewer here is projecting.

Above each individual written review is a chart, broken down into fifteen categories, with the reviewer’s grades next to them. Grades for things such as Friendliness, Faculty Accessability, Safety, Campus Aesthetics, etc. You can tell there is not much thought put into these grades because they are mostly all either As or Fs. Such harsh grading is not founded in critical thought.

Anyway, on the main page for the school, there are other absurd, useless things, like a red-and-green pie chart showing the difference between the percentage of students that would return to Kutztown and those who would not. 62% say they would not. 62% of the 42 people that bothered to write scathing reviews based on the bad time they had there.

There’s a category titled Perceptual Rankings. Apparently, out of all the schools in the USA, Kutztown ranks 16th in Most STDS, and 90th in the Easiest Girls category. Who the hell could take this seriously?

Glancing at some of the review pages for other schools, it’s clear the entire website is composed of trash written by pessimistic whiners. Disregard this site.


As for RateMyProfessor, I feel I don’t even have to explain why it’s so bad. It’s a forum, basically, where failures—who feel they’ve been wronged, by the cosmosor personally by their professor—can bitch and moan in cathartic denial. Every single review can be rewritten as such:

“I didn’t study, and I skipped a lot of classes, and I didn’t hand in most of the homework. When I asked the professor for extra credit so I could pass, he there was nothing he could do for me! What a piece of shit! I have been betrayed, and the professor owes me an apology, and maybe a cupcake and an apology letter!”

No, the professor owes you nothing. You have only yourself to blame, dear reviewer, and this is why the website you’re wasting your time writing on is of absolutely no worth to anyone. The professor you’re complaining about is probably awesome, as long as you’re not a terrible, apathetic student.

So just ignore these sites. Chances are your professor will be fine. And if you want to get a good picture of a prospective school, go there and walk around the campus during the day, or the evening. You’ll get a much better idea of what you’ll experience than from the trashy reviews of lazy, petulant failures.

by Andrea


August 17, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Infographics

StereotypesDid you know that stereotyping is something that is encountered each and every day?  The Problem with society is that we cannot accept that we are all different.  Many people have seen others as different from themselves but feel that they are in the majority of people that are alike. This can be called social discrimination.  Stereotypes are prevalent in society.  Stereotypes are inevitable and unpreventable.  As we accept that we are always under scrutiny in others eyes we begin to examine ourselves.  The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of stereotyping and discover how they lead to greater social identity.  Once they learn their identity they find themselves stereotyping themselves and others.

A stereotype is a preconceived, oversimplified, exaggerated, and often demeaning assumption of the characteristics that an individual has due to his or her membership in a specific group.  We develop stereotypes when we are unable or unwilling to obtain all of the information we would need to make fair judgments about people or situations.  In the absence of the “total picture,” stereotypes in many cases allow us to “fill in the blanks.”  Our society often creates and initiate stereotypes, but these stereotypes often lead to unfair discrimination and persecution when the stereotype is not liked.  When people are stereotyped they are judged and treated unfairly.  Often when stereotyping happens negative discrimination tends to follow.   This may often include isolation and lack of respect given to the stereotyped subject.   Short examples of stereotypes would be how we shy away from people with a history of mental illness, because we are afraid they may harm us.  Women and minorities are often excluded from high executive positions in the business and political world. Many clubs have restrictive membership policies which do not permit Jews, African-Americans, Indians, Arabs, women, and others to join.

However one stereotype that has affected me is my place in society as a woman and being African-American.  In today’s society being an African American woman is a rigid task to live up to.  However, it means I have resided to what my ancestors have left behind, which means to be stronger than ever.  Rosa Parks was strong, Harriet Tubman was also strong, and Jezebel was even stronger.  So what exactly does it mean to be a woman?  It means to stand up for what is right, even if that means sacrifice, it means to be strong whether it be physically, emotionally, or mentally.  African American women are perceived to be the backbone of the family, meaning that even though the male may support the family financially, that the women have the emotional and mental part in the bag.  An instance of this can be seen when I was about twenty-one I was attending a prominent community college that was very well known in the area I stayed in.  One day while I was in my American Literature I class we were talking about famous writers and their history.  We were discussing the topic of Langston Hughes and his accomplishments of being a writer of the famous Renaissance.  Hence when one particular student said, “Langston Hughes only became famous because he was a NIGER, didn’t have any intellect, or any kind of educational background.  All NIGGERS (African-Americans) are stupid, poor, lazy, and don’t excel in anything in life.”  When I heard that student made that comment I felt disrespected and hit hard in the gut like a bomb went off.  I couldn’t believe some people still stereotyped against others because they feel their race or group is inferior to others.  Furthermore I felt his statement was unethical and fairly unjustified by saying all African-Americans are perceived as stupid, lazy, or won’t excel in life.  However they’re many African-Americans that are very successful i.e. Barrack Obama turned lawyer and senator to president, Michael Jackson world known philanthropist and national pop singer, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee who is Dominance in women’s track and field.  Furthermore referring to his statement he made a hasty generalization is committed when the conclusion is based on insufficient information.  Often the fallacy of hasty generalization can lead to damaging stereotypes made on the basis of just a few examples. Stereotypes about women, religious groups, minorities, ethnic groups, and so forth are often based on this type of reasoning. Drawing broad and very general conclusions based on insufficient evidence can therefore lead to harmful results, not only for the victim of the stereotype but also for the person doing the stereotyping (Mosser, 2011).

Also in today’s society it is hard to live up to the reputation you have to hold as a woman.  Women are treated unfairly in the work place, relationships, portrayed poorly in the media and music industry.  The stereotype of men as argentic and competent and the stereotype of women as communal and warm form a set of complementary stereotypes that work to perpetuate the notion that men and women are different but equal.  They justify men’s occupation of high-status positions, and balance women’s low-status positions by attributing to them their own set of distinct advantages ( (Laurin, 2011).  However I remember in one of my communication classes we were discussing the stereotypes that women face every day in society.  Furthermore I recalled my professor making this obscured comment that a woman’s place in society is to play house to her husband and cater to his every demand.  In addition hearing this comment made me so outraged that certain people still stereotype that a woman’s place in society is to take care of the household and her husband.  In today’s society a woman can do it all by taking care of her household and family, providing a financial support, and being leading executive in office.  This comment my professor made me recall back in the 1950s when the wife had to take care of the family and household. However, now we are living in the 21st century where times of drastically changed.

Lastly, I feel that within my own culture as I have seen in other culture we sometimes stereotype against each other.  I remember watching this movie once where a African-American young teenage girl stereotyped her own race as not educated, unworthy of existence, and below other cultures standards.  Recently I have seen other people from my race as well as myself stereotype.  An instance of this can be seen the other day I completely stereotyped this young African-American men by the clothes he was wearing and the way he was speaking.  I jumped and made a hasty generalization of the young man without knowing any knowledge of what that young man did for a living or what his character is like. I completely stereotyped him as a “Thug” of someone who constantly gets into trouble and they style of clothing he choose to wear.  However I found that stereotyping has lingering effects that hurt people in a very real way, leaving them at a disadvantage (Kemick, 2012).


Kemick, A. (2012). Stereotyping Has Lasting Negative   Impact. Prejudice has lingering effects, study shows.

Laurin, K. K. (2011). Self-Stereotyping   as a Route to System Justification. Social Cognition. Retrieved 08 16,   2013, from Stereotyping:

Mosser, K. (2011). An   introduction to logic. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.   (