Majors And Careers

The Right College: Seek And Find

Now that it’s August, and the start of school (your senior high school year!) is fast approaching. I want to discuss the most important aspect of your college process: creating the best group of schools for you to apply to. [Apologies for ending that sentence with a preposition!] So, this blog post addresses the major component of that process: ...

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The Fruits of A College Degree – Part 2

Last time, we took a look at the results of a survey that tracked how college graduates are dealing with the realities of life after graduation. We saw some interesting statistics that revealed real-world circumstances vs. the idealistic visions of college students. In other words, for those grads surveyed, we saw that some, who had ...

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The Fruits of A College Degree

If you have ever taken the time to chat with current college students and ask them what they expect to be doing after graduation, you’ll probably hear a lot of idealism in their answers. After all, the point of going to college is to pursue success and happiness in life. Right? Well, I can’t quantify ...

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Is Who You Are What You’ll Be?

One of the more stressing questions teenagers ask themselves, especially those more introspective than others, is, “Who am I?” Maybe some of you middle-agers out there have also asked this question of yourself. One of my favorite places for self-interrogation is in the bathroom mirror (while making sure to keep the lighting level low!). Inquiring ...

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To Declare Or Not Declare

Today is July 4. Here in America, it’s Independence Day. We celebrate the Declaration of Independence, which set America free from British rule. It’s a national holiday. Time to have a picnic and watch some fireworks. (Be careful with those things!) I’d like to address another kind of declaration today, for the information of about-to-be ...

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The GAP Year: Need A Reason?

We’ve discussed GAP years before. GAP years are available at many colleges (better check first, though). Your GAP year happens after you have been accepted to and enroll at a college offering this option, but you don’t move onto campus until the second fall after your enrollment. In other words, there is a year’s “gap” ...

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Getting Ahead This Summer

Yesterday was the longest day of the year. The first day of summer! Most of you have finished your academic work for the year and have already started to do what the summer offers you in the line of work or adventure. Those of you who are particularly motivated to get ahead have likely begun ...

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College: Some Cons And Pros

My post today might be best aimed at students early on in high school. Maybe ninth or tenth graders. I’ll include parents, too, on my intended-audience list. Unless you’re residing in a different galaxy, I’m sure that you’ve read about what’s happening on college campuses across America. It appears that student unrest, at least for ...

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College Knowledge Nirvana

One of my best friends and I are always debating our favorite topics, one of which is baseball. He knows far more than I do about it, but now and then I come across some arcane fact, statistic, or anecdote and I love to taunt him with it. For example, Mickey Mantle was my childhood ...

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Orchestra or Other Focus for Aspiring MD?

Question: Hi. I am a freshman in high school and I am currently taking orchestra. I am in the middle class orchestra at my school between the worst orchestra and the best orchestra. I was wondering what colleges want to see in a possible candidate for their school. I want to become a doctor. I ...

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