Preparing for College

College: The Way We Were

This, being the first day of 2013, inspires both a forward look and a glance in our rearview mirrors. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today, having just watched (for the 84th time, it seems) the classic 1973 college-flavored love story, The Way We Were, with Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand. I always enjoy those scenes that show the main characters doing their thing at some unnamed Eastern university back in the early Forties, just before WWII.

One thought that dominates my thinking when I see these vintage collegiate scenes is how much simpler (relatively) things seemed on campus back then. This, in turn, leads me to think about all the changes--for better and worse--that have happened over the decades concerning college. Of course, the one change that has no doubt had the most impact on students and families is the cost of higher education. In thinking about this, I recalled an article that I wrote for College Confidential years back. It was a book review of an old paperback I purchased when I was a high school freshman. (Okay, go ahead and laugh. Yes, that was 50+ years ago. Now you can do the math and figure out how old your friendly blogger here is.)

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