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Rejection: Some Colleges Do It Better Than Others

Getting in to the college of your choice is harder than ever these days. Competition is stiff, and space is limited. Colleges have the difficult job of hand selecting their prospective freshman classes, and unfortunately have to reject thousands of talented and bright students. The result? A mass number of rejection letters, often hitting kids harder than a break-up.

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“Even with impressive test scores and grades, abundant extracurricular activities, good recommendations and an admission essay into which ‘I poured myself heart and soul,’ Daniel Beresford, 18, netted 14 rejection letters from 17 applications.” Beresford was denied by Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins and the University of Chicago. (He’s bound for one of his top choices, Pepperdine.)

Here are some of the cruelest and kindest rejection letters from colleges and universities. (more…)

Manny Being Manny

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Manny Ramirez of the LA Dodgers. (via

Throughout his career, Manny Ramirez has been the guy that does what he wants. This has not been a secret, and Manny likes it that way.

Let it be known that in the second week of May, Manny Ramirez was suspended from baseball for 50 games for taking a banned substance. The substance Manny was found to have taken is used in two situations; women need help to become pregnant and by steroid users needing to increase the natural production of testosterone after finishing a cycle of steroids and his testosterone boosters treatment.

Are Today’s Teachers Underpaid?

Teachers today are part of one of the country's largest career fields. They are, however, among some of the lowest paid professionals. Salary ranges can depend on a variety of factors, but many of our nations schools are underfunded and overcrowded. Sadly, that makes this career choice less attractive to many of those who could potentially become highly qualified teachers.

Keeping Healthy Habits

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Watching the Biggest Loser Finale, it makes me think about the “freshman 15” and the idea that many students go away to college and begin to make a number of unhealthy decisions. Of course, there are a number of easy and simple ways to avoid the freshman 15.

1. Walk or bike instead of driving- if you are going to class and have the option of either driving or walking, chose to walk. This is a no brainier and you may be surprised how walking cannot only be a healthier choice but a much more enjoyable choice.

2. Make healthy decisions – if you have the choice between a burger and fries or a salad, go with the salad. If you don’t like salad, get a sandwich with Turkey provolone and vegetables. Making good decisions with food can make a big difference in weight. Starting with healthy recipes goes a long way!

3. Visit the gym – most schools have a fitness center, take advantage of it! If your school does not have a fitness center, either see if there is a gym in town or bike or run at least three or four times a week. A short walk around campus or a bike trip around a neighborhood can not only help your weight but also a variety of other things.

While these are only a few suggestions to a healthier life, there a number of other ways that will help keep you healthy. If you are healthier, you will be happier, have more energy, and be able to do so much more. And by being active, you will easily keep the freshman 15 off.

26 Universities with Coed Dorms Raising Concerns

coed dormsLiving in the dorms. Everyone knows it is a huge part of the college experience. I lived on an all-girls floor at the University of Oklahoma during my freshman year and met my best friends there. I will never forget the late night trips to the ice-cream shop and “The Bachelor” marathons we watched together. I loved my dorm girls more than anything else my freshman year. I cannot imagine what it would have been like if I had gone to Stanford, The University of Chicago, or any of the other 50 universities where co-ed dorm rooms are now available.

As is to be expected, many parents are deeply troubled by this. However, if a boy and a girl are going to be sharing a dorm room, you would at least hope that they wanted that arrangement.  (more…)

College Freshmen Anticipate Major Life Changes

college-girls-pizza-partyWith my senior year drawing closer and closer to its close, and college enrollment beginning, it’s interesting to think about where I will be this time next year. Obviously, down in good old Tulsa, Oklahoma, but how much of me will have changed by then? I remember talking to a parent of a friend recently about majoring options and college and they commented on how in the first six months of college you will experience more change than you experienced in all four years of high school.

This little bit of information was actually a scary thought for me. I will know how to do my own laundry and how to iron by the time school starts, but do I want to change? The key to happiness, in my opinion, is being happy with who you are and knowing you are. In the past four years, I have learned plenty about myself and who I am and I am unsure about this whole changing thing. But thinking about it, maybe there still are some changes that need to be made! (more…)

College Students Have a lot to Gain by Working Summer Internships

summer_vacationWith the next couple weeks comes a major change in the scholastic ideals of college students across the world. I am not speaking of declared majors or classes to be taken. I am, however, referring to the summer break. For a vast majority of college students, the next three months will be lived to its fullest, enjoying all this time of year has to offer. This may seem like a great idea at the time, but I promise you, you will pay for it later. (more…)

Keeping Your Head Above All The Exams

studyingWhether its college or high school finals, IB Testing, AP Testing, or any other testing that is held during the tail end of school, the beginning of May signifies a long month for me and a number of other students. For me specifically, its IB testing.

IB testing encompasses the entire month of May with tests starting next Monday, the fourth, and lasting through May 22. Of course, just my luck, I have tests on the opening day all through May until the 22nd. I will be taking Psychology HL, Physics HL, English HL, Calculus SL, and Spanish SL. Throw in the AP Calculus test and I’m sure you can see I have quite the busy month ahead of me! (more…)

There is More to Life than College Football

football2I know the title is a little disheartening for college football fanatics across the country, but it is accurate. I promise.

As the school year comes to an end, summer practices draw nearer and nearer. Soon, the sounds of whistles blowing and pads crashing will bellow through college campuses nationwide. When these practices commence, it will mark the beginning of the greatest season of the year, the college football season.  (more…)

25 Companies Hiring College Graduates This Summer

Let’s face facts; the current state of the U.S. economy is putting a damper on your college graduation. I know, I know… I just brought up the elephant in the room. I’m sorry,  but I did it because I am here to help. college-graduates

Careerbuilder recently published their 2009 Annual College Job Forecast. Despite all the gloom and doom stories about the job market, this year’s crop of graduates have something to look forward to. According to the report, 43 percent of employers are planning to hire recent college graduates this year. This number is down from past years, yet it is still a high percentage given our current situation.  Now, I know what you are thinking; where can I find out which companies are hiring? I have anticipated this thought and have included THE list; THE list being 25 companies that are actively hiring recent college graduates this year. You’re welcome.  (more…)


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