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Socializing Key for High School to College Transition

The next couple of weeks are typically bittersweet for high school seniors. On one hand, you are about to leave friends and family in your journey for scholastic excellence. On the other hand, you are about to enter into a whole new ballgame. This coming transition is one that will shape the rest of your life. But don’t be afraid, college is something that should be experienced not only for educational prosperity, but for social reasons as

When I graduated high school, I chose to leave all of my friends behind. While they all chose to attend the Texas Tech University, I went to the University of Oklahoma, where I knew three people… tops. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, the first two weeks were rough, but I dedicated myself to making a new group of friends, and I did just that. I joined clubs and organizations, volunteered around the school and met new people everywhere I went. (more…)

May 1 is D-Day for College-Bound Seniors

decisionYou don’t need any more pressure, right? Well kids, the clock is ticking. May 1 is Decision Day for high school seniors to notify the college they’ve chosen to attend. For some it can be a complicated choice, having received several acceptance letters. For others, checking the box might be one of the simplest choices they’ve ever made. But they have to make it. Today!

For parents of these indecisive college-bound students, be supportive. You might have a personal bias toward or against one college or university, but the choice should ultimately lie in their hands. This is where they will prepare themselves for the real world and really test and learn who they are as a person. They’ll no doubt thrive if it’s a place they love. (more…)

8 Must-Have Education Apps for iPhone

Here I have compiled a few of my favorite apps, many of which are actually FREE, for the busy student.

High Schools Cut Sports in Order to Cut Costs

female-soccer-playerIt’s early evening. The sun has just gone down beyond the horizon. You’re sitting on a bleacher, talking to your friends, waiting for the ball game to start. Everyone’s happy and excited, hoping that their team will be victorious. It’s the stuff that numerous teen movies are based on. It’s what you survive the 8am bell for 5 days a week. It’s a high school sports game. And, it might be endanger of becoming extinct.

High school sports are fun! Nobody can deny that homecoming and state championships are a blast, especially if your team wins. However, they are also very expensive. Equipment, coaches salaries, busing the team around, maintaining the facilities… it all adds up. And with the current economic recession hitting everyone, some schools are reducing the number of annual games in order to save some money. (more…)

Top 10 College Athletes Drafted into the NFL


Matthew Stafford (right) was the number one NFL draft choice. (via Huffington Post)

See the NFL Draft 2010 top 10 draft choices.

This past weekend was one that football fans around the country look forward to each and every year. It provided both hope and excitement for the future of  professional football teams. The NFL Draft is a weekend-long event that allows teams in the National Football League to choose the new players for their organization. This event is necessary for expansion of teams as well as the league resembling events one would expect to witness preceding an elementary school game of kick ball. Much like in those elementary school games, the best athletes were chosen first. The top ten draft choices for the 2009 Draft are as follows:

1. Matthew Stafford, quarterback from the University of Georgia. The Detroit Lions drafted Stafford.

2. Jason Smith, offensive tackle from Baylor University. The St. Louis Rams drafted Smith. (more…)

Obama Announces National Teacher of the Year

President Obama and Anthony Mullen

President Obama and the National Teacher of the Year, Anthony Mullen

President Obama announced the National Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, April 28. Anthony “Tony” Mullen is a special education teacher at the ARCH School in Greenwich and a former police officer.

Mullen retired from his job as a New York Police Department narcotics detective after 20 years. He has been teaching for eight years, seven of which have been at the ARCH School. The ARCH School is an alternative school for at-risk youth in New York City. For many, it is their  “last-chance” to get an education.

“As a police officer, so many of the kids, you get involved with them when it’s too late,” Mullen said. “With teaching, you get to spend a lot more time with these at-risk students and prevent them from either going to jail or harming other people, turning into something productive instead of destructive.” (more…)

Top 10 College Fraternities

While on the surface fraternities are synonymous with mid-day drinking games and weekend keggers, at their heart, fraternities remain true to the visions set forth by their founders. Fraternities offer college men a place to develop outside of the classroom, offering friendship, leadership development, academic accountability and a firm alumni base post-graduation.

There are 10 fraternities that stand-out as some of the largest and oldest collegiate Greek organizations. We’ll introduce you to those and share their histories, philanthropies and even famous alumni.

Kappa Sigma

Kappa Sigma is one of the oldest fraternities in the country, and also currently a leader in new pledges annually. Kappa Sigma was founded at the University of Virginia in 1869 by five men to promote fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service. Kappa Sig currently leads in donation and service hours over all other Greek organizations, with each chapter choosing its own philanthropy. Famous Kappa Sig alumni include singer Jimmy Buffet and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Lambda Chi Alpha

The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was founded at Boston University in 1909, with this year marking its centennial celebration. It was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and it also takes a fervent stand against hazing, being one of the founders of the Greek Anti-Hazing Hotline. The official philanthropy of Lambda Chi Alpha is the North American Food Drive. Famous Lambda Chis include singer Kenny Chesney and radio broadcaster Paul Harvey. (more…)

Interview with Freshman in the Kitchen’s Eli Sussman

freshman-in-the-kitchenI had the great pleasure to speak with Eli Sussman, co-author of the just-released cookbook, Freshman in the Kitchen. As a recent graduate from Michigan State University, Eli knows a thing or two about what it’s like for college students to try to eat a decent (and economical) meal in between darting off to lectures, class, the library and the bar.

He and his brother Max, who co-authored the book, have spent years cooking in restaurants, summer camps and for friends and family. From line cooks to food runners, these brothers have done it all in the kitchen and they are anxious to share their tricks of the trade and their favorite recipes with you.

Just a few days after their appearance on the Today Show, we caught up with Eli to talk to him about his new book.

Where did the motivation come from to write Freshman in the Kitchen?

My brother Max and I have been in the food and restaurant business for years. We wanted to create a cookbook that was for anyone — the novice in the kitchen to someone who is very comfortable with cooking. Since we have been working in restaurants all of our lives and we’ve amassed a good deal of skills and knowledge between us. We wanted to share that with people in a way that is fun, simple and takes the fear out of cooking. (more…)

Student Loans and Scholarships Options for Last-Minute Financial Aid

student-loansWhile the deadline may be approaching to let colleges know what your final decision is, this does not necessarily mean the end for financing college. While you need to accept anything you want from the college they offered you in your financial aid package, there are still other ways to obtain more money to help fund your college education.

Loans– A student loan is probably your smartest option when it comes to loans. For most of these, the payments are deferred until after you graduate or until you are out of school for a certain period of time. (more…)

Top 20 College Sorority Names

Being a part of a Greek organization such as a sorority is often the first order of business for life on campus for college freshman. Typically a rush week just prior or at the start of the fall semester makes it possible for women to visit each sorority house on campus, before an invitation is extended to join one house or another. These sororities can be a major part of a student’s college career, being a source of social activities, cultivating relationships and keeping students accountable for their academic performance.

Let’s take a look at some of the sorority nicknames that can help a college freshman learn their way around the Greek system using the Greek alphabet.

Alpha Chi Omega

Founded 1885 on the Depauw University campus in Greencastle, IN by the dean of the music school, in an effort to cultivate a music culture for women. The Alpha Chis support charities for domestic violence, and famous alumnae include former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Bachelorette Trista Rehn Sutter.

Alpha Phi

Alpha Phi was the fourth Greek organization ever founded for women, in 1872 at Syracuse University. The sorority promotes sisterhood and character with philanthropic efforts focused on cardiac care and research. Famous alumnae include actress Jeri Ryan and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.

Chi Omega

The Chi Omega sorority was founded at the University of Arkansas in 1895, with the purpose of promoting friendship, scholarship, campus socializing and personal and career development. The Chi-O women support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is currently the nation’s largest sorority. Celebrity alumnae include actress Lucy Liu and Tamira Cole, the sorority’s first black member and 2009 Miss Black Kentucky.

Delta Delta Delta

Not feeling as though they fit in with the other sororities at Boston University, four women began Delta Delta Delta in 1888. Their goal was for the women to be “kind alike to all” and to “think more of inner self and character than of personal appearance.” The Tri-Delts support children’s cancer charities, namely St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In 1992, a famous SNL skit made the sorority a household name. Celebrity alumnae include actress Elizabeth Banks and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric.

Delta Gamma

In 1873 at the Lewis School for Girls, Delta Gamma began with a purpose of helping women strive for excellence. The sorority has historical ties with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The philanthropic efforts of the DGs is focused on Service for Sight, matching their motto to “Do Good.” Celebrity alumnae of Delta Gamma include actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and ESPN Sports Reporter Jill Arrington.

Delta Zeta

Delta Zeta was founded at Miami University in Ohio in 1902 by six women. This was the same year that women were given status to enroll as full-time students at Miami University. Their purpose was to cultivate friendship, knowledge, social culture and unity. The Delta Zeta women support organizations for the hearing or speech impaired. Famous alumnae include The View co-host Joy Behar and “Brady Bunch mom” Florence Henderson.

Kappa Delta

The sorority was founded in 1897 at the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University, by four women aged 15 to 23. Their objective was to perpetuate friendship, fellowship and sisterly love. The Kappa Deltas support four organizations — Girl Scouts, Prevent Child Abuse America, Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia and Orthopaedic Research Awards. Famous Kappa Delta alumnae include former Miss USA and actress Ali Landry and the Army’s first three-star general Claudia Kennedy.

Kappa Kappa Gamma

The KKG sorority was founded at Monmouth College in 1870 by six women. It remains one of the oldest and largest active Greek organizations. The principle ideals set forth by the founding women were friendship, scholarship and leadership. The official philanthropy of Kappa Kappa Gamma is Reading is Fundamental. Famous Kappa alumnae include actresses Ashley Judd and Sophia Bush.

Pi Beta Phi

The Pi Beta Phi sorority was also founded at Monmouth College in 1867 by a group of women who wanted their own version of the men’s secret societies. The Pi Phis philanthropic efforts focus on literacy organizations like Champions Are Readers. Celebrity alumnae include actress Jennifer Garner and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Zeta Tau Alpha

The State Female Normal School, now Longwood University, also produced the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Founded in 1898 by nine women pursuing education degrees with the purpose of promoting friendship and happiness that would help build a purer womanhood. The Zetas philanthropic work benefits breast cancer awareness, with their national charity being The Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Famous ZTA alumnae include ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and President Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales.

Also see our list of Famous Sorority Sisters.


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