Student Bloggers update

As you can see at, the latest home of Student Bloggers, we are no longer operating as a college student filter blog. Please see that page ( for more information on the current incarnation of SB.

– Alex

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We have moved!

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We have moved to a privately hosted site solely with that URL. Thanks!

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Happy Holidays from SB

forest for the trees by specialkrb

Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and Chrismahanukwanzawhatever  from Student Bloggers!

We will return in the new year with featured blogs, so keep sharing those great holidays stories!

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12.22.08 Featured blogs of the day

Early Morning Work by flickr user samcrockett

Living in the place where education and bureaucracy meet in the middle at academic mediocrity. [Extraordinary Observations]

The instant transformation from student studying abroad to daughter back home for the holidays (and how NYU prepares parents for the returning expatriates) expressed well by Jess. [Jess and Josh Talk About Stuff] Excerpt:

And then all of the sudden I was eating Chinese food at the dining room table and my sister was talking about field hockey and I was thinking about how I was tired/wanted to get stoned and then everything was back to normal and Paris never happened and I never before had thought in French or shopped at Monoprix or slept with a British doctor or watched the Eiffel Tower loom while taking the 6 train to school.

Jobs are disappearing, salaries are lowering, and the economy is generally not awesome. So Nisha asks, in a recession, should you settle? [Politicoholic]

Tech Dorm Gone Wild? I think I saw that infomercial late night on G4. A profile of one hardcore teched MIT dorm. [Dorm Room Decorating Ideas]

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12.21.08 Featured blogs of the weekend

photo by flicker user satbir

There’s no better way to learn about how mass transit is run than an old fashioned airport camping trip. [Nuts & Boalts]

For those tired of the same Christmas music playing in every mall and radio station, two posts of suggested songs you may or may not have heard: Coffee_girl & Afeitar.

Check out who is running your class’s group on Facebook. It may not be a fellow student, but a data miner. [Wesleying]

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New blogs added*: waphle (NYU), The Parable of the Trashman (Notre Dame Of Marbel U, Philippines), Extraordinary Observations (John Carroll U)

If you missed out on the Student Bloggers giveaway, you still have a chance to get free tech from good bloggers. Check out College Candy’s Palm Centro contest and tell them SB sent you!

*as of today, new blogs added to the directory will be compiled in an end-of-the-week post rather than in the daily posts.

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Finals story #3

The next installment of the HP Magic Finals stories. Sent in by Mark L.:

Senior year of college I was burned out. I had been working on finishing my thesis, applying to jobs for when I graduated, and just generally had had enough of school. Unfortunately, there was still one more final to study for: Modern Ireland. I was also Managing Editor of our school newspaper, and since we were in the midst of transitioning to next year’s team of editors, I had very little down time. Of course, due to the aforementioned burnout, I did not want to spend any of it studying when I could just as easily be spending it drinking and making out with my girlfriend.

The day came for the final, and I showed up with pen and blue book in hand. I don’t remember the exact essay question we were assigned, but I know that it had something to do with the establishment of religion in Ireland and how the Church of England was in conflict with Irish leaders about this. I had very little idea of what to say, but I practically had a B.A. in BS, so I started writing.

I was whizzing along, making stuff up but using lots of big words so it sounded legit, when all of the sudden it came to me. I started talking about those English folks, the establishmentarians, who wanted to impose the Church of England on the Irish as the national religion, then talked about the perspective of the Irish who opposed that—in other words, those who agreed with disestablishmentarianism. You can probably see where this is heading. I put a few more sentences together, and then dropped the bomb: antidisestablishmentarianism. This wasn’t just a hundred dollar word, this was basically a million dollar word, and I was sure it would redeem me for the rest of the garbage I was spewing forth into my essay.

Needless to say, the teacher ate it up, and I pulled off a ‘B+’. Not quite the ‘A’ I was hoping for, but probably two full letter grades higher than I would’ve gotten without my stroke of genius.

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Finals story #2

The second of the featured finals stories submitted to the HP Magic contest. Enjoy! Sent in by Catherine from Georgia:

My college Biology Professor as a corpulent man who physically resembled Santa but that didn’t make him very jolly. On the last day before exams most teachers would spend time reviewing with the students. Not Dr. X. He told us not to worry about the exam because he would provide the answers to the exam and write them for us on the board. He assured us that he’s spent the semester imparting all the knowledge that we would ever need regarding Biology and if we’d paid attention then we would easily ace the exam.

Being the manic grade conscious student that I was, I set about studying for the exam the night before. I read and reread all the notes I had taken throughout the semester. I felt I was ready for the worse but confident that if Dr. X kept his promise I could expect the best. Exam day began bright and early. Dr. X had covered the boards by pulling down some of his various screens and charts. He promised that after he’d handed out the tests he would reveal ALL the answers we needed to know for the test.

I wrote my name on the scantron and chided myself for having wasted so much time studying for the exam. Obviously he’d kept his promise and I could have spent more time studying for the Economics exam I would take that afternoon. Then came the magic moment Dr. X yanked at the brightly colored chart. It leaped up to show a blackboard with the following printed two inches high: A, B, C, D, T, F. He pointed to the A and said “As you can see I gave you all the answers. Some of the questions can be answered with an A. Some and be answered with a B, and so on. Of course in the True and False section you will find that they will either be answered T or F.” Thank Goodness I studied and by the way ACED the exam.

HP Magic contest recently begun: Last 100, JK on the run, Geek News Central

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