Majors

Choosing A College Major

For those of you newly minted high school graduates who are headed to college, here are some questions for you: Have you decided in what area you will major? What will be your program of emphasis? Will you go with your heart or your head when deciding? Who might be influencing your choice? Your friends? ...

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College Majors and Expectations

Can the major you select for your undergraduate college experience strongly affect your income or success in life? My answer, from the perspective of a professional college counselor, would be, “Probably not.” However, there seems to be a kind of consensus out there that makes a direct correlation between what you study in college and ...

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When Personality, College, and Careers Meet

Have you ever wondered why you are the way you are? When I was a boy (back around the time that electricity was becoming popular), I would happily spend my summer months reading Archie and Superman comics. I also spent far more time than I should have lying in my family’s hammock, which was conveniently ...

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College Grads’ Starting Salaries Down 10%

When our son graduated from college back in 1999, he had a basket full of extremely attractive job offers. In fact, the real problem was deciding which city he wanted to live in. The offers were mainly the same as far as money and perks went. Of course, this was at the height of the ...

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College vs. The Real World

Those of you high school seniors who will be embarking on your college years starting this fall need to ponder a common exclamation that you’ll hear as you traverse those halls of ivy. “Just wait until you get out into the real world!” will be hurtled at you by those who are already in the ...

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Badges vs. Bachelor’s Degrees

Been wondering about the next new thing in higher education? Well, it may already be here: Badges. “Say what?” you say? Yep, just like the Boy Scouts. There’s a highly interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education that shines a spotlight on the badges initiative, which has been underway for some time now, apparently ...

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Looking for A Profitable Major?

It seems that we’re surrounded by bad economic news. Every day our eyes and ears are filled with a seemingly endless stream of negative statistics. Even though there are temporary glimmers of good news, the drumbeat of high unemployment, layoffs, inflation, high gas prices, national debt, etc. pounds relentlessly against us. Any sensitive and aware ...

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10 Worst Mistakes of Job Hunters

You may be wondering why I’m posting about job hunting. Apparently it has nothing to do with college admissions. However, the information in this article is equally applicable for not only college graduates but also high school students looking for summer work. These days, summer jobs, which can be a key piece of profile information ...

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Haas School of Business for International Freshman?

Question. I am not an American citizen. Does Haas school of Business admit international freshmen? I was trying to apply online and I was shown that no majors can be chosen by me. Please help and let me know how to go about the application if the same is allowed. The Haas School of Business ...

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Why Aren’t Women Becoming Engineers?

Have you ever taken a stroll through the campus of MIT, RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Caltech, or even Carnegie Mellon University? What’s the one most apparent thing you notice about the student bodies? Well, to me, at least, it’s the fact that there are more men walking around than there are women. This raises the ...

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