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Posted May 5, 2014, 3:02 p.m. by Magoosh | View Comments
5 Facts Every Parent Should Know About the SAT

Parents are so inundated with information regarding the SAT that they often have trouble knowing fact from fiction, truth from hyperbole. For years, I’ve dealt with such misconceptions and uncertainty any time I talk to a parent. If I had to think of five things I wanted every “SAT parent” to know, five important facts to help them navigate through the welter of confusion, I would tell them the following. Students can improve on the SAT. There is a myth that the SAT is a glorified IQ test, and a student’s score is impervious to change: it is as hard-wired ...

Posted May 3, 2014, 11 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Political Conscience

I registered to vote today; I got the sticker and everything. The League of Women Voters was outside the cafeteria registering Seniors, and I was more than happy to take part. Those of you who read my blog regularly already know my views on the Right to Vote, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about the other side of voting: politics. Politics Last time around in the blog, I spoke about social conscience, and while political conscience comes from a similar place in one’s system of values and actions, it is slightly different, and it is even ...

Posted May 1, 2014, 4:52 p.m. by Tennessee Tech Univ. (Sponsored) | View Comments
TTU Chemistry Students Join Nation’s Top Ranks

Amanda Werlein, junior at Tennessee Tech University, divides her time between the chemistry lab, where she works with metals with low levels of radioactivity, and the practice room, where she plays euphonium and belongs to the tuba ensemble. This summer, she will take her experience with radiochemistry to one of the top programs in the country, where she will work with top chemists in the best labs. She is one of 12 students across the country accepted to her program. “I took a nuclear and radiochemistry class, and I fell in love with it,” said Amanda, from Tullahoma, Tenn. “It ...

Posted May 1, 2014, 10:51 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Why I Wish I Went to a Pre-College Summer Program

When I was accepted early-decision into my alma mater, I could not wait to step foot on campus for freshman orientation in August. But for some reason, when I was completing my housing form and meal plan preferences, I skipped over the Pre-College Summer Program options. At my college, like many others, there are several summer programs offered on campus and off for entering freshmen. These activities include wilderness trips, pre-orientation classes, community service, and many more. These programs came at an extra price—but also with tons of advantages. These are the reasons why I wish I went to a ...

Posted April 29, 2014, 4:11 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The White House Steps in to Prevent Sexual Assault in College

Why does it seem like change only occurs once a major problem is brought into the spotlight? Sexual violence and harassment at colleges has always been a very real, relevant issue, yet we only hear about specific cases when they are reported through large news channels. Last month, I wrote about diminishing sexual assault on college campuses after a Dartmouth student came forward to the administration about a message board titled, “The Dartmouth Rape Guide.” While the administration did little to help the victim, public awareness on sexual assault rose, ultimately reaching the White House and the Department of Education ...

Posted April 29, 2014, 2:13 p.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Developing a Social Conscience in the Teenage World

Recently, I went to see Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change,a wonderful new documentary film about one of Greater Boston’s most innovative business owners. Wenzday Jane is the President of Metro Pedal Power, a Somerville-based delivery business that uses bicycles (and sophisticated, homemade trailers) to deliver goods (mainly produce) throughout the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and the Town of Brookline. The film also features Wenzday’s contract with the Cambridge Department of Public Works to regularly empty sidewalk recycling bins using pedal power. Their method is one of the most creative works of invention ...

Posted April 28, 2014, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Grads Need More Than a Degree to Get Hired

As college students graduate in May, they may find that the degree they worked so hard for won’t be enough to land a job. In today’s competitive job market, students are fighting for the same jobs that experienced workers are seeking as they re-enter the job force. Employers are concerned that graduates don’t have the skills necessary to secure and keep a job. Are graduates qualified? In a study released last fall by Chegg entitled “Bridging That Gap: Analyzing the Student Skill Index,” it appears that more students are struggling to find their place in the workforce. They surveyed 2,001 ...

Posted April 26, 2014, 11 a.m. by Sarah Brooks | View Comments
5 Reasons Parents Must Show Flexibility

Part of the natural advancement we experience in our lives involves "getting our ducks in a row." Somehow, as life becomes more complicated and responsibilities expand, we strive to control outcomes and keep as many aspects of our lives as on-track as possible. While the thought of setting our lives on "auto-pilot" is appealing to simplify the sprawling scope of modern life, it seldom plays out in black-and-white terms. Flexibility is sometimes our most valuable asset as we strive to maintain order, so it should not be taken for granted. Child-rearing, for example, requires high levels of flexibility, because by ...

Posted April 25, 2014, 3:23 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
How a Gap Year Can Benefit Your College Success

It takes a lot of maturity to recognize that you’re not mature enough for college yet. In that sense, my gap year was the most responsible decision I have ever made. I was never a huge fan of school. I wasn’t bad at it, but like many kids, there were places I would rather have been. I graduated because I was supposed to. I knew it was good for me, but only in the same way that little kids know vegetables are good for them. If it weren’t for my gap year, I would have had the same mentality toward ...

Posted April 25, 2014, 11 a.m. by Sladen West | View Comments
10 Tips for Defensive Driving

Driving defensively is one of the most important skills that a driver — whether new or experienced — can learn. There are many people who can claim to be skilled drivers, but they suffer from overconfidence, aggressive driving styles, and are all the worse for it. After all, when it boils down to it, wouldn't you rather be in a car with a safe driver than an exciting one? Here are some tips to help you become a defensive driver. Look Out for Hazards A good defensive driver is capable of looking ahead whilst driving, and anticipating any potential hazards ...

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