Many students experience a culture shock when they enter college — not because they finally have no curfew or can eat whatever they want in the cafeteria, but because the academic expectations professors & teaching assistants have for their students are dramatically different than most high schoolers have experienced. In college, students are expected to […]
The federal government guaranteed every student loan that I took out. This means they promised private student loan companies that if I defaulted, the loan company would be fully reimbursed. In other words, the loan company took less risk on my student loans than another did on my house. So why am I paying twice as much in interest for a student loan?
Consider two students: Anna: A senior in high school, Anna is passionate about organic food and healthy living. In a high school elective class, she wrote a promising business plan that combined those two passions. In the summer after high school, she will intern at an organic health food store. Instead of going to college, she […]
Three straightforward strategies any teenager can practice in the years (or months!) leading up to applying for college. These strategies introduce students to the personal essay genre and provide opportunities to practice its basic tenets so that they aren’t learning how to write a college essay at the very moment they’re called upon to master the genre…The most successful personal essays don’t just answer a question in one way; they interrogate an issue, unwrapping layers and layers of thoughts, experiences, and assumptions.
In a recent New York Times article, Michael S. Roth bemoans his students’ collective inability to construct an argument. Their argumentative process, he finds, consists only of one skill: battering the opposing side’s arguments by pointing out apparent contradictions. “But this is thin gruel,” he protests. Roth counters that students must embrace an author’s inherent […]