Development Blog Post #9


What a week of midterm craziness! Now that exams have been taken, papers submitted and projects presented, students are free to go home and unwind.

Or in the case of JOUR 4870/5870, go home and reflect on our semester projects. As I mentioned in my last post, my project is a comparison between urban and rural campus life. There are many schools across the country that can be described as “urban” or “rural” so my job this week is to start narrowing down what schools I want to focus on.

My best bet? Choosing schools where I know some students personally.


As of right now, my (informal) list of colleges I want to look into includes:

Colleges in Quintessential College Towns:

Ohio University (Athens, OH)

Purdue (West Lafayette, IN)

Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)

Penn State (University Park, PA)

Colleges in Urban Areas:

Fordham University (New York, NY)

Northeastern University (Boston, MA)

New York University (New York, NY)


I am also interested in looking at schools that classify as “semi-urban,” such as Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) and Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).

I feel very confident about the insider information I can get from students at the schools above; however, I would like to see at least a few schools in the western part of the country covered in my piece. I plan to start asking around and see if any of my friends/classmates have friends that are students in the west (and then hopefully they could put me in contact with them!).

I am excited to hammer out some of my ideas and make progress in my project. I cannot wait to come back from spring break and see what kind of ideas my classmates have come up with during their time off.


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