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The Penn State University campus is seen on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

As a parent of two college students, I appreciate that two mothers have taken it upon themselves to look out for other people’s kids, many of whom are away from home for the first time in their young lives. According to Onward State, a pair of moms have been setting up a stand to offer free advice to students at Penn State University.

Earlier this year, Sue Jackson had an idea to serve the students at Penn State and ran it by her friend Lori Rose. The ladies decided to set up a stand on the campus with a sign that reads “Ask A Mom.” That’s where they offer free advice and even hand out homemade cookies to anyone who needs some motherly influence. Lori’s 9-year-old Welsh Springer Spaniel, Ellie, comes along, too.

Every Wednesday, the Penn State moms set up shop at a well-traveled spot on the school’s main University Park campus and provide support and much-appreciated advice to students who may be struggling with the adjustment to college life. “For us, it’s a small effort from us to brighten someone’s day,” says Rose. And they have experience in that role since they both have kids at Penn State.

The ladies plan to continue their “Ask A Mom” stand for as long as the weather and their schedules allow. They say it’s been satisfying to get to connect with so many students. “We love listening to students and hearing about their lives. If you watch too much news, you would think people are hating each other and that divisiveness is all that exists,” Rose says. “Our experience is that people want a human connection and that kindness is sometimes a surprise and always welcome.”

List: The Best Colleges In North Carolina According To US News

What are the best colleges in North Carolina? There’s no perfect college because no one student wants or needs the exact same things. What makes a particular academic institution stand out to one person may be exactly what another doesn’t want. And choosing which school that is can be a daunting task. Even creating a list of universities to visit and apply to can be overwhelming. That’s why U.S. News creates its Best Colleges rankings each year. And last year they released their rankings for 2022-2023.

To create these rankings U.S. News analyzed over 1,850 colleges and placed them in four overall ranking categories. These include National UniversitiesLiberal Arts CollegesRegional Universities, and Regional Colleges. The rankings in each category are based on factors that are indicative of academic quality. This includes such metrics as graduation rates and faculty resources.

Best Colleges In North Carolina

So back to North Carolina. We’ve got some major recognizable names when it comes to universities. In, fact, in the sports world North Carolina has 4 undefeated college football teams right now 3 weeks into the season. Like many states, sports are a big driver for many of the dozens of colleges and universities across the state of North Carolina. It was a huge factor in my college selection. One that was the best decision I ever made. But returning to academics, North Carolina has options of all sizes including large research universities, midsize colleges, and small private liberal arts colleges. You can choose an institution in a big city, a small town, the mountains, or the beach.

Returning to college football for a moment, coincidental the top 4 national universities in North Carolina are those same 4 teams that are undefeated right now. Another interesting statistic is that our state is home to the number one overall regional university in the south. That’s pretty awesome! Keep reading to see where your school made the list. First, you’ll see the list of North Carolina National Universities, then Liberal Arts, and finally Regional Colleges/Universities.


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