Archive for July, 2009

In Defense of the Liberal Arts

The perfect storm of rising college costs and the continuing crisis in the economy has once again called into question the worth of a liberal arts degree. At first glance, this seems to be a valid response. Unlike degrees that prepare students for a specific career path after college, the liberal arts, which include the study of literature, mathematics, and the sciences, focus more on developing critical ...

Getting Your Books without Breaking the Bank: Some Advice on Buying Textbooks

While it is impossible to put a price tag on a good education, the incidentals to getting that education, such as tuition, room and board, and books, can seem overwhelmingly high. Textbooks can cause a great deal of sticker shock, and depending on the student’s major and course load, one semester’s worth of books can cost over a thousand dollars. Luckily, the internet has made it much easier to ...

Up Close and Personal — Writing the College Essay

Although your transcript and standardized test scores let the admissions committee see your academic achievements, the college essay gives them the opportunity to get a better sense of who you are beyond your role as a student. Because of this personal component, the college essay should have three essential elements. First, it should convey who you are as a person - your insights, your values, and ...

Follow One Student’s Study Abroad Experience

If you are considering studying abroad in college or if you want to get a better idea of what a study abroad program is like from a student's perspective, be certain to check out this blog by a student from UMass Amherst. Besides giving a taste of her experiences in Oxford through the UMass study abroad program, this blog also has some helpful links and advice on how to prepare for a semester abroad. ...
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