If you are a junior in high school you may be thinking about possible colleges to apply to. You may have researched colleges by visiting various schools and using college guidebooks. While visiting a college can be invaluable, one of the best ways to learn what a college is really like is to follow the student newspaper.
Most student newspapers are now online and you can subscribe to their feed. By following the student newspaper you will get an unvarnished look at what life is really like on a campus.
Admissions offices only want you to see the good things about a college but you need to know the whole story. Is there a problem with crime on a campus? You can bet that the student newspaper will talk about it. Is there dissatisfaction with the administration? You will hear about it first from the newspaper.
Students newspapers will also let you know what students find fun around campus. Reading the student newspaper is like sitting down with current students to find out what they think about their college. And you don’t even have to leave home to do so.
So, go out to the websites for colleges in which you have an interest and start following the newspapers. You might be surprised what you learn about that college.