Majors And Careers

A Major Decision

I had no idea in what I wanted to major when I went to college. As I’ve mentioned before, I was in college because I was recruited for my tennis playing abilities (such as they were), hardly for my academic prowess. Not knowing which path to take in life at the age of 18 is ...

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What Is A GAP Year?

There’s been a lot of discussion this week about President Obama’s daughter, Malia, and her college plans. It’s been on the national TV news, all the wire services, and in a long College Confidential’s discussion forum thread. Her intentions have brought into focus an option about which you may know nothing or very little: the ...

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Sunset for College Rankings?

If you’ve spent any time at all on the College Confidential discussion forum, you’re no doubt aware of all the controversy about college ranking lists, especially those published annually by U.S. News and World Report (USNWR). Ranking mania has seeped into almost every corner of of the higher education admissions game, from undergraduate through graduate ...

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Understanding Millennials

Parents of Millennials may be interested in some new information. First, let’s define “Millennial”: Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to ...

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The Cost and ROI of College

In case you aren’t familiar with that term “ROI” in my title, it stands for “Return On Investment.” An old adage says, “You get what you pay for,” meaning that more expensive goods and services are probably of better quality than those that are cheaper. But, when it comes to higher education, is that true? ...

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“Dream” College vs. Big Scholarship

Question: I’ve gotten myself into quite the situation, basically this will boil down to: is the wisest option the cheapest option or the one best for my education? I am offered an incredible scholarship to attend a school which does not have my major (Captive Wildlife Care and Edu.)- they’ve shown me how I could ...

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Projects Abroad

It’s a big world. While many say that charity begins at home, others realize that there are myriad opportunities to do good outside their homeland. One such organization that offers high school and college students the opportunity to do good works around the globe is Projects Abroad. I’ve written about Projects Abroad before in the ...

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Online Education: What’s out There and How Is It Being Used?

Education, like so many other things in this modern world, has officially gone online. College classes facilitated via online “distance learning,” which provide students with course materials and instruction over the Internet as part of students’ regular college curricula, are more popular now than ever before. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2011 more ...

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A MOOC Point

The MOOCs. Are you a Seinfeld fan? Remember the “Bubble Boy” episode where George Costanza is playing Trivial Pursuit with the young man, “Donald,” who is enclosed behind the clear, environmentally protective plastic screen (the “bubble”)? The exchange goes like this: DONALD: [Loudly] OK, HISTORY. THIS IS FOR THE GAME. HOW YA DOIN’ OVER THERE? ...

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Post-Grad Perspectives on The Value of College

Several times here over the years, we have discussed whether or not college is worth it. The perspective from which we looked at the value of a college education has always been pre-college, for the interest of high school students and parents who are wondering about their return on the sometimes unreasonable investment (cost) of ...

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