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O-Week: Love it or hate it, remember that it’s fleeting

By Brian Kocak / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014

Orientation week, O-week, best week of my life, worst week of my life — whatever you choose to call it — can be an intimidating and frightening experience. It’s the first week of college as an incoming freshman and you are most likely by yourself, lonely and unsure if you made the right decision to ...

Partying not for you? Don’t worry, there’s more

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

May 28, 2014

As a freshman, I had high expectations for Pitt’s party scene. I entered with colossal  expectations about the sleepless weekends I was sure to have. I was never one for high school parties, but this would be different. I was different, or at least I thought I should be. There would be no more Friday...

Do not conform to the status quo, overcome it

By Nick Voutsinos / Opinions Editor

May 28, 2014

Last summer, a couple of weeks after I returned home from my first year at Pitt, I had an existential moment. I remember it perfectly: I was on a break at my summer job discussing college experiences with my friends and coworkers. When it was my turn to tell my college story, I realized that mine didn’...

The best places to study on campus

The best places to study on campus

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

May 28, 2014

No matter where you turn, there are sure to be family, friends, teachers and others telling you the experiences you “have to have” in college. You’re probably looking online at all of the opportunities that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer.But often absent in the mounds of advice and laughabl...

10 ways college life can be like your favorite sitcom

By Bethel Habte / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014

Let’s face it, real life can be unpleasant, but life with a laugh track is exciting.Even though you’re probably not going to be besties with any of the random strangers you met on your class’s Facebook page, and you may end up hating the roommate you requested, but can’t complain because, after ...

Take advantage of Pitt’s opportunities, get involved

By Stephen Caruso / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014

Those first few days as a college freshman — when the air is still warm as summer turns to autumn and all of Oakland brims with excitement for a new school year — have the most intoxicating feeling to them.Opportunities seem abundant. New people come into and out of your vision like brightly lit...

Living in Towers: The optimal freshman experience

By Matt Barnes / Assistant Opinions Editor

May 28, 2014

They are relatively old. They have pie-shaped rooms that are small in comparison to Nordenberg, Forbes and Sutherland Halls. They house roughly 1,868 students in tight quarters. But as a freshman, you shouldn’t want it any other way.Since their inception in 1963, the Towers — officially renamed th...

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

By Simon Brown / Columnist

May 28, 2014

When you first visited Pitt during your college search, you were inevitably greeted with brochures and pamphlets promoting the University. These pamphlets displayed glossy photos of the Cathedral of Learning, the storied incline at Mount Washington and perhaps even PNC Park or Heinz Field along the shim...

All grown up: Best entertainment for college students

All grown up: Best entertainment for college students

By The A&E Staff

May 28, 2014

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the CityEarly last summer when Vampire Weekend’s in-your-face double entendre of a song “Diane Young” could be heard at your local Kohl’s or township swimming pool, the band also released its most mature and introspective record to date. On Modern Vampire...

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