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…

Beyond the Naked Roommate: Dealing with Roommate Woes

In the past few weeks, the Boston media has been focusing on a murder of an alleged marijuana dealer in a Harvard University dorm. The boyfriend of a Harvard student is being held on charges related to the planned robbery and murder of this young man. While many young people on college campuses regularly use and buy pot, not too many think about the fact that marijuana dealers interact with larger players in organized crime and carry large sums of money. When lots of money is at stake,…

Financial Aid and Loan Offers – Evaluate Carefully

By now college-bound seniors should have received their award letters from the colleges of their choice. Remember that both grant awards (which is outright money that does not need to be paid back) and loans are listed on the same letter. Also keep in mind that loans are not financial aid. For this reason it is critical to review the loan terms and interest rates being offered very closely. Families who own a home may discover that they will get a more favorable interest rate through…

The College Board’s New SAT Score Reporting Policy

by Steve Elefson

This past summer, The College Board instituted a new score reporting policy that allows students in the class of 2010 and beyond to choose which SAT scores they send to colleges. While you cannot pick and choose individual math, reading and writing sections from different tests, you can choose which full score reports you’d like to send if you’ve tested on multiple occasions.  This places the SAT on more equal footing with the ACT which has maintained…

8 Steps to Make the Most of College

1. Make Connections 
Seek opportunities outside of class such as internships, summer experiences, and research projects with faculty where you can learn about the real world. Visit the career center early in freshman year, meet with your advisor regularly and talk with professors about your areas of interest — both academic and career.

2. Be a Joiner. 
Join an activity that interests you in depth. If the first doesn’t click, try another. Consider trying something…

College Freshman Profile: Abe Levine

This is the first in an occasional series highlighting the experience of college freshmen. In this issue we interview Abe Levine, a 2007 graduate of Brookline High School, who is attending Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Macalester is a highly selective liberal arts college noted for its political activism, international focus and Midwestern friendliness.

How is the academic work different from high school?
The work at Macalester is more demanding than in high…

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