Getting the College Experience from CollegeExperience.net
The internet is full of information about college. The problem is separating the useful advice from the terrible advice. This is difficult because sometimes the good and bad information can be found on the same website. A good example of this is CollegExperience.net.
The homepage of CollegExperience.net does that thing that all websites do on their homepages. It tells you the reason why it’s different from all other websites like it. It claims to be different because it gives brutally honest advice from real live college students. …Now I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound super unique to me.
However, the content on the website does seem to be less…censored than some other website might be. For instance, in the column labeled “categories” on the right hand side of the page, the very first category is “cheating.” That’s right. There’s a whole discussion going on in that website about whether or not cheating is acceptable in college. I don’t know many college students who would willingly confess that they’re okay with cheating on the internet. So it does seem like they’re not kidding when they say that they keep it real. So although it might not necessarily tell you what you want to hear, CollegExperience.net is still giving the useful information that college students crave.
Besides the “keepin’ it real” factor of the website, there are a lot of other things that make CollegExperience.net appealing. The articles (much like our own AliveCampus.com articles) are written by college students…who tend to be witty, sarcastic, and snarky. They’re fun to read and they give helpful advice. They seem pretty relevant too. Like, I was looking through some of the topics and found someone talking about ABC Family’s Greek, which I talked about in one of my AliveCampus.com articles a few weeks ago. Thanks, CollegExperience.net. Way to make me feel unoriginal. But anyway, getting back on point– another great thing about the website is that the forum and comments sections of the articles are really active. Lots of people are participating in the discussions that are being brought up by the writer’s so it seems easy to get lots of different perspectives on all sorts of issues.
Now for some not so good things about the website. The set up is a little wonky. I do think that it’s pleasing to the eye, but it’s kind of hard to navigate if you don’t already know where everything is. For instance, I looked for a while before I found the forum. I finally saw a link that said “Check out our forum!” located on the right hand side on the middle of the page. I’m still not sure if there’s an easier way than that to get to the forum. Maybe I’m just missing something obvious. It’s happened before. But when I’m browsing the internet I prefer things to be SUPER obvious so I don’t have to think.
Overall, I’d say that CollegExperience.net seems like a pretty solid college website. It’s not the most effective college website I’ve ever seen, but it isn’t bad. It’s actually really amusing and does give the straight up advice it promises. I’d definitely recommend checking it out!