Majors And Careers

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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Dreams (And Realities) of Your Major

This post is for high school juniors and maybe even sophomores and freshmen. (Is it bad form these days to say freshmen anymore?) A few questions: How far ahead have you been thinking about your life? When you think about your future, does it include college? If so, do you wonder about which academic direction ...

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College Education vs. Artificial Intelligence

A few weeks ago, I updated the operating system of my iMac. As usual, I was several generations behind in making my updates. I think my “Mountain Lion” OS was at least three generations old, and its browser, Safari, was starting to be rejected by a number of sites that I visited. So, when I ...

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A Major Decision

I had no idea in what I wanted to major when I went to college. As I’ve mentioned before, I was in college because I was recruited for my tennis playing abilities (such as they were), hardly for my academic prowess. Not knowing which path to take in life at the age of 18 is ...

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What Is A GAP Year?

There’s been a lot of discussion this week about President Obama’s daughter, Malia, and her college plans. It’s been on the national TV news, all the wire services, and in a long College Confidential’s discussion forum thread. Her intentions have brought into focus an option about which you may know nothing or very little: the ...

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Sunset for College Rankings?

If you’ve spent any time at all on the College Confidential discussion forum, you’re no doubt aware of all the controversy about college ranking lists, especially those published annually by U.S. News and World Report (USNWR). Ranking mania has seeped into almost every corner of of the higher education admissions game, from undergraduate through graduate ...

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Understanding Millennials

Parents of Millennials may be interested in some new information. First, let’s define “Millennial”: Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to ...

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