published Friday, July 26th, 2013

The Strip


Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.

Q: Dad, what are the biggest differences between freshman and sophomore years at college?

A: About $1,500. Oh, you meant for you. Less anxiety, a higher level of comfort and a new place to live. The biggest plus is, theoretically, you now know how things are supposed to work and are therefore more comfortable. The potential negative is that you get too comfortable and decide to have too much fun instead of handling your business first. If you haven’t already, this is the year to really focus on what you want to major in, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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