Students Explain Their Thesis in One Sentence


1. Does music express emotions or just elicit them? Read the next 200 pages to not find out.
– Welldogmycats

2. Girls take birth control. Girls then pee out unmetabolized estrogens from birth control. Pee goes to water treatment plant, estrogens not treated, male fish become female fish.
– Altzul

3. Nanoparticles are weird and I accidentally made a bomb and electrocuted myself.

4. People trying meditation for the first time get aroused.
– PainMatrix

5. When I get rid of this gene, it messes the brain up. A lot.
– NeuroscienceNerd

6. Computer AI systems can learn to operate a warp drive and automatically build an instructional system to train people how to do it. My dissertation is probably the only one in existence to reference the Star Trek technical manual.
– DrBiometrics

7. My experimental drug does NOT cure addiction.
– NotSoCleverPork

8. Making new magnets from old magnets because we’re running out of magnets.
– IAmAHiggsBoson

9. Inpatients with schizophrenia are happier and socialize more in the context of a music listening group. It was obvious before we began the project and we learned nothing.
– Wouldyestap

10. Little things stick together. Here’s a slightly easier way to calculate their stickiness.
– Born2bwire

11. There are amoebas living in volcanos, but I never captured Bigfoot on film (I tried).

12. We can take random pieces of bacterial DNA from beaver poop and put them into other bacteria to discover new things, like how to break wood down into biofuels. Yes, I had to dissect dead beavers and handle their poop.
– Geneius

13. This protein looks like it might contribute to asthma. Oh, turns out it probably doesn’t.
– Bear_Ear_Fritters

14. I crunch numbers using a supercomputer in the hopes of ensuring a fusion reactor in France doesn’t get fried on the inside.
– PhysicsFornicator

15. Two proteins touch each other in a specific place in the developing heart. No idea if it’s important for anything.
– Penguinpaige

16. I can make models of galaxies in a computer, but I can’t explain why they don’t act like real ones. Even if I bash them together or stir them around.
– McMillan_Astro

17. People sometimes think about animals as if they’re people. People like those animals a little more than regular animals. Except when they don’t. I can’t believe they gave me a PhD.
– too_many_mangos

18. Sand washes away, don’t build important stuff on it
– Zoidy

19. Why does a coffee stain looks the way it is, and how you can use it to make anti-laser glasses.
– Stockholm-Syndrom

20. You can make antimatter move in strange ways if you set your equipment up wrong.
– DrTBag

The Reality of College Dorm Life


Claire is a student who lives in a dorm, and just like most Millenials, she likes to complain about stuff (we’re half kidding!).  She does however make some good points and gives a glimpse into dorm life for those that have yet to experience it:

1) It’s always loud, even at 4 a.m. on Tuesdays! About 90 percent of the time the noise consists of people playing Drake songs at unreasonably high volumes.

2) Who knew sharing 10 washing machines with 500 students would be annoying? It’s especially lovely when people use five different washing machines and take a billion years to transfer everything to the dryers.

3) Constant ramen and/or popcorn smell — actually, this one isn’t a complaint.

4) Someone, somewhere, is always screaming. What are these people doing? The world may never know.

5) Lofted beds are terrible. Have you ever tried putting a fitted sheet on an eight-foot-tall bed? It’s a traumatizing experience;

6) There is garbage more or less everywhere.

7) There are always people hanging out in the halls, and they always want to talk. Very hard to manage when you don’t want to talk to anyone.

8) Walking down four flights of stairs to get food. Compared to only two flights of stairs at home. This one is actually only a minor complaint.

9) The food is terrible though. A grilled cheese sandwich with half a tomato and like three mushrooms on it for dinner. Is that even food?

10) Not allowed to have toasters in the dorm rooms.  Although nothing in the dorm handbook says anything against blowtorches…so that’s how you have to grill your poptarts 😉

From Dorm Room To Board Room


Having a roommate in college usually means living with someone you don’t know. The situation can be interesting and rewarding, or it could be terrible.  If you are different, it can cause problems. However, sometimes that difference can mean an opportunity.

Take two roommates at the University of Maryland, one of which loved tea and the other was a fan of coffee.  They would constantly argue with each other over which drink was the supreme one.

One day, one of the roommates mixed some tea with his coffee grounds. The resulting drink actually worked better than either coffee or tea on their own. And surprisingly, the two found this new blend packed a major energy boost without the “coffee crash.”

This led to more experiments of mixing coffee with a variety of tea and other ingredients. When friends who sampled their mixture loved them, they knew that they were on to something.

In that cramped dorm room, the two students decided to make something happen out of this idea. With that, they decided to start their own company.

Today, less than 2 years since they started, the roommates have become full-fledged entrepreneurs, and they are on track for over a million in sales next year. Look out for their brand on the shelves of over 100 stores across the country: Javazen.

Top 30 Best College Dorms in the USA


Dorm life is a huge factor when deciding which school to go to.  After all, you only get to experience university life once so might as well make the most out of it.  Here is a list of the best dorms around the USA, in order to help you decide where to apply:

Midwest:  Indiana Wesleyan University
Midwest: Wheaton College
Midwest: Washington University in St. Louis
Northeast: Bryn Mawr College
Northeast: University of Scranton
Northeast: Harvard University
Northeast: Yale University
Northeast: Loyola University Maryland
Northeast: Bowdoin College
South: Eastern Mennonite University
South: Liberty University
South: Christopher Newport University
South: Regent University
South: High Point University
South: University of Mobile
South: Southwestern Assemblies of God University
South: Asbury University
South: Johnson University
South: Florida Gulf Coast University
South: Union University
South: Rice University
West: Colorado Christian University
West: Pacific Union College
West: Santa Clara University
West: Stanford University
West: Corban University
West: Whitworth University
West: Soka University of America
West: Pomona College
West: California Baptist University

Moving Into a Dorm? Here’s What You Should Bring


When you move into a dorm, it can be confusing to know what is already provided on-site and what you need to bring yourself.  Here’s a list compiled by looking at what most student residences provide and what they require you to bring:

  • Pillows, bed linens to fit extra-long mattresses, blanket, mattress pad, towels
  • Toothbrush, soap, razors, shower tote, hairbrush and comb, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, cotton balls and Q-tips
  • Trash can and trash bags
  • General cleaning supplies
  • Laundry basket, detergent, dryer sheets
  • Toilet paper and facial tissue
  • Clothes hangers
  • Alarm clock
  • Power strips and surge protectors
  • Pens, pencils, stapler, scissors, backpack
  • Copy of your renter insurance
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Computer/laptop
  • Standing floor lamp
  • Umbrella
  • Posters, photos and other decorations (no painting on walls)
  • Shower curtain
  • Key documents like ID, passport, Social Security card, health insurance information
  • Storage crates
  • Cutlery and dishes
  • Coffeemaker
  • Flip-flops for community bathrooms

    Check with your roommate:

  • TV (with coaxial cable) and stereo equipment
  • Mini-fridge
  • Small microwave
  • Area rug
  • Extra chair
  • Fan
  • Extra storage baskets and boxes

Although this list gives you a very good idea of what you will need to bring, always make sure to check your residence website for the exact list of things provided.

Tallest Dorm In The World (By The Numbers)


Pace University has apparently opened the tallest university residential building in the world. The dorm opened in October 2015.

It offers students private bathrooms, lounges and recreation space; not to mention some serious views. And it’s in one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods.

Here’s a look at 33 Beekman, by-the-numbers:

How high is it?: 34-stories, offering views of the World Trade Center and the East River

It’s very tall: 340 feet tall

How much space?: 172,000 square feet, including lounges, fitness facility and kitchen

Massive entrance: 3,000-square-foot public plaza at the building’s entrance

Many students live there: 770 students live there

Many dorm buildings nearby: 3 other residence halls nearby — 55 John St., 106 Fulton St. and Maria’s Tower at 1 Pace Plaza

Close to school: 1 block from Pace’s main academic building and campus center

…But to unwind: 3 unique student lounges

Dorms For Grown Ups Are A Thing Now


There is no denying that space is becoming quite scarce in cities.  Due to this, prices have gone up significantly for housing if you want to live in the city.  This has given rise to the micro-unit trend, where you see spaces of 300-400 square feet, basically what would have been the size of a big closet a generation ago, now being accepted as living space.

Dorms for students have always been this size, and it would compensate by offering common kitchens, play rooms, chill rooms, etc.  Now, a Syracuse man is betting on the dorm trend to extend beyond students.  That’s right, he wants to create dorms for grown adults.

The reasoning here, is that since people are already used to living in small spaces in the city, living in a dorm community would feel less lonely and more engaging, as well as being significantly cheaper than a regular apartment.  I could see this being quite popular with the busy professional who needs to live near work and does crazy hours and is hardly at home.

Who knows, maybe this man is onto something…perhaps the future of city life will involve more communal living habits.

Introducing The Student Hotel Concept


Whether it’s a one-night stay or a three-month extended visit, Amsterdam’s Student Hotel is a new concept that can be called a hybrid, in that – by fusing luxury long-term student accommodation with short-stay facilities for the design-savvy social traveller – caters for both needs.

Founded by Scottish hospitality entrepreneur Charlie MacGregor, this is the fourth kind of student hotel concept (its second in Amsterdam) following the inaugural launch in Rotterdam, almost three years back.

Located in the downtown area of the city, a short stroll from many local hotspots, the property was designed by a design firm who were asked by MacGregor to define everything from the hotel’s strategy to the visual & brand identity. The result is a series of playful common areas, adorned with nice looking graphics and decked with colourful, tailor-made furnishings and matching accessories.

A potential restaurant and even a nightclub is in the works, making The Student Hotel a refreshing alternative to temporary student housing. And causing positive feedback in the world of more formal hospitality, odds are it’s your most affordable bet to stay young as well 😉

International Students Drive Student Housing Demand


Despite the highest tuition costs in the world, university cities like Boston, New York and San Francisco keep attracting students from all around the globe. That’s good news, and that supports student residences, which successfully leased tens of thousand of new student housing beds for academic year that started this fall.

U.S. tuition is the most expensive—but most sought-after

More than 4.5 million students studied abroad in 2012, up from 2 million in 2000. That figure is forecast to reach 8 million by 2025.

The U.S. remains the number one destination for students coming from abroad. More than 800,000 foreign students are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. A quarter of those are from China. India and South Korea are the second and third most common home countries for international students.

Boston, New York and San Francisco are the most expensive cities in the world to get an education, yet they continue to attract students.  In Boston for example, the combined cost of living, accommodation and tuition adds up to well over $5,000 a month. The total annual student costs are over $60,000, of which tuition accounts for two-thirds. Sydney and London follow, with an annual cost of around $48,000. The high cost of housing in those cities is offset by marginally lower tuition fees.

International students are the future

Property managers who attract international students and can keep them happy may benefit as more international students choose to move in.  This can lead to positive word of mouth for the residences.

Property managers can succeed with these students by learning to serve their needs. That includes making sure any food on offer at a student housing community includes some choices to appeal to international students who are likely to enroll at the particular university. Managers can also identify the languages that new students are likely to speak and make sure they have a few speakers on staff.  They need to cater to these other cultures in order to retain them and spread the word about their property to other international students.

Symbiotic relationship between housing and foreign students

International students continue to make up 4 percent to 5 percent of U.S. college enrollment. The student housing business would probably be in serious trouble if it didn’t have this growing number of international students. Over the last year, the overall number of students enrolled has leveled off at the four-year schools where student housing companies operate most of their communities. Enrollments decreased at four-year private non-profit institutions by 0.2 percent in the spring of 2015 compared to the year before and increased slightly among four-year public institutions by 0.1 percent. Two-year schools and for-profit schools had more serious declines.

It’s not just the top-notch Ivy League schools that attract international students. The national universities that attract the most international students include Florida Institute of Technology (33 percent international enrollment), the New School (32 percent), Illinois Institute of Technology (30 percent) and University of Tulsa (27 percent). Technology programs attract many students. Other schools may actively recruit students from overseas.

Is Student Housing The Right Investment For You?


The student population is growing every year, which puts pressure on the housing market to create more student-friendly accommodations.  The student housing market grows at triple the pace of the regular housing market.  These statistics can make it seem like an obvious choice for investment.  However, is it the right type of investment for you?  Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:


  •  Parents sign the lease or act as guarantors which helps reduce the risk of late or no rent payments.
  •  Less likely to have professional tenants who work the system to their advantage.
  •  Consider renting by the room or offering fully furnished units which can result in getting higher rents.
  • Third and fourth year students as well as post-graduate students are generally more mature, require less effort, and are there to study.
  • In general, students are easy to get along with and are respectful and cooperative.


  • Expenses can be higher because in some cases the landlord pays for the utilities and condominium fees.
  • Students like to socialize and have parties which can lead to property damage, complaints from other tenants or neighbours, and visits by the police.
  • There can be higher turnover which means more time and money spent on advertising, showings, and maintenance.
  • Expect the rental unit to be messy and have more wear and tear.
  • More time can be spent with younger students who are not familiar with the neighbourhood, bus routes, or using appliances.