Small New York School Goes International

What do a small mining town in the Adirondacks and a group of international high school exchange students have in common? Maybe nothing, but the combination is proving to be a successful experience for Newcomb, New York, and international students eager to learn outside of their home country.

The idea was born when Superintendent Clark Hults was fearful of the dropping population in his town and at the only local school. 55 students, from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, were enrolled in 2006. This was a major drop from the 1,500 enrolled in the 1980s. Hults knew that if the school closed, the town would suffer, so he drafted an ambitious proposal.

Inspired by the number of students who study internationally every year, Hults decided to open up the opportunity for a local economy boosting, educationally enriching experiment. His theories proved true and students began arriving from all over the world. Iraq, Vietnam, France, Russia, Israel and Lebanon are all countries currently represented by Newcomb students. Enrollment is currently at 85 students, 30 of them exchange students, and still growing.

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German Universities Have Higher Enrollment Rates Than Ever Before

Professor Merle Hummrich teaches a very popular class at Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. When Hummrich first started teaching the class, she limited its enrollment to only 50 students. However, as the class has grown in popularity and as enrollment numbers have also increased, so has the number of students who are trying to get into the class each semester. This semester, 400 students showed up on the first day, and because there were not enough seats in the classroom, many ended up sitting on the floor or standing through the lecture.

Another class that has been experiencing a dramatic inflation in the number of students who are trying to enroll is Professor Benjamin Ortmeyer’s class about education during the Nazi era. Ortmeyer’s classroom was designed to hold only 500 people, but 720 students are currently enrolled in his class and about 600 show up every week.

This type of over-enrollment is becoming quite common at many universities in Germany. More German students are going to college in order to reap the life benefits that a higher education offers. Other factors include the abolition of mandatory military service and a reduction in the length of the standard high school curriculum.

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How to Have a Productive Spring Break

Let’s face it. As college students, we never get breaks. A lot of us have to use Spring Break as a time to get caught up on the tasks that are impossible to complete when school is in session.

If you know you’ll want to get your to-dos out of the way, check out ways you can make your Spring Break even more productive.

Make a list: Start by jotting down your most important honey-dos. Think about all those errands you’ve been wanting to take care of. Maybe you need to get your oil changed, or maybe you haven’t had time to file your tax return. Whatever your to-do list consists of, you’ll feel better knowing that you took care of those tasks before going back to school.

Make appointments: Whether it be your dentist, auto mechanic or hairstylist, start making appointments with them now so you can knock them out during your Spring Break. Some doctors’ offices might already be booked up for the week. See if you can get referrals to other doctors that have open slots.

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4 Ways to Have a Better Winter Break

Your finals are over. You’ve turned in your term papers, and you are enrolled for next semester. As you leave campus for the next few weeks, you will find that winter break can lead to laziness. So, before you plan to spend your break on the couch watching TV, read these tips on how to have a more productive and enjoyable winter break.

1. Make some cash: Find a job that will keep your stress to a minimum. Remember that you’re on break so you can unwind from that semester of cramming. Find a job babysitting, walking dogs, serving or other part-time jobs that will keep your work week short.

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Two Important College Enrollment Steps for High School Seniors

to-do-listI recently made the decision to attend the University of Tulsa this coming fall for my undergraduate education. While I have finally made my decision and almost worked out all of my finances, there are other things to do now that I am officially attending TU. I recently received a checklist from them concerning things I still need to do to ensure my spot in the freshman class for the upcoming fall semester.

One of these requirements is my final transcript. At the end of the year, when grades are finalized, many if not all colleges and universities require their new students to send in their final transcript. This is mainly to make sure the student didn’t slip their final semester of high school and may also determine scholarship eligibility. Since some scholarships are merit based, schools require that you maintain your grades even through your final semester. Read the rest of this entry »

Time for Enrollment!

I’m one of those weird kids that enjoys getting their enrollment packet in the mail. Getting the packet this year not only made me excited for the school year to begin, but also made me realize just how exciting this year is going to be as a senior! As soon as I had the packet ripped open, I helped mom fill everything out and sent it on its way in the mail, since our district has a pay-by-mail enrollment option.

Well, I came back from a week in Colorado, where I had forgotten completely about my enrollment packet and when mom brought up going to finish enrollment, I got extremely excited! My senior year, how exciting!?

I enrolled on my own this year. Normally my mom comes along, making sure we get everything we need in the packets while at the school. This year I met a friend to enroll with, rather than going with my mom. I remember, especially 9th grade, enrolling in past years and being terrified of making myself look like a fool in front of the older kids. This year though was an entirely different story. I was one of the older kids, not one of the awkward underclassmen that thought about every step they made in fear of falling on their face in front of everyone else.

I walked in with my friend, knowing I was a senior, and went through the few steps left (such as getting your parking decal and ID photo taken and activated) with no problems, feeling like I was gliding past everyone else in a way that they could tell I was a senior, that I am one of the students that run things this next year! I could barely contain myself as I walked through a sea of familiar and unfamiliar faces.

As my senior year creeps closer and closer, the more excited I become. Even though it will be a difficult year, everyone has always told me your senior year is by far the greatest of your high school years. I can’t wait to experience it!


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