Posts Tagged ‘college stories’

Facebook Study: College students who create events better students?

laptopYet another study on how college students use Facebook has surfaced, and we’ve decided to forward it on to you because, well, it’s actually kind of interesting.

The study from Computers & Education, titled “The relationship between frequency of Facebook use, participation in Facebook activities, and student engagement,” sheds some light on how using Facebook affects its users. Now, you could probably infer the obvious–time spent on Facebook is time spent away from studying and therefore negatively affects its users–but, this study actually differentiates between the various activities on Facebook and illustrates that Facebook will have a positive or negative effect on your education based on the way you use it.

So which activities on Facebook mean you’re being a good student and which mean that you’re…well…not studying up to par?

The study found that certain behaviors on Facebook correlated stronger with student engagement on campus and time spent studying, while other behaviors on Facebook inversely correlated with those things.

So positive predictors of time spent studying and engagment on campus were:

  • Creating or RSVPing to Events
  • Commenting on content

The negative predictors were:

  • Playing games
  • Posting photos
  • Facebook chatting

Does it surprise you that certain activities on Facebook correlate with being more engaged on campus and diligent student? Leave comment below!

Introducing Friday College Town Hall!


What’s is Friday College Town Hall?

We love giving our two-cents on the college search and scholarship search experience since helping students find their perfect college match and guiding them through their scholarship search is our passion, but, we also know that our readers have so many great things to say themselves!

So, we’re reserving the end of the week for Friday College Town Hall, which means on Friday’s, we’re opening our blog up to you!

We’ll post a question that’s been asked by students through Facebook, Twitter, or Cappex and give you the opportunity to answer it by leaving a comment.

Here’s today’s question:

About 13% of students apply to 8 colleges or more. Is that too many or too few? How many colleges would you recommend applying to?

Have an answer? Story? Advice? Leave a reply below. You can even respond to other people’s answers.

10 Classic College Campus Novels

Categories: College Life

bookSome of the best stories happen during the college years.  Most great college stories you hear probably involve a guy claiming his frat house was the inspiration for Animal House, not about a murder mystery some co-eds were able to solve between organic chem and animal phys.

The Huffington Post just posted 10 classic novels that take place on college campus.  Here they are:

1. The Secret History by Donna Tart
This murder mystery classic takes place at Hampden College in Vermont, as should all murder mysteries novels.

2. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
This British novel takes place at, of course, Oxford University, because that’s where I’m assuming all people go to college in England.

3. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
This southern gothic novel’s protagonist attends Harvard Universitynot so southern, but totally Gothic.

4. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Set in the 1950s, this English novel take place at a college inspired by the University of Leicester because too many stories were happening at Oxford.

5. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
An attractive young Princeton student dabbles with the usual love, greed and good ole’ status seeking.

6. Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Surprisingly, this classic is not an actual portrait, but a metaphorical one. Also, I’m not quite sure what college the young man, Stephen Dedalus, goes to, but I’m sure he gets a great education.

7. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
This Victorian novel takes place at the fictional “Christminster,” which, of course, is modeled after Oxford.

8. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
This English satire involves a beautiful female magician.  And if you were to guess that it takes place at Oxford, you’d be correct.

9. Stoner by John Williams
An English professor teaches at Oxfo–wait no! He teaches at a drab Midwestern University. What could be worse than a British protagonist not being at Oxford?!

10. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
Please don’t think poorly of this English  murder mystery not taking place in Vermont, or at  Oxford. In fact, it takes place at the fictional Shrewsbury College where shrews berries grow plentiful.  It’s loosely based off of Sayers’ own Somerville College.

What college campus do you think would make a great setting for a novel?  Comment and share!