1: Everyone's nice. In high-school, it seemed that many people were jerks and were very uncourteous and mean. Now that I'm in college, everyone is extremely nice and friendly, to an almost shocking extent. This is the friendliest place I've ever been, and it's my life now. People go out of their way to say hi or open doors for each other, and complete strangers become friends in very short times. There's none of those negative/immature/superior attitudes I'd encounter all of the time in high-school. Not even the upperclassmen are snobby! 2: Everyone's trustworthy. In my dorm building, most people just leave their propped open/unlocked all the time without worry. At lunch, people secure tables by leaving their wallets/keys on the table. Those types things would be considered crazy/stupid back in high-school. 3: There are things to do all the time. On campus, or off, there are always events, concerts, movies, parties, etc etc etc. (btw, I was quite disappointed with the band I saw last night, but that is not the point!) Even when just hanging out in your dorm/a friend's dorm or the lounges, it seems like there's always stuff to do. And when alone, and in doubt, I can just head to the basement lounge in my dorm and chill with all the other nice people in my dorm. 4: It seems like it's all girls. I guess this could go against you if you're a girl, but hey, it works for me. The group I usually hang out with is literally all girls except for me. The food is excellent, relatively speaking. First of all, there are many food options on campus, and there are many off-campus, bus-accesible locations that take our college debit account. The main place to eat is a set up like a cafeteria. The food there isn't of the highest quality, but it's still much better than what I'd get at home. (and is infinitely better than HS cafeteria food) Anyhow, why do I like this place so much? Because it's all-you-can eat! I think I should be starting to gain some healthy pounds now. In that hall, they have an assortment of selections, such as different types of burgers, pizza, deli sandwhiches, a complete salad bar, stuff they refer to as "southern bistro" (it's like cooked chicken etc I think), fish, breakfast cerials, deserts, pasta a seperate breakfast menu etc etc etc. Anyhow, what's also great about it, is that besides the fountain sodas that everyone flocks to, they have 7 different types of juices (orange, apple, grape, cranberry, strawberri-kiwi, appleberry, and "blue cooler") and milk! (skim, whole, chocolate) There are many other places to get food on campus, and their quality of food is usually much higher, (they treat each burger with love instead of putting down 40 at once) but they dont' have the selection of juices, and what you buy is what you get; you can't just get more or have 10 different types of food on your plate ta once. However, these places are very pretty and have great views/architechture. 5: Better rec facilities!!! Forget a little weightroom and a field fields/tracks or two, this rec facility is unbelievable! It's huge, and it looks like an oriental temple of sorts. They have several full-sized rock walls, which I would never expect to see in high-school, as well as a huge, two-story weightroom filled with equipement, and a million cardio-style machines, plus various courts for basketball, raquetball, tennis etc, and a full-sized indoor track running around the ceiling. Then there's, of course the pool. The whole facility just looks so amazing and modern, I love it so much. They really need this stuff in high-school! 6: Class... there's alot less of it, and it's on a flexible schedule! There's no more getting up at 6 in the morning and being stuck in school for 7 hours straight. I like it that way. Even on weekdays, I can stay up as late as I wish. 7: Did I forget this one? NO PARENTS!! I know my mommy and daddy love me and they've done everything they can do to help me and such, but still, it's nice living independently. I can do whatever I want without being judged or critisized, which is very nice. I'm my own man, with my own schedule, although my parents are still heavily involved financially.They're really great guys, I just work better without a constant judgemental prescense. They'll be shocked when I turn my grades around ironically because they're not on my case about it. ( I got into this college mostly based on music, but I'm an undecided major now) I'm sure there are more reasons, but that's my list for now! There are some things that aren't so great though, like diversity, or lack thereof. Most people here white and female, more or less. Geographically, it's more mixed, with alot of people from NY (specifically longisland), new jersey, texas, california, washington state etc, international students too, as well as a large population from Virginia, but that's about the only type of diversity we have, which is not what I'm used to. Anyhow, this is my ode to college, and how wonderful it is. Right now, I'm an undeclared major at James Madison University in Virginia. Go college!