Looking for an Internship?

Organizing for America, the successor organization to Obama for America, is offering the National Organizing Internship for college students. Since this is a nation-wide internship, it can be done in conjunction with your college courses in any state. You can even talk with your college to see if you can receive college credit for the internship.

For more information or to apply, go to the Organizing for America site. The application deadline is August 24, 2009.…

A Former Brookline High Student Searches for Self-Complexity

If you think that college research opportunities are limited to the library or the science laboratory, think again. Former Brookline High student and Educational Advocates client Brian Milstone, who is a rising senior at Hamilton College, is currently working on a study with a fellow student on issues surrounding self-complexity and how our perceptions of our different roles and traits contribute to our self-esteem. To read more, check out this article on the Hamilton College…

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 thinking skills. This lack of specific job training often causes critics…

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 find good deals on your textbooks. Here are a few sites that offer textbooks at more reasonable…

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 your sense of humor. So if you love to draw, bring the reader of your essay…

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.…

The Clemson Scandal Begs the Question: How Reliable are College Rankings?

Despite the protests of many colleges that rankings in publications like U.S. News & World Report are unimportant, a recent scandal illustrates that some schools can be even more grade-obsessed than their students. In the latest ranking of national public universities by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson University, a public university in South Carolina, obtained the position of 22, up from a respectable 38th place in 2001. Clemson has taken a very active role in …

Smart Teens Read… What Are You Reading This Summer?

Reading – to most people, it might seem like the antithesis of a summer vacation activity. However, in many ways, summer is the perfect time to catch up on some leisure reading and to read books, articles, and web sites that might help you in the upcoming school year. With this in mind, here are some of our reading suggestions (get our full list of suggestions at the new Educational Advocates blog and add your own suggestions on our Facebook page).

Fiction

Feed by M. T. Anderson:…

More than Fashion Advice & Packaging: Reactions to the “New York Times” Article

Recently, the New York Times ran an article about an independent college admissions consultant who held a free fashion show featuring supposedly ideal outfits to wear to a college interview. So far the article has garnered over 200 comments. While many of the comments specifically addressed the sartorial choices of this particular consultant, a number decried the very concept of independent college consultants and implied (or outright stated) that the entire profession…

A Networking Approach for College Freshmen

by Mitch Bornstein, Ph.D

With the troubling headlines that 80% of 2009 college seniors are graduating without a job, parents of incoming 2009 college freshmen are increasingly anxious about the job market their children will encounter when they graduate.  They know that grads lacking direction or job search skills are at a huge disadvantage competing for entry-level jobs, which are down by 22% this year.
In recognition of this challenging situation, it’s not uncommon…

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