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Posted Feb. 1, 2017, 4 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Earth as seen from Vermont Tech's previous CubeSat satellite.

How many students can say they have worked on a satellite? At Vermont Technical College, one graduate student is getting the chance of a lifetime Vermont Tech’s CubeSat Laboratory is working with Morehead State University in Kentucky to build an elaborate satellite – called the Lunar IceCube – that will launch in 2018 and begin orbiting the moon. Vermont Tech is the only post-secondary technical college in Vermont and has residential campuses in Randolph Center and Williston. Students from all walks of life come to receive a top-notch, practical education. Looking for water on the moon Lunar IceCube is a ...

Posted Nov. 30, 2016, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Don't shy away from applying for scholarships.

There is great discussion among parents and students about whether or not college scholarship applications are worth it. Students complain about the time involved with seemingly little to show for it. Parents urge, and often nag, their students to apply. Other parents believe it’s simply a waste of time. I happen to be one who believes scholarship applications are indeed worth the time and effort. My daughter attended an expensive private university based on the scholarships she won from outside sources and from the college or university itself. Those scholarships allowed her to attend a school that was financially out ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2016, 8 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
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It’s still uncommon for students to use video and other media in college applications and colleges have mixed attitudes toward them. If, however, you want to spice up your high school resume, there are some college-ready platforms that can help. Jobma, for example, offers video services for job applicants and to students for college applications. Other companies will help produce an application video. Students film themselves through a webcam and the companies do the rest, including posting. Some students tape their own videos and put them on YouTube or other social media and send the colleges a link. That, however, ...

Posted March 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Use These 6 Tips to Make the Most of College Fairs

Nothing says spring like those annual spring college fairs. If you have ever attended one or look forward to attending one this spring, you know they can be a bit overwhelming. Faced with the daunting task of connecting with admissions representatives from numerous colleges, parents and students need a plan. Approaching a college fair without a plan will leave you frustrated and disappointed at the end of the event. When approached properly, college fairs can help you in the beginning stages of the college search process. More importantly, however, they facilitate those all-important connections with college admissions officers. Those connections ...

Posted Dec. 1, 2015, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
Small Things May Make a Big Impression on Colleges

High school students have to impress colleges with numbers – GPAs and test scores – but some small things might improve their chances, admission experts say. “Some colleges do not prioritize informal impressions – they just want a rock star application,” Jennifer Ziegenfus, the senior assistant director of admissions of Maryland’s Towson University says. “But there are often additional steps a student can take to improve the quality of their application.” College admissions offices traditionally look at grades, test scores, recommendations, essay responses, and activities, but there may be more to it. Ziegenfus and other experts note that impressionable humans ...

Posted Nov. 24, 2015, 9 a.m. by Lisa Rose Bauer | View Comments
The Six P's to Pack for College - They aren't What You Think!

We've all heard the term "like two peas in a pod..." But really aren't there more than two peas in a pod? There are actually five, six and sometimes seven. So when packing for college let's consider for a minute how many P’s can fit into your “pod.” Oh, I see you going right to pillows, paper, plastic bins. Nope. Not essential P’s. So what P’s are essential to be successful in that first year? Here are my six: Purpose, plan, priority, perseverance, patience and productivity. Purpose: Will you have a solid purpose for heading off to college? A purpose ...

Posted Nov. 23, 2015, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Five ways to avoid being too creative on your college app

The ultimate goal of preparing a college application is to get into to the school of your dreams. When you are competing for a coveted spot, it is critical to ensure that you stand out from the crowd. One way to do so is to be creative. But can you be too creative with college applications? Is there a line that you simply should not cross? Here are five tips on how to be creative with your college applications without going overboard 1. Be yourself For admissions officers, the college application is a means of determining fit between a student ...

Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 9:20 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Ways for Parents to Avoid College Application Stress

Stress is a killer and when the college prep season arrives, it only intensifies. Do you know what to expect and how to deal with it? Just as with any family situation, anticipating problems that can or might arise should help you respond properly. Imagine these scenarios: Your teen announces he’s going to die if he doesn’t get into his first-choice college. You hear other parents talking about their students headed to the Ivies. Your teen says she can’t possibly go to State U. because her boyfriend isn’t going there. After multiple tries on the SAT, your teen announces that ...

Posted Nov. 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The Truth About Athletic Scholarships

All parents of an athletic student dream their student will be a star athlete and snag a full-ride athletic scholarship. If your student is gifted in this area, you might think winning that scholarship will be as simple as catching the eye of a college, getting an offer, and signing on the dotted line. Neither of my children were athletic, but I have to admit while they were in high school, I wished they were; then all our financial worries of paying for college would be over. Nothing could be further from the truth. The odds are poor In fact, ...

Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Is the New Coalition Application Revolutionary or Inequitable

The members of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success have announced their new college application, hosted by 83 colleges collaborating with CollegeNet. These colleges believe that all students should have college access and there should be another way to apply other than the current generic online college applications or Common Applicaton. What is this Coalition? The coalition was conceived when problems with the Common App surfaced in the fall of 2013. The glitches complicated the submission process for students and college admission officers. Students were unable to submit their applications on time and colleges complained about the technological failure. ...

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