The College Search

The old Christmas song “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” has a lyric that says “He’s makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice.”  When it comes to college selection, high schoolers need to make their list and check it twice. For juniors who are considering a four-year college, it’s time to do some thinking.  You…

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The End of Western Civilization

Forget about The Bomb.  Forget about AIDS.  Forget about terrorists, the economic collapse, and all the other headline-making threats we face today.  PC will eventually topple Western civilization.  PC—as in Political Correctness. I’ve said this for many years now, and everyone just laughs at me.  Well, lots of people laugh at me for many reasons,…

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Is college really worth it?

In the preface of their book, Funding a College Education: Finding the Right School for Your Child and the Right Fit for Your Budget, authors Alice Drum and Richard Kneedler say: “. . . a college degree does not depreciate.  In fact, the college degree is increasingly the sine qua non of successful American life. …

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Nameless College Applications

Josh Adams Myra Weinstein Lashondra Williams Malcolm Wang Ravi Singh Manuel Gonzales What comes into your mind when you see each of those names—separately, not as a group?  Did you have even the tiniest bit of “ethnic” reaction?  If so, you have just proven my point. The “celebration” of diversity on campus, inspired by its…

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Applicant Profiling

High school students often have difficulty putting their best foot forward.  Sometimes this is a matter of modesty.  Sometimes it’s a matter of low self-esteem.  When it comes to applying to college, hold back nothing. A while back, there was a Canon camera commercial that noted “Image is everything.”  In the world of college admissions,…

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Bias in the College Classroom

Are you familiar with PostSecret.com?  It’s a cool blog where people from all over the world come to post their innermost secrets.  “A gallery of postcard-sized images posted anonymously to unveil a secret. Shared confessions in art form.” It’s an extremely popular site and its high posting level has given birth to four books by…

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Great Moments in College Cost Savings

The invention of Google’s search engine is right up there with the wheel and fire, as far as I’m concerned, although it won’t keep you warm or facilitate a run to the store.  It will, however, take you on an intriguing, serpentine sojourn through the world of information. Today, for example, I wanted to see…

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What If . . .

I daydream a lot. I’m blessed to have a scenic office view from second-floor windows that look out on grass, woods, and—especially this autumn—some of the most spectacular Technicolor foliage I’ve ever seen.  Trust me; a window with a view inspires daydreaming. So, I got to pondering America’s higher education process—what it offers and its…

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Ivy Chess Set

Here’s an encouraging item: TRENTON, N.J.  —  David Wang is a young man who’s clearly going places. The Princeton University sophomore is gifted with a brilliant mind, a movie-star smile and an understated self-confidence. Kelvin Washington is a middle-aged man who’s not going anywhere for the next 44 years. He’s a career criminal who has…

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Rejection Letter Ambiguity

I’ve dealt with a lot of college applicants over the decades.  Most have been happy and successful in their results, but some have been KO’d by the dreaded thin envelope.  College admissions is a test.  It tests whether or not the applicant can hurdle the bar to get in.  Many don’t.  That’s especially true at…

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