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Community College Education Being Penalized

money ladderMany students start their higher education experience at community colleges. It’s more affordable for those two years you wade through general education courses and try to determine a career path. But a study released this week suggests that students who started at a community college before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university are being penalized. The study says that these students are earning less than their counterparts who earned their entire degree at a four-year university, and that this trend remains true for those who go on to earn higher level degrees.

“It is important for individuals to know both the benefits and the disadvantages of attending a community college when making decisions about education,” says Natalia Kolesnikova, a Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis economist who calculated the data from a 2003 National Survey of College Graduates, completed by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation.

High School Seniors Staring Down Final 9 Weeks

graduateIt’s hard to believe once we return from Spring break, which is much needed, that we only have nine more weeks left in our senior year! It’s so weird to think that I only have nine more weeks in the halls and classrooms of East High. Probably thinking I’m getting a little overly sentimental, but I think I can honestly say I have had a good time high school. A lot of people I know have had a rough time in high school for this reason or that, but overall it’s been great for me. I’ve experienced a few things that may have put a damper on my high school experience, but I tried not to let those things ruin my years at East completely.

With this realization of only having nine more weeks of school, it also makes me realize what all I still have ahead of my in what seems like such a short time. International Baccaulaureate testing, graduation, school, softball, and the list goes on! So this realization may also benefit me in that I have a short time to finish a lot of things. Another thing I think of when I realize we only have nine more weeks is that soon I will be hearing from all my colleges! This will be an acting time this time next month because by then I will more than likely know where I’m going!

So while nine weeks may seem short, there is still so much more left in my Senior year!

Students Kicking Off Spring Break Welcome R&R

And I thought Winter break took forever to get here! Spring Break is finally days away and I cannot wait for this break. Seniors especially, we have hit a point in the year where we are tired of school and just need a break. Or at least that’s how many of my friends and I feel.spring break

Spring break will finally give me the time to catch up on some sleep, catch up on some school work, and let me have some time to be with friends and relax. So far, the only big assignment I have is in Psychology, and I really hope it stays this way!

One thing many seniors have to worry about when returning, is being careful not to get too lazy and letting senioritis get the best of you! For my friends and me, it will be hard to get too lazy because all through the month of May we have International Baccaulaureate testing. But for seniors, remember many schools require final grades and sometimes scholarships you receive can be taken away if you show through your grades that you just stopped caring. Sure your grades are fine now, but be sure to keep them up because you never know how bad grades can end up affecting you.

I hope everyone enjoys their spring break!

April College Crunch Survival Guide

April is by far, the worst month for college-bound high school seniors. Twelfth-graders are among my best sources, so I sense their pain and want to help ease students

Everything piles up in April. The month starts with often frightful news about which colleges accepted you and your friends, and which didn’t. By the end of the month you have to decide which school should get your non-refundable deposit to reserve a place in its freshman class. Your favorite school may have wait-listed you, and you have to figure out what to do about that.

Learn more about how you can survive these final weeks of high school and prepare to enter college at Some of their advice includes:

  • How to help grieving friends who may not have gotten the college acceptance letters they’d hoped for.
  • How to finally narrow in on the right college choice for yourself.
  • Get off of your choice college’s waiting list.
  • Manage a poor financial aid offer.

Apple Laptops for Maine Middle School Students

Despite the economic turmoil, Maine is expanding its program to provide laptop computers to students.student mac

Maine started its first-in-the-nation program by distributing more than 30,000 computers to each seventh- and eighth-grader in all of the state’s public schools in 2002 and 2003. Now the goal is to provide a laptop to every public school student in grades 7-12 by the fall.

About 30 high schools already have laptops that they obtained outside the scope of the original program. But now all 120 of Maine’s high schools, along with 241 middle schools, will have new laptops under the same program, at a cost of about $242 per computer per year, said Education Commissioner Susan Gendron.

Education Department officials announced this week that they’re negotiating a four-year lease with Apple Inc. for 100,000 Apple MacBook laptops.

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Obama Proposes Longer School Days, Extended School Year

president barack obamaFor this generation of students to remain competitive with their international peers as adults, they need to start spending more time in school. This week President Obama proposed that American school children extend their time in class, either by lengthening the school day, or spending less time on summer vacation.

“We can no longer afford an academic calendar designed when America was a nation of farmers who needed their children at home plowing the land at the end of each day,” Obama said. He continued to say “That calendar may have once made sense, but today, it puts us at a competitive disadvantage. Our children spend over a month less in school than children in South Korea. That is no way to prepare them for a 21st century economy.” (more…)

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Texas Students’ Academics Benefit from Fitness

pe classA new study published this week by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, of the Cooper Institute of Dallas, suggests that students in Texas are greatly benefiting by being physically active. Their testing scores are higher and their behavior is better. Cooper performed physical fitness assessments with more than 2.4 million students in Texas’ public schools. The children who were the most fit and engaged in the most exercise were the ones who saw a greater capacity to learn. On standardized tests required of public school students in Texas, the “TAKS” test or Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, results were higher in these active children. Schools also reported better attendance.

While physical education programs continually fall to the bottom of budget priorities for school districts, Sen. Jane Nelson is sponsoring legislation that will raise the P.E. credits required by Texas’ middle school children. The state currently requires four semesters of physical education classes, she is proposing six.

“There is more work to do to combat obesity and get children in shape,” said Nelson, “We need to move forward on this issue as if lives depend on it – because they do.”


Retiring from Girl Scout Cookie Sales

The biggest part of the year for any Girl Scout has got to be Girl Scout Cookie Sales. Whenever someone finds out I am still in scouts, one of the first questions I get is “When are cookie sales?!” It’s funny that most people make this association, but it is also nice to know people know Girl Scouts, even if it is based off something we sell!

During cookie sales, when you are older, you are offered the opportunity to do “on the spot” sales. These are when Girl Scout Troops go to various stores and sell cookies in their foyer or outside the store. It’s not only a great way to sell a lot of cookies toward the end of the season, it’s also a great way to show other people how Scouts act, and what all we do. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I had a parent ask what my favorite part of scouting is or if it’s difficult for me to stay involved at an older age. So “on the spot” sales are not only a great way to get rid of left over cookies, but also a way to promote scouts and to show the community what all we do as Girl Scouts.

Today I did my last “on the spot” sale, which also signifies the end of my final cookie sale. It is so weird to think after 12 years of scouting, I will not be selling cookies again. Maybe if I have a daughter and get her involved in scouts I will be able to experience Scout Cookie sales in a whole new way. But for now, I am retiring my vest and stepping down from the cookie selling position.

Vanguard University Loses Campus Grandpa, Gains his Estate

Anyone who has ever attended college is likely familiar with that “one old guy” or “one old woman” who still hang out on campus every day as if they had a class to make. We had one on my campus, and he was jovial and kind and always interested in conversing with anyone, or just keeping our squirrels fed. Vanguard University had one of these people, too. His name was Bruce Lindsay, and for more than 40 years he had lunch, and sometimes other meals, every day in the student dining hall. He past away in February, and left his entire estate to this Orange County Christian university.

Bruce Lindsay at the Vanguard University dining hall. (via OCRegister)

Bruce Lindsay at the Vanguard University dining hall. (via OCRegister)

Known as the “campus grandpa” by students, Lindsay amassed his fortune by buying up cut-rate oil leases and flipping beachfront homes. A product of the Great Depression, Lindsay relished a good, cheap meal and abandoned a nearby hospital cafeteria for Vanguard where he found all-you-can-eat meals for $1.25.

“‘Frugal’ is not the right word for Bruce,” suggested business professor Ed Westbrook, who befriended Lindsay. “He was real miserly.”

Lindsay ate all of his meals on campus and often talked with both students and teachers, doling out advice. A former university president gave Lindsay the title of “student advocate” in the 1980s and with the title came free cafeteria food.

He became such a fixture at the 2,200-student university, he would often hold court in the crowded dining hall. (via Yahoo News)

Rumor is that future students may be able to eat lunch in a dining hall named for this generous donor.


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