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If you’re a high school senior, you have less than a semester left of school and your highly anticipated start of college is on the horizon. After spending 4 years in high school, you might want to prep yourself for the changes you’ll experience going away to college. And one of the biggest changes is making new friends.
This post from the Uloop blog gives college students 5 easy ways to network and make friends in college:
Switch It Up
Although it is very easy to be a part of the same organizations that you have been a part of for your entire life, it is more beneficial to branch out to various organizations that have different backgrounds, connections, and client bases than your own. For example, even if you are not politically driven it may be rather prudent to join Young Republicans, Campus Democrats, etc. Or on the flip-side, if you have been a part of a politically affiliated organization for a long time, then maybe you should switch it up and join the Adventure Club or Fencing Club. By doing this, your face and name gain recognition across demographics.
Approach the Unfamiliar
Oftentimes people get so wrapped up in their own lives that they forget that there are six billion other people on the planet. Yes, friendships are amazing, especially the lifelong ones. However, someone that you have known since pre-school will not vanish if you do not hang out with them for a couple days. Be approachable and approach those that you don’t know. For example, if someone is wearing a shirt that says “Combat Airsoft” you may feign interest in order to spark a conversation which could lead to a friendship. No one ever got anywhere by staying in their shell, and neither should you.
We heard before that with the economy the way it is, more and more people have been on the college search train and that application rates have actually seen a staggering increase at colleges and universities across the country. But, the The Huffington Post informs that some schools have seen the opposite. What do you think this means for admissions? Do you think applying to a school with a lower application rate will help with you get in? Or applying to a college with an increased application rate will make it harder for you?
Here are the colleges that saw a decline in applications for the 2015 class:
- Tulane University: -13.65%
- SUNY Stoney Brook: -11.91%
- Grinnell College: -7.61%
- Wesleyan University: -6.07%
- Elon University: -6.06%
- Lafayette College: -3.16%
- Rutgers University: -2.29%
- University of Maryland College Park: -1.69%
- Colgate University: -1.37%
Advanced Placement exams give college-bound high school students a leg up in their undergraduate careers, allowing these college students the opportunity to pass out of intro classes and start working toward their college major from the get-go–granted they score the necessary 3, 4 or 5 that are required for college credit.
A new report written about in The New York Times higher education blog The Choice illustrates that more minority high school students are making the grade on AP exams, but still remained underrepresented overall in the nation’s AP classroom.
More than 853,000 public high school seniors in last May’s graduating class, or 28 percent of the class, took at least one A.P. exam. Some 59 percent of those who took the tests earned a grade of 3, 4 or 5, which are required for college credit.
Trevor Packer, vice president of the Advanced Placement program, said that while the report shows that more students across the country enroll each year in classes to prepare them for the exams, there are some signs that improvement is not consistent among some groups and in some subject areas.Over the past decade, the number of minority students graduating with a successful A.P. experience has more than doubled, according to the report.
“A focus on access and equity is resulting in greater percentages of students going into college with A.P. scores that qualify and result in higher college performance,’’ he said.”
But the gap between how those students performed, compared to nonminority students, is still great in most states in the country.
When searching for your perfect college does the question of how much access to computers there is on campus ever cross your mind? Considering how much student work is done with computers, it might be a good idea to know how readily available computers are on your college campus.
U.S. News writes about the 15 most wired college and university campuses and how many computers there are on campus per college student:
U.S. News surveyed more than 1,700 undergraduate programs last year, and 1,280 schools reported data on both their total student body (combined graduate and undergraduate population) and the number of computers available to students on campus. Of those schools, the average number of computers per student on campus is .14. That means, on average, there are roughly seven students per computer on college campuses nationwide.
Probably the last thing on your mind while you’re searching for and applying to colleges is who your roommate will eventually be. But, the reality is that after the admissions process, in most situations, you’ll have to live with a stranger your freshman year in a college dorm room.
Whether you wind up becoming best friends with your roommate or cordial acquaintances, here is some advice from ULOOP.com on how to maintain a good relationship with your college roommate:
Do have roommate nights. Grab a bowl of popcorn, sit on the couch, or your extra long twin bed, and put in a chick-flick. My roommates and I always have Gossip Girl Mondays. Having these nights keeps your bond strong; it’s an easy way to break away from some of the stress of school, especially when it’s midterm week and you don’t say a word to your roommate because you’re cramming for your Chemistry test.
College is extraordinarily expensive. Students search hard for scholarships and take copious amounts of time applying for financial aid. So, wouldn’t it be a dream come true for students to get a degree that wouldn’t leave them in dept for the rest of their lives?
The Texas Tribune writes that Governor Rick Perry wants his state’s college and universities to offer a $10,000 bachelor’s degree:
Perry also wants lawmakers to consider outcome-based financial support for those schools, basing a substantial portion of their funding on the number of degrees they issue with particular attention to degrees for at-risk students and for those in critical or essential areas of study.
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