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Posted Nov. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
8 STEM Summer Programs That Are Just for High School Girls

Kate Ballantine, assistant professor in environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, has a favorite memory from her years running a summer STEM program for girls. “My students were walking past the tennis camp to a field. We’re carrying all our equipment – all the science-y stuff. One of the tennis campers yells, ‘What are you guys doing?’ “One of my students said, ‘We’re scientists.’ She was just radiating with this sense of ‘this is who I am now.’” Ballantine’s Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars Program gives high school students a chance to do hands-on research in environmental restoration. Summer programs like ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
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The deadline is coming up fast, but if you’re a college-bound junior, you can still register for the Jan. 23 SAT – the last administration of the current version. But time is running short. The deadline for late registration is Jan.12. (https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-us-dates). A lot has been written about the new test and the changes that will make it more like the ACT: just two sections, no penalty for guessing, and an optional required essay. It draws a lot from the Common Core, emphasizing evidence-based understanding of texts, vocabulary and math skills. Not so many “gotcha” vocabulary words. But some experts ...

Posted Dec. 16, 2015, 9 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
Pomodoro: Work All Day Without Breaking a Sweat

Earlier I wrote a blog about the Unschedule – the best method to get started on your work without procrastinating. But what do you once you start working? Is there a tried-and-true method of using your time most efficiently? During my junior year in college, I discovered the Pomodoro Technique. It totally revolutionized my life. To this very day, I use Pomodoro whenever I have a big project to work on. Francesco Cirillo, the brains behind this productivity hack, decided to name his invention after the Italian word for tomato. When he first starting testing out his theory, the only ...

Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Big Money Scholarships with December Deadlines

Winter break is approaching and if you need money for college, utilize that free time applying for scholarships—and not just any scholarships, big money scholarships. These 10 scholarships have mid- to late-December deadlines, giving you time to craft essays or meet other criteria, complete the applications, and apply. Who doesn’t want free money for college? Burger King Scholars Program Amount: Up to $50,000 Description: This program is open to graduating high school seniors who live in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico with a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 planning to enroll full-time, without interruption, for ...

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. 19, 2015, 9 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
Defeat Procrastination with an “Unschedule”

Throughout my high school and early college years, I was a compulsive procrastinator. I was also a perfectionist. Weird combination, right? Actually, no. As it turns out, one of the main reasons why people procrastinate is that they are afraid of producing imperfect work. Needless to say, I was up late all the time trying to perfect work that I hadn't started until the last minute. Then I was introduced to Dr. Neil Fiore’s “The Now Habit.” This book completely changed the way I tried to battle against procrastination. Before, I would just tell myself, “You gotta work harder! Stop ...

Posted Nov. 12, 2015, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Unusual Questions to Ask on a College Visit

If you visit a college, take the tour. Tour guides will give you basic information, show you around the campus, and answer typical questions regarding class size, student activities, and more. But beyond the typical questions, parents and students should ask some probing ones that dig deep into how the college sees, values, and serves its students. Here are five questions to ask on a college visit. If the tour guide can’t answer them, ask to be directed to someone who can. 1. Are freshmen classes taught by teaching assistants? Many of the larger universities use teaching assistants in their ...

Posted Nov. 11, 2015, 9 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
Use the Holidays to Get Intel for Your College Essays

Ah, the holidays. Turkey and dressing and pie and relatives. So many relatives, all asking questions about school, your love life, and your college search. Download But how about turning that around? What if you asked the questions and used family holiday gatherings as a way to turn the spotlight on someone else or to gain intel for college essays? As a bonus, you might find out more about who you are – or discover that Aunt Tillie isn’t so boring after all. Grab your smartphone and enter those holiday gatherings as if you were recording or filming video for ...

Posted Nov. 10, 2015, 9 a.m. by Britni de la Cretaz | View Comments
Street Harassment: Compliment or Something More Dangerous?

What is street harassment? Street harassment is a form of harassment that happens in public space. It can happen when you’re walking down the street, riding the subway, or hanging out in a coffee shop. It can happen in the hallway at school or while you’re riding your bike. It ranges from catcalling (“Hey, baby!”), whistling, staring, and stalking to more physical violence like groping or flashing (when someone exposes themselves in public). Everyone experiences street harassment differently. For example, maybe you don’t think that strangers telling you they like your hair is harassment, but your friend does. That’s OK! ...

Posted Nov. 3, 2015, 8 a.m. by Monica Fuglei | View Comments
From STEM to STEAM: How arts add depth to STEM learning

Several years ago, in a dim coffee shop, I was trying to explain Coulomb’s law of electrostatic interaction to a fellow poet. He couldn’t understand my fascination with physics, so I tried to explain it to him using the language we shared: poetry. The result was a series of poems based on physics concepts: Coulomb’s law, Total Energy, and even Einstein’s quantum theory. Scientific language was rich with metaphors and images that helped expand my poetry, and as I wrote, I deepened my understanding of the principles of physics as well. And for him, finally couched in a love poem, ...

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