Perfect grades, test scores and extracurriculars aren’t enough for colleges

After spending four grueling years in high school working towards a dream college, the last thing you’d expect in your email is a rejection from college you thought would be an easy acceptance where you surpassed all of the criteria. However, seniors this year have felt it more than ever, with rejections from both top and safety schools.

Perfect grades, test scores and extracurriculars aren’t enough for colleges


How We Can Help Students Survive in an Age of Anxiety

I have thought a great deal about why this particular generation of young people seems burdened by the weight of worries and fears that were not absent from, but seemed to be felt less keenly by, previous generations. And I begin by reminding myself that a high-school junior today has lived her entire life in a post-9/11 world. She has lived, that is, in a world in which the most visible and powerful civic emotion seems to be fear: fear at airports, fear at stadiums, fear in schools, fear broadcast constantly across the bottom of our television screens or across the faces of our phones.


The other day, I was text-talking to my college freshman when she was in between classes. She was using the time to look for shoe boots online and was sending me pictures to get my feedback. I was asking mom questions like “are they lined?” and “do they have grippy soles?” and then told her to send me the link so I could order them.  A few hours later, I got a follow-up text from her that said, “I’ll send the link later.” Just. That. No exclamation point (“Hey! These shoe boots are going to change my life!”), no happy-face emoji (“I’m so excited that I found shoe boots that are going to change my life!”). Just the words.

As a Freshman, You Can’t Avoid Reinvention – New York Times

Singapore — In high school, my friends and I spent many afternoons discussing how our lives would change once we went to college. Lounging around coffee shops or our parents’ apartments, we’d fantasize aloud about prospective friends, future boyfriends and the careers we hoped to have after graduation.

We all saw our lives as single-handedly within our control, but one of my friends was more eager than the rest of us to make a total transformation. She said she wanted to be someone entirely new in college and do everything she couldn’t do back home in Singapore, our large city that was somehow made small by our tight-knit Indian community. Among our families, everyone always seemed to know everything about everybody.

Amsterdam university rector ‘calls for action on foreign student numbers’

Amsterdam university rector ‘calls for action on foreign student numbers’

The University of Amterdam is concerned about the rise in the number of foreign students and has asked education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven for help in managing the flow, the Parool reported on Tuesday. The rise in the number of international students is putting pressure on student housing and reducing the availability of places for Dutch students, the university’s rector Karen Maex said in a speech, marking the UvA’s 386th anniversary.

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SAT and ACT Planning Strategy: Winter 2018

Have you researched colleges’ testing requirements and policies?

As you explore specific colleges, you must learn their admission policies. Even before finalizing a list of target schools, you should familiarize yourself with the range of testing-related policies that vary by college and that will impact your testing strategy.

For starters, every college will accept the SAT and ACT interchangeably (although some don’t even require either in the first place). But that’s about the only consistency across the confusing range of college testing policies you’ll encounter as you delve further…

SAT and ACT Planning Strategy: Winter 2018

Where the STEM Jobs Are (and Where They Aren’t) 

The national priority in education can be summed up in a four-letter acronym: STEM. And that’s understandable. A country’s proficiency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is vital in generating economic growth, advancing scientific innovation and creating good jobs. The STEM campaign has been underway for years, championed by policymakers across the ideological spectrum, embraced in schools everywhere and by organizations ranging from the YWCA to the Boy Scouts. By now, the term — first pop

Source: Where the STEM Jobs Are (and Where They Aren’t) – The New York Times

‘Read me!’: Students race to craft forceful college essays as deadlines near 

Find a telling anecdote about your 17 years on this planet. Examine your values, goals, achievements and perhaps even failures to gain insight into the essential you. Then weave it together in a punchy essay of 650 or fewer words that showcases your authentic teenage voice — not your mother’s or father’s — and helps you stand out among hordes of applicants to selective colleges. That’s not necessarily all. Be prepared to produce even more zippy prose for supplemental essays about your intellectual pursuits

‘Read me!’: Students race to craft forceful college essays as deadlines near – The Washington Post

Is the International Education Bubble Bursting? 

For decades post-secondary education has been one of the US’s most valuable exports. We have been successful at selling seats to American institutions of higher learning to students from across the globe. These students have brought their economic resources, funding many of our colleges and universities, and many of them have stayed on in the US, bringing their talents and energies to fuel our nation’s economic growth. It’s been a sweetheart deal. But it seems there is trouble in paradise, and we may be at risk of losing our dominant position in the global order of higher education. Other nations are now competing aggressively to attract those students seeking to attain degrees outside of their home countries. What’s more, international colleges and universities are becoming increasingly successful at attracting American students to leave the US system for their post-secondary schooling.


What to Do After the PSAT – Experts Corner | Applerouth

For many students, the PSAT is the first exposure to nation-wide college admissions testing. The PSAT is a slightly shorter, slightly easier version of the SAT, and can be a great tool for scholarships and as a diagnostic test for the official SAT. Now that the PSAT is behind you, what should you do next? If you are a Junior, you are now entering a critical phase in the college admissions process. You need to begin to make plans and set up your testing timeline now – spring of Junior Year is a busy time, so planning now will ensure you are well prepared for the college admissions process. Failure to plan now can limit your options come Senior year, and can add unnecessary stress to a process that is already quite stressful. By planning ahead and setting deadlines for yourself, you can maximize your standardized test scores, minimize stress, and be fully prepared for application season during Senior year

Source: What to Do After the PSAT – Experts Corner | Applerouth