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

How to Stay Ahead in the Changing Game of College Admissions

The college admissions process is evolving rapidly and has changed markedly over the past half-to-full decade, as the most selective schools look for demonstrated passions rather than the well-roundedness that was most desirable for Gen X and early millennial applicants.

I experienced this firsthand last year when by brother went through the admissions process, and it is consistent with what several college counselors told me off the record.

“Parents need to know that signing their kids up to play an instrument and be on the board of three student clubs doesn’t matter anymore for an elite school,” said one anonymous admissions director at a school ranked in the top 20 in the last US News and World Report Rankings. “If they are deeply passionate about music and played at Carnegie Hall, well that is a different story.”


The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – one of Australia’s most innovative universities.

Whether your passion is business, communication, design, engineering or science, at UTS you’ll get to learn in some of the best facilities in the country. Here you’ll conduct real world research into issues facing our community, benefit from internships built into degrees and have the opportunity to showcase your work to potential employers.

20 Things College Girls Should Know

It was a college football game weekend, and as my friend walked down sorority row with her teenage daughter, her daughter took it all in.

The energy. The buzz. The sea of people dressed in the school colors, full of excitement and hope. Out of the blue, her daughter asked a question.

 “Mom, what’s the hardest part of college?” Her mother said the first thing that came to mind: Saying no.\
Here are 20 things I believe college girls should know.

The Hidden College Cost of Differential Tuition

Are you going to be charged more for college tuition than you anticipated?

Differential tuition, also known as tiered tuition, is a hidden college cost that affects undergraduates at colleges and universities across the country.

Many students, according to a new study, are being charged more than the published sticker price for choosing particular academic majors or simply for being an upperclassman. It’s possible that some students are being dinged with a higher bill for enrolling in a university’s honors college.

The 7 parents you meet at college orientation: Which one will I be?

I filed into the new student orientation on the second floor of the Memorial Union at Arizona State University, walking behind my son.

They gave us ID badges on Sun Devil lanyards. Mine had an added maroon ribbon on it that said “Alumni.”

These were my old stomping grounds. I was the first person in my family to go to college. The first two years were at Glendale Community College, and then to ASU where I worked on the student newspaper.

I came back three years later and started work on a master’s degree, one class at a time. It took me seven years to finish.

This time, I was here as someone’s mother. There were a lot of us. Dads, too, but the majority of parents were moms

College Admissions: 10 Western Colleges Worth the Trip This Summer

Here on the East Coast, students and their families often focus on the plethora of fine colleges in the Northeast. Middlebury, Bowdoin, Williams and other highly competitive liberal arts colleges have no shortage of Eastern applicants. And while many families know about Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA and USC, few realize that there are some top-notch smaller liberal arts colleges out West. Many of these Western colleges are also in a city vs. their Eastern counterparts in the wilds of New England and upstate New York.

Forget hookup culture. The ‘talk’ your kids need is about relationships

When I was 11 years old, copies of the now defunct Australian teen magazine Dolly started mysteriously showing up in my family’s living room. At the time, I thought my mother was buying them for her own entertainment, and passing them on to me when she was done the way she did the other magazines she read. But with a couple of decades hindsight, I now realise the magazines were purchased for my benefit.

At that point, I was already educated in the basics of sex and puberty. But the magazines provided answers to the questions that would plague my adolescence. How to a form a relationship? When was the right time to have sex? What did it mean to desire and be desired, and how did I fit into that? What is love? (Baby, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me…)

The answers the magazines gave me weren’t always the most constructive, but their presence in our house sent a clear and important message: that in our family, sex and relationships were subjects that could be discussed openly and without fear.