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7 Important Confessions of a Salutatorian

The Prospect | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
The Prospect

Looking over my high school experience that culminated in being named salutatorian, there's a couple of things I've come to realize that could've totally changed my entire four years.

Don't Abolish Single Test Admissions for NYC Specialized Schools

Jack Cahn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Jack Cahn

Every Stuyvesant student remembers the day they took the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). I was thirteen, a student at the Ramaz Midd...

5 Truths About College Every Incoming Freshman Needs to Know

The Prospect | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
The Prospect

Looking back on my own freshman year, there are a ton of things I wish I'd known; they would've saved me a lot of anxiety and confusion. So, college freshmen, here's what you need to know before you head here in three months.

It's Not Easy Being Green

Write for the Future | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Chris Drakeford "It's not easy being green," In today's world, green is everywhere from supermarkets to car showrooms. But to be honest, I had n...

The Problem with College Acceptance Shaming

The Prospect | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
The Prospect

There is a popular (though not-so-new) trend among high school seniors wherein, following one student's acceptance at a highly selective school, fellow peers will attempt to figure out the reasons behind the acceptance.

Hallways of Trouble and Classrooms of Success

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By: Jakobi Jackson Scene One: The Hallway of Trouble. "Hey you, I heard you were talking about me, bitch!" Mya yelled. She rushed straight to Susan...

An Entrepreneur's Hunger for Understanding

Write for the Future | Posted 06.25.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Francesca Polycarpe The radiant sun shone on my face as I moved through a swarm of people at a street fair. I squinted in a desperate atte...

Engaging Extracurriculars

Write for the Future | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Twice a month the members of "pitch" sit in a quiet dark room during lunch. Every face assumes a blank stare for five minutes, as we sit in silence....

Bringing a Global Perspective to Campus

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Given your interests, values and goals, explain why Oberlin College will help you grow (as a student and a person) during your undergraduate years....

My Reconciliation with the A-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Justin Schnell Two months before my Bar Mitzvah, I secretly went to my computer and googled "don't believe in God." I was driven to Google when ...

New Changes to the SAT Reflect a Changing Admissions Process

James Werner | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
James Werner

The new adjustments to the SAT are part of a systematic change in the admissions process. While scores may remain an important component of the decision process for the immediate future, the measure of an individual's preparation and potential has begun to shift.

My Friends - the Notebooks

Write for the Future | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Romea Noel My notebooks and I are inseparable. Look inside and you will find stories from a girl with a heart and a mind of her own. When I writ...

1000 Characters on a Work Experience

Write for the Future | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Some people might not find managing the flow of golf carts exciting, but I do. The summer after my junior year, I began my first and current job as ...

Hey Guys! Let's Go to a (College) Fair!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

College fairs are unique opportunities for you to meet college admissions people face to face and begin the process of showing colleges your "demonstrated interest."

That Time Fordham Told 2,500 Applicants They Were Admitted, But They Weren't

AP | Posted 12.13.2013 | College

NEW YORK (AP) — Fordham University says about 2,500 applicants erroneously received a financial aid email implying they had been admitted — even t...

The Big Lie About Student Achievement

Monica Bauer | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Monica Bauer

The Big Lie has made the vast majority of our college students feel like failures, and may be keeping them from actually getting a real education.

What Is the Best Private School in New York City?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 12.21.2013 | New York
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

We have been asked over and over, "Which is the best school or schools in New York City?" After 20 years collectively as educators and admissions experts, we can confidently say the best school in NYC is the one that best fits your child.

Fear of Failing

Debora Spar | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Debora Spar

This is the generation, after all, that grew up with attachment parenting and Baby Einstein videos. They grew up playing soccer on teams where everyone was captain and watching music videos in which every girl with a gorgeous voice looked like a model as well.

Should Your Child Take the SSAT or ISEE?

Chuck Cohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Chuck Cohn

When applying to independent schools, you may find yourself swimming in a sea of acronyms and tests. Two tests, inevitably, will stand out: the SSAT and ISEE.

As You Fill Out Your College Application ...

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

As you write your application, be honest. You are an interesting and engaging individual. Tell them why. Use short sentences and active verbs. There is no excuse for poor spelling or punctuation.

Ten Questions Presidents Should Ask Their Enrollment Deans

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.21.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The best institutional enrollment leaders are devoid of agenda and unwilling to play petty internal politics. They do not establish the University's agenda; they understand that enrollment supports it.

Values in Indecision over the N-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Chris Drakeford "If it ends with an 'a' it's 'a'-ok" explained Todd, after seeing my face cringe when he referred to his white friend as "my n...

Linking Diversity to Work Force Needs

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.03.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Despite the evolving interpretation offered by state and federal courts, American higher education as a community remains committed in its support to increase diversity among students.

To All the Colleges That May Never Get a Chance to Reject Me: From the Poor Black Kid With Two Moms

Angela Onwuachi-Willig | Posted 06.17.2013 | College
Angela Onwuachi-Willig

If I had been an upper middle-class, able-bodied, U.S. born white girl with heterosexual parents, perhaps I would not dread going to my classes that are filled with bullies and racial microaggressions, and I would be able to fully concentrate on my studies.

Having 'The Talk' Before Your Child Goes to College

Linda Wolff | Posted 06.13.2013 | Parents
Linda Wolff

Even though she's heard the speech, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I didn't say it yet again. I cringe as the words come out of my mouth, knowing what's coming, "Mom, you don't have to tell me this. I'm not stupid." But, I say it anyway.