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How to cope with college admission rejection

April 20th, 2016 by

iStock_000001487847MediumImagine this: You are a high school senior who is about to graduate. Ever since you were 13, you’ve wanted to study at that one prestigious university. You spend hours every day thinking about your college life at that premier institution. You strive hard and score well on your SAT and ACT. And then one day, out of nowhere, your entire world comes crashing down when the rejection letter comes.

I’ve been in a similar situation, so I understand how heartbreaking a college rejection can be. The future seems bleak and all hope seems lost. Feels like the end of the world, right?

Wrong. Rejection is never the end of the road.

Dealing with college admission rejection can be tough, especially when you have put in the work. While you might feel depressed, there are ways to cope with rejection and come out stronger than before.

It’s not personal
Rejection doesn’t always mean you are not good enough. It could just mean that the college has to turn down a good applicant due to limitations. Keep in mind that college admission is a competitive process and there will be applicants who are outright geniuses. This shouldn’t make you feel bad about yourself — even the best of students fail at times.

Fall back on your support system
Imagine you are an athlete and college admission is a race. If an application rejection is equivalent to a bad fall, then family and friends are your crutches who help you stand again. Your loved ones are your support system and there is no shame in falling back on them. Talk to them and express how you feel. While your family and friends are the motivators you need, your teachers and school counselors are a ray of light that can show you the way forward.

There are other fish in the sea
There are many good colleges across the country. I’m sure you must have applied to a handful of other colleges. Wait for their replies and hope for the best. One rejection is not the end of the road. Other great colleges are more than happy to have you.

Explore options
In case you are still keen on getting into the college of your dreams, you can check if the university entertains admissions for later terms —maybe during the spring semester. If they do, you can re-apply. You can pursue a two-year program at a local community college and then transfer courses into the four-year university. As you can see, there are plenty of options to think about.

Don’t let the weight of rejection pull you down. Keep your head high, stay calm to get back on your feet.
Written by Ethan Miller. Ethan is a dedicated private ESL teacher who also works as an online tutor at various education portals. Apart from his passion for teaching, Ethan loves to write and holds a degree in creative writing. When he is not teaching or writing his book, Ethan loves to blog and is a huge fan of educational technology. You can follow Ethan on Facebook, Twitter and check out his blog.

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Tuesday Tour Day — The Art Institute of Seattle

April 19th, 2016 by

option_1The Art Institute of Seattle is one of the 50 Art Institutes located throughout North America. The Art Institute system is dedicated to providing students with a hands-on education in the creative and applied arts. Seattle, Washington, is a booming city that any college student can become a part of. If you happen to be in downtown Seattle, look up to see a view of beautiful Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in Washington. From the adventurous lifestyle to the scrumptious food, if The Art Institute of Seattle seems like a good fit for you, it wont be hard to call this place home.

Academics

The Art Institute of Seattle offers degree programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary. These programs help students focus their talents and find what they’re passionate about. The Art Institutes are great for those who know what they want to study, and really want to hone in on their skills. Students can enjoy easy access to technology and creative companies that define the region, and also participate in internships grow their strengths.

Campus life

If you have a love of the arts, there is nothing better than being surrounded by likeminded people who share the same passion as you. From game nights, to student clubs and organizations, there will never be a dull moment at The Art Institute of Seattle. If you want to venture off campus, Seattle has a plethora of activities to offer. Whether you take a boat ride on the nearby ocean, stop at Starbucks for a coffee, or view the city from the famous Ferris wheel, Seattle has all that you are looking for, as well as a phenomenal art institution.

Tuition

Because The Art Institute of Seattle is part of a system of 50 other schools, it is difficult to define a set tuition price for all of the schools in the system. The Art Institute system offers financial aid to students that qualify, to make the cost of tuition more affordable. The Art Institute of Seattle in particular however, has a tuition fee of $17,560 for in-state and out-of- state residents, plus $12,132 for room and board.

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Major Monday — Diagnostic Medical Sonography

April 18th, 2016 by

Sonography-TrainingWhen you think of a sonographer, the first thing that might pop into your head is a person who conducts ultrasounds on pregnant women. This is not the only thing someone who majors in diagnostic medical sonography does however. Under the supervision of physicians, students use medical ultrasound techniques to collect and analyze sonographic data to diagnose a wide variety of issues. Ultrasound technology has the ability to show small things X-rays and MRIs cannot because of the pulses of sound the transducer emits.

Education

To become a diagnostic medical sonographer, you must have a formal degree such as an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, or a postsecondary certificate if you already work in the medical field and are looking to add more credentials to your resumé. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists offers diagnostic medical sonographers the opportunity to become certified in a variety of different specialties as well.

What to know before you apply

If you choose to pursue a career in diagnostic medical sonography, be prepared to study for the certification exam. As with all careers in the medical field, it is important that you know what you’re doing because you are working with real people and your expertise is crucial. Your work environment could be anywhere from a hospital, to a medical office, and anywhere in-between. It also helps if you have a good bedside manor, seeing as you will most likely be helping patients through either an exciting or difficult time.

Salary

After you have completed all of your required work, and passed your exams, you are ready to work with patients on your own. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, diagnostic medical sonographers earned a median pay of $62,540 per year in 2014.

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Is the New SAT Harder than the ACT?

April 13th, 2016 by

iStock_000017020986MediumThis is a pretty popular question these days. There are so many students tearing their hair out wondering which test they should choose. And because the new SAT, at least on the surface, looks a lot more like the ACT, the two tests lend themselves to even more comparisons, including on the big question: Is the new SAT harder than the ACT?

Here’s the best answer I can give:

The new SAT is going to be harder than the ACT for some students, but not all of them.

Yes, I know that’s vague, but just as we could never say whether the old SAT was harder than the ACT or vice versa, the same applies to the new test. Some students are simply better suited for one test over the other, and this will also be true for the Redesigned SAT as well.

Here’s who might find the New SAT to be HARDER than the ACT:  

• Students who are not big fans of classic literature. Now that both the SAT and ACT have longer passages on the Reading sections, one big point of departure is that the SAT includes texts from “the Great Global Conversation” and “U.S. Founding Documents” (meaning, in some cases, denser, more overwrought texts from the 18th and 19th centuries) whereas the ACT texts are all modern.

• Students who are reliant on their calculators. The New SAT has a no-calculator section, which might send students accustomed to using their calculators for everything into a panic.  No longer can you rely on tricks such as the graphing function on a TI-83 to fudge your way through some problems, you need to know the math. The ACT Math test allows a calculator for all questions.

Here’s who might find the New SAT to be EASIER than the ACT:  

• Students who hate science. One of the biggest distinguishing factors between the SAT and the ACT is that the ACT has a Science test and the SAT does not. Now, as savvy test-takers know, the ACT Science test is not really about how much you know about science, it’s more about how well you can read and interpret charts and tables and make inferences. Still, students who like biology, physics, and chemistry are going to feel much more comfortable with the material and this can go a long way on the ACT (and send non-science kids running to the SAT).

• Students who are not fast readers. Even though the new SAT is a lot more “verbal” and involves a lot more reading, the Redesigned SAT, on average, allows more time per question than the ACT. On the Reading test, for example, the SAT allows an average of 1 minute 15 seconds per question, whereas the ACT allows 52.5 seconds per question. On the SAT Writing test, you get 48 seconds per question; on the corresponding ACT English test, you get 36 seconds per question. Granted, there are variations in question types that can make up the difference for some students. Still, the main obstacle of the ACT remains the intense pace it demands.

We’ve yet to determine how students are going to do on the new SAT, and it is going to take until the summer of fall of 2016 to really find out. Next year’s students are going to have a lot more information on the average ACT score and average SAT score in 2016 for college applicants, so that they can better compare their practice test scores and see where they are at in the general pool of students. But, for now, your best bet is to take a practice test of both the SAT and ACT and convert your scores using the existing concordance tables on the College Board website, just use the 1600 scale instead of the 2400 scale. It won’t be exact, but it will give you a close enough approximation for you to determine which test is harder for you.

Written by Kristin Fracchia. Kristin is an SAT and ACT expert at Magoosh. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007.

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Scholarship — Patient Playbooks

April 6th, 2016 by

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Create activity books for children in hospitals.

Scholarship: $1,000 Easy School Grant: Brighten the Day of a Child in a Hospital

Description: Over 6 million kids are hospitalized each year, and many experience depression because the hospital can be a scary place. You can brighten the day of a young patient and enter to win an easy $1,000 school grant! Games and other activities can be a great distraction for kids in hospitals. Use our simple template to create your own activity book for a child! (We’ll even provide the address of where to send your playbook.) You’ll put a smile on their face and enter to win $1,000 for your school!

Amount: $1,000 grant for one winner’s school.

Requirements: No essay or minimum GPA required. This $1,000 easy school grant is open to people ages 13 to 25. You must also live in the U.S. or Canada or have U.S or Canadian citizenship.

Deadline: April 18, 2016.

For more information: Visit the DoSomething.org website.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Finger Lakes Community College

April 5th, 2016 by

FLCCLocated in Canandaigua, NY, Finger Lakes Community College is a great college for those looking for a two-year degree. FLCC is part of the SUNY system, dedicated to providing quality education at an affordable price. Right next to one of the beautiful Finger Lakes, Canandaigua is known for its magnificent natural surroundings. In the fall you can admire the one-of- a-kind foliage, and in the summer you can venture over to Canandaigua Lake for a swim. In addition to its main campus, FLCC also has smaller instruction locations in Victor, Geneva, and Newark.

Academics

At FLCC, you are able to earn an associate’s degree in over 50 different areas of study. The college also offers one-year certificate programs. Programs of study range from music to nursing, culinary arts to graphic design, and much more. Along with the large number of programs offered are impressive instructional facilities such as music-recording studios, a 900 square-foot television studio, a simulated nursing hospital, a therapeutic massage lab, and more. If you would prefer to work from home, FLCC offers over 15 online degree programs for you to choose from.

Campus life

Located in such a beautiful region of Upstate New York, you can bet there is always going to be something to do on campus. FLCC offers clubs, sports teams, volunteer opportunities, theatre productions, concert deals, and more. Just because you do not live on campus, does not mean there are not fun things to do! If you would like to live on campus however, FLCC offers student housing in its apartment-style housing, conveniently located next to the main campus.

Tuition

In-state residents pay $2,090 per semester while out-of- state residents pay $4,180 per semester. If you choose to live on campus, you must factor in the cost of room and board as well. Financial aid packages are also offered to students who qualify.

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Major Monday — Photography

April 4th, 2016 by

Beautiful girl with cameraIf you look at the world around you and think to yourself, “That would make the perfect picture,” a college major in photography may be just what you’re looking for. Photography majors are able to use their creativity and technical expertise to express ideas and convey information through their lens. If you have a passion for photography, and would like to turn that passion into a career, you should strongly consider a major in photography.

Education

Although many people think taking a picture is a simple task, there is more that goes into photography than simply clicking a button. While you do not need a doctorate degree to become a photographer, some education is required. Most photography majors earn either an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree. Classes that students may take to see if photography is the right fit for them are studio art, graphic design, computer classes, and digital photography, to name a few.

What to know before you apply

Before committing to a major in photography, make sure you do your research on colleges that offer photography programs. Does the college just offer an art program? Or do they offer a digital photography program? It is important to know that if you are serious about becoming a photographer, you should go to a good school, such as a technical school.

Salary

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, photographers made an average of $30,490 per year as of 2014. If you do not find this wage to be all that appealing, there are similar occupations you can do that would relate to your major in photography. Camera operators made an average of $56,510 per year in 2014 and film editors earned an average of $52,470 per year as of 2014.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Keiser University

March 29th, 2016 by

Keiser University is a private university serving approximately 20,000 students pursuing associate through doctoral degrees on 17 campuses and online. The main campus is located in Fort Lauderdale, FLA, with other campuses located throughout Florida. You will benefit from small class sizes, hands-on learning experiences, and a career-focused curriculum. Committed to a “students first” philosophy, Keiser University prepares students for successful employment, and life beyond college.

Academics

6What makes Keiser University different from the rest you ask? Well, you receive your education one class at a time! This means that you will attend one class at a time for four weeks, then take your final exam before moving onto the next class. This academic learning style is unique, and students prove to do very well following this curriculum. Keiser believes this focused approach ensures easy access to faculty, and a greater opportunity for success. If you’re not quite sure what you would like to study, this university has over 50 programs to choose from.

Campus life

Keiser University recognizes that while academics are important, so is getting involved and meeting new people. The Office of Student Services works in conjunction with the Student Government Association to plan a wide range of student extracurricular activities. These include concerts, movie nights, barbecues, trips to the beach, talent shows, and more. Keiser University also has soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and tae kwon do teams to join.

Financial aid

Tuition at Keiser University is $6,090 per semester, plus room and board if you are going to live on campus. You will also find many students are eligible for grants, loans, and a wide variety of scholarships.

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Major Monday — Clinical Psychology

March 28th, 2016 by

Clinical Psychology

Everyone has days when they just don’t feel like themselves. Some people, however, feel these days more often than others. These feelings could indicate an underlying mental or emotional problem that should be addressed. The job of a clinical psychologist is to focus on, diagnose, and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in their patients. Individuals considering a major in clinical psychology often have the choice to focus on a specific area of study. For example, a clinical psychologist may focus on patients who are diagnosed with depression or anxiety.

You may find yourself working in hospitals, health centers, offices, and more.

Education

As with all other psychology majors, extensive education and training is required to become a clinical psychologist. To begin your career in clinical psychology, you need at least a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Additional schooling is typically required after you receive your four-year degree. Many people go on to receive a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. The more education you have, the more you will be able to do with your career.

What to know before you apply

If you are looking to pursue a career in clinical psychology, you should be prepared to accept the important responsibilities that come with the job. You are going to be working with people who are struggling with illnesses and have come to you for help. In some cases, you will be choosing a treatment plan for them to follow. Be sure you are ready and willing to help others! Also, you should take classes related to psychology throughout your entire undergrad education. The more prepared you are, the better.

Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014, clinical psychologists made anywhere from $40,080 to $113,640 a year. Your annual wage will depend on the level of education you have and well as how many patients you have.

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Scholarship — DefensiveDriving.com

March 23rd, 2016 by

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Scholarship: DefensiveDriving.com

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Requirements:
• Open to high school seniors or college students who are legal residents of the United States
• Scholarship payable to the winner who should be living in the United States
• Student must enroll in semester beginning no later than Fall 2016
• Winner is not based on financial need
• Home-schooled students may apply so long as your course of study is equivalent to a high school senior
• Applicants required to submit a video (see “Make A Video” tab for details)

For more information: See a more detailed listing of instructions here

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