Something happens right around the time you turn 18 — every adult you meet starts talking to you about one thing and one thing only: college. Whether they’re asking you what school you’ve chosen or what path of study you’ve picked, whether they’re giving you antiquated advice or telling you their glory-days stories, it all tends to be a little stale.
Here at Pittsburgh City Paper we wanted to give you something different, which is why our College Guide is written by students, for students. Together, as sophomores, juniors and seniors from Point Park, Robert Morris, Duquesne and Pitt, we know a little bit about what it means to be a college student today, and a lot about what it’s like to be a college student in Pittsburgh.
College is both a time and a place. It’s a time when you’re learning how to exist independently from your parents and your friends from high school, and a place where there are new people to meet in every class, club and elevator. It’s a time when you’ll make more and bigger decisions than you’ve ever made in your life, and a place where you’ll learn what you want and how to get it. We want to help you make the best of this time and the most of this place.
In this guide, you’ll find information about living on and off campus, making money while you’re a student and learning to do things on your own. We’ll show you how to buy your textbooks, what apps you should download, and where to hang out when you’re too young for the bars. We’ll clue you in to how trigger-warnings function on campus, and what it’s like to be a professor right now.
Like pretty much everything else in life, you get out of college what you put into it. And we’re here to help, because at the end of the day we’re all under this giant mountain of student-loan debt together, right?