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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.
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.
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Philip S. of Brinklow, Md., embarks on his college journey this fall with an intended major in Business Administration and Management. Philip’s inherent business know-how and diligence have already shown him the strides he is capable of making. An entrepreneur at heart, Philip began a successful neighborhood landscaping business at the age of 11. He has since volunteered countless hours at his local fire station and achieved certifications in CPR, EMT, Fireman1 and Fireman2. After 4 years, Philip has earned over five hundred volunteer service hours while still managing his studies and being an active member of Future Business Leaders of America Club. Watch out, this entrepreneur will own your favorite baseball team some day.
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Danique S., from Lake Worth, Fla., is an honor roll student who has brought her academic motivation and integrity to college after graduating high school in 2009. Danique is a talented student who is studying Health and Clinical Sciences. Danique has proven her leadership and compassion as she led her high school class of 2009 as vice president, volunteered at Mount Sinai Medical Hospital, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Yvonne Learning Center. Danique’s profound interest in medicine will lead her to an exciting and of course, cutting edge career.
|“A GPA Isn’t Everything” Scholarship – Summer I Scholarship Winner:
Giao T., from Garden Grove, Calif., has proven that GPA is certainly NOT everything, especially when compared to a person’s commitment to creating a better world. As president of both the Wilderness Adventures Club and Pennies for Peace, Giao has shown us her dedication to environmental preservation and helping those in need. Currently, she is training to become a Sierra Club/ICO leader to teach youth about the outdoors and will complete her provisional trip in the upcoming year. Giao is well-versed in juggling many things. From sports such as cheerleading, badminton and mountaineering to artistic hobbies like photography and woodworking, Giao will continue her multitasking In the fall of 2011.
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Calvin H., from Tigard, OR, will be starting his freshman year at Northwest University this Fall and plans on majoring in History & Political Science, with a minor in Accounting. Calvin is an honor roll high school student who is an active leader in his church and well as in his high school’s LINK program, which helps freshman make an easier transition into high school. Calvin also spends time volunteering at a day camp for 1st through 3rd graders and working with the homeless through his High School Youth Group Leadership team. As a Co-Captain of his high school tennis team, Calvin developed skills that helped him in other areas. Calvin hopes to join his college’s debate team and participate in Student Congress!
|“I Don’t Want To Pay For College” Spring Scholarship Winner:
Tyler D., from Gilbert, AZ, is majoring in Biological and biomedical sciences and health professions. Tyler is the Secretary of the Arizona Men’s Soccer Club and a team leader in the Arizona Blue Chip Leadership Program. Tyler is also a volunteer for Hospice, assisting Hospice nurses as well as interacting with elderly patients. As an Organic Chemistry Preceptor, or teaching assistant, Tyler held office hours, tutored students and held review sessions. Tyler has also held a Clinical Rotations Internship, which helped prepare him for his future career in medicine.
|A GPA Isn’t Everything Winner:
Jewell S., from Kansas City, MO, is a high school senior interested in political science and government. Jewell helped organize a variety of community service events at his school including a food drive, school mural project and a teddy bear drive for a local hospital. Jewell took flight lessons and attended the ACE flight camp with the hopes of becoming a professional pilot or working with the Air Force or Homeland Security. In his spare time Jewell plays the drums and guitar for two bands!
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Hunter B., from Fort Smith, AK, is a high school junior who is interested in majoring in Computer Information Sciences. Hunter is a freelance website designer and placed first in a computer game and simulation programming competition at the Arkansas State Conference. Hunter has designed the following sites: www.neumeiernurseryandflorist.com, www.ldesignsbylisa.com and www.cometothefortress.com. In addition to his website design experience, Hunter is an aviation enthusiast and would love to become a professional pilot one day.
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Mallory B., from Eau Claire, WI, is an honor roll high school senior interested in studying health professions and pre-medicine. Although she is not certain what career path she will take, Mallory is interested in exploring the field of psychology and is interested in helping people overcome mental illness. Mallory is the co-leader of her high school Key Club’s project Read and Lead which is a program where high school students tutor elementary school students who are struggling with their reading skills. In addition to Key Club, Mallory is a member of the National Honor Society, through which she volunteered at blood drives and was a member of the planning committee for Relay for Life. When she’s not spending time volunteering, Mallory is a swimmer, a member of her high school softball team, plays viola in the orchestra and is in her high school show choir!
|College Edge Scholarship for Juniors Winner:
Carmyn R., from Los Angeles, CA, is a high school junior interested in majoring in biological and biomedical sciences. She hopes to one day become a pediatrician and work with children to improve their lives. As an honor roll student, Carmyn is the president of her high school’s United Student Body, a group that leads student activities. She is also a member of the California Scholastic Federation, the Hispanic Awareness Club and the College Access Pilot Program. For the past three years, Carmyn has spent time volunteering at the East Los Angeles County Library.
|I Don’t Want To Pay For College – Spring Winner:
Joel S., from Coeur d’Alene, ID, is studying health professions and related clinical sciences, including counseling psychology. Joel graduated from high school with a 3.98 GPA and participated in a variety of activities including being a camp counselor and 4-H Club president. Joel recently spent a year interning at St. Innocent’s Orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico where he worked as a mentor to 25 male orphans. He had previously volunteered at the orphanage to build houses for homeless families in Mexico. Joel is excited to begin his work towards a degree that will allow him to further serve his community.
|Health Careers & Nursing Scholarship – Winter Winner:
Conrad B., from Macomb, MI, is a college sophomore at Oakland University studying health professions with a focus on pre-pharmacy studies. Conrad is an active member of his pre-pharmacy organization, helping to coordinate volunteer activities and trips, as well assisting with finding guest speakers for the group. He currently works as a hospital pharmacy technician, which allows him to get practical experience in his field. Conrad also spends time volunteering for his church, local hospitals and other community organizations. Conrad’s ultimate goal is to use his education to give back to the community and help people live longer, more productive lives through medicine.
|Cutting Edge Careers Scholarship – Winter Winner:
Sophie S., from Atlanta, GA, is a 4.0 high school junior who intends on majoring in psychology. Sophie is extremely active in her community. She founded a tutoring program for students at her high school, is the secretary of her school’s Beta Club, where she organizes volunteer opportunities as well as schedules and leads the clubs meetings, and a camp counselor at the Sandy Springs Mission summer camp. Sophie is also the Co-Captain of the Riverwood Equestrian team and in training to get her student pilot license!
|Psychology Scholarship – Winter Winner:
Allison G. from Newport Beach, CA is a high school senior intending on majoring in psychology. Allison volunteers with a variety of organizations, including being the president of the Make-A-Wish Club, the Co-Founder of the Magic Shoe Foundation Club, which focuses on collecting used running shoes and donating to less fortunate communities in the area, and a tutor for the Academic Mentoring Program. Allison is currently interning at the Oncology Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange County. Her internship is helping her prepare for a career in the health sciences industry, with a focus on psychology.
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