At a time when so many universities are flaunting themselves like brands — or, worse, like franchises — Princeton’s commitment to tradition serves it well. It serves the world well, too.
The fervor for American education — with a disturbing, and often naïve, reverence for an Ivy League degree — is arguably more intense in Beijing and Abu Dhabi than it is in Boston and Ann Arbor.
Richard Florida’s forthcoming book, The New Urban Crisis, will likely elicit one of two responses.
The first sentence of a college essay isn’t the “answer” to the question. The “answer” is the entire essay.
Teachers who are honest about their opinions can encourage productive, respectful debates.
I feel little solicitude for the Common Application prompts, contrivances that they are. I do, however, respect institutions’ right to define their curiosity and probe students accordingly. Here are some, though, that deserve a second thought.
If these prompts inspire more candid, creative answers, then UC might be on to something.
Author of study guide for Advanced Placement Human Geography exam.
Time and again, though, it’s the students who see through the platitudes who are the most attractive college applicants.
Students often behave as if recommendation letters don’t exist.
No matter where they’re teaching, no clear-minded teacher enters the classroom every day wanting to make students “college-ready.”
Students can do a great deal, both before and after applying, to ensure that they maintain their sanity, embrace colleges’ decisions, and actually increase their chances of getting into their favored schools.
This is Josh’s series of blogs on college counseling, college essays, and related topics.
A college application carries not the slightest fraction of the gravity of a life sentence. Even so, whenever I speak to students about college essays, I implore them to interrogate themselves, not as suspects but as witnesses. Witnesses to their own lives.
Analysis entails a discussion of reasons, consequences, processes, and connections to meaningful ideas.
The King Abdullah scholarships aren’t merely “full rides.” They are entire support packages, including assistance for housing, travel, school materials, and even chaperones for women students.
The tailor’s great adage is, “measure twice, cut once.” That’s good advice when you’re working in silk, but irrelevant when ink and paper are in abundant supply. If a writer can’t get word counts out of his mind, I recommend one of two strategies…
I asked a few of my professor friends for advice that they would give incoming college students. I told them that I did not want them to lament the shortcomings of high school education or to grumble about “kids these days.” I wanted them to offer kids real insights into the demands of college, and to help smart, eager kids be as successful as possible.