NEW YORK -- Kathryn Robinson had The Talk with her boyfriend this week. A breakup was inevitable: They are separated by thousands of miles. Robinson, who hails from Tacoma, Wash., has just started her freshman year at a liberal-arts college outside of New York City; her high school sweetheart remains on the West Coast.
"I don't want to be committed to anything," Robinson said in a phone interview. "It just doesn't make any sense when you're in college and you're just meeting so many new people."
And in Robinson's case, she's "meeting" far more new people than the average freshman. The aspiring music journalist/actress/obstetrician is documenting her first year at the State University of New York, Purchase College, for a new Web reality series, "Freshman 15." The program, launched this week by Seventeen magazine and MySpace.com, follows 15 girls as they experience the first taste of university life and its various pressures, from studies to long-distance relationships.
"It's the first time in your life that you are living alone, you're on your own," Seventeen editor in chief Ann Shoket said. "I mean, that is the most exciting moment ever."
More than 1,000 teens applied to be on "Freshman 15," Shoket said. The magazine selected girls with diverse personalities, outside interests and backgrounds to more fully represent the teenage rainbow.
There is someone for everyone: The devout student trying to stay sober while her peers party and canoodle with the opposite sex late at night. The girl who comes from a strict family and wants to let loose. The bisexual teen dating girls for the first time.
The girls' stories can be found at www.myspace.com/freshman15. Each has an individual MySpace profile, which features regularly updated content, including blogs, videos and photos. They'll also impart collegiate wisdom to Seventeen readers in upcoming issues. The October issue features their tips on how to get into college.