By Waldy Diez (USA Today College) – We all know at least one perfectly manicured person in college who fulfills the “bimbo” stereotype. That is exactly who Reese Witherspoon plays in Legally Blonde. Her character, Elle Woods, gets dumped by her boyfriend because he needs “to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn.” So she decides to go … More Real or nah? ‘Legally Blonde’ versus real-life universities
By Waldy Diez and Collin Brennan (USA Today College) – In the history of cinema, most sequels end up falling short. Especially when it comes to comedies. But that’s not the case with 22 Jump Street, which follows Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as agents trying to infiltrate the campus drug scene. Despite the unlikely scenario of two near-30-year-olds … More Real or nah? ’22 Jump Street’ versus real-life universities
By Waldy Diez and Collin Brennan (USA Today College) – You may never hear someone say “aca-scuse me” or meet a person named “Fat Amy,” but chances are your school has at least one a capella group, if not an entire subculture of aca-crazed students. No other movie has captured this phenomenon quite like Pitch Perfect, … More Real or nah? ‘Pitch Perfect’ versus real-life universities
By Waldy Diez (USA Today College) – You’ve been to them. And they’re either great or downright horrible. That’s right — I’m talking about college parties.
By Keith Carter, Collin Brennan, Waldy Diez (USA Today College) – The Princeton Review recently crowned the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign the No. 1 party school in the nation for the 2015-2016 academic year. Here’s a look back at the previous title-holders. Waldy Diez and Collin Brennan are USA TODAY summer 2015 interns.
By Waldy Diez and Collin Brennan (USA Today College) – The first day of class is usually filled with a few awkward silences, the professor going over the syllabus in excruciating detail and maybe a cliché icebreaker or two. Dr. Seth Blumenthal, a lecturer in Boston University’s arts and sciences writing program, breaks the ice with one … More Boston University students get schooled on weed
By Waldy Diez and Collin Brennan (USA Today College) – Growing up, you’ve seen tons of movies depicting what it’s like to be in college. From the determination of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and the desire to make parents proud in Accepted to the aca-awesome song battles in Pitch Perfect and the rowdy frat boys … More Real or nah? ‘Monsters University’ versus real-life universities
By Sara Moniuszko, Collin Brennan, Trisha Thadani, Zach Walters, Zolan Young, Isaac Teich, Waldy Diez (USA Today College) – Move-in day is set. You have your list of must-haves, you’ve stalked your class’ Facebook page, you (most likely) know your roommate’s name and you’ve memorized your class schedule. You have done everything you can to prepare for the unknown, but the butterflies … More USA TODAY interns share what they wish they knew as freshmen