Posts Tagged ‘college application’

Are America’s Students ‘Racing to Nowhere’ or ‘Waiting For Superman?’

December 29, 2010 2 comments

This year’s ACT college readiness test results revealed that many graduating high school students are unprepared for college. In fact, as pressure on schools increases to improve their graduation rates, more and more are passing students who don’t even meet graduation requirements. The documentary Waiting for Superman investigates how schools are failing to intellectually stimulate, challenge, and adequately prepare students for the real world. Meanwhile, the documentary Race to Nowhere tells a different story in which students grapple with curricula so vigorous, schedules so tightly packed, and pressure from parents so intense that their creativity, physical and mental health, and, in some cases, their very lives, are at stake. Should parents and faculty be pushing students harder or easing up? Read more…


Getting Accepted to Your Dream College

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

I don’t know about you Junior and Senior high school students out there, but when I was applying for college, I was a bit disoriented by all the choices. More than that, I felt intimidated by the very best of schools, like UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara, and hopes of getting in seemed like groundless dreams. But UC Berkeley’s youtube account UCBerkeleyEvents, brings the whole application process down to earth in its video for potential incoming undergrads.  Staff, faculty, and students address some of the myths about UC Berkeley that often intimidate potential students, and provide helpful tips on how to use your application to paint a unique, accurate picture of who you are. Even if you’re not applying to UC Berkeley in particular, most of these facts and helpful guidelines can pertain to the application process to any prestigious university.

Picking a School: Current College Students Reassess their Decisions

August 19, 2010 2 comments

Choosing the right college can be a daunting experience. Many articles to help college applicants sort out the matter quote the “experts”–the opinion of a PhD, for example. But while an expert opinion can give students some guidelines, few sources seek the opinions of current college students, who are living the outcomes of their choices–choices college applicants are making right now. In the video below, college students talk about what they would have considered if they could turn back time and redo the application process all over again. College applicants, take note: you are choosing your home for the next four years of your life, and making decisions that will impact your future career. Hindsight is 20/20. Some of these considerations may give applicants some fresh perspective:

The End of the Valedictorian Tradition?

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Many schools designate the student who graduates with the highest GPA in his or her class  “valedictorian,” an anglicized latin term meaning “one who says farewell.” Obviously, the meaning of the term refers to the time-honored tradition of the farewell speech the valedictorian delivers at graduation. But earning the title valedictorian means a lot more to a student than giving a speech—it’s a recognition of academic excellence.

However, some high schools are phasing out the honorary designation all together. Instead of recognizing one student, these schools are dubbing multiple over-achievers cum laude, which means “graduating with praise;” magna cum laude “high praise;” and summa cum laude “highest praise.” Traditionally, colleges have honored students with these titles, but some school administrators argue that these ranks inspire students to excel rather than compete. According to a recent New York Times article, some school administrations have decided to recognize multiple valedictorians, to ensure that students, who are often only a “fraction of grade” below the top student, are also honored for their achievements

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