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Universities Gain More Endowments After 2009 Losses

In 2009, the recession put a heavy strain on university endowments, but things seem to be turning around, according to the comprehensive Nacubo-Commonfund Study of Endowments, released last Wednesday.

The value of endowments increased an average of 11.9 percent for the fiscal year of 2010, which ended in June, nearly making up for 2009’s losses. They decreased an average of 18.7 percent in the last fiscal year. The gains follow a 14.4 percent increase of the S&P 500, a commonly-used stock performance benchmark.

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Harry Potter’s Quidditch Game Comes to Life

I love Harry Potter. I know that the Ministry of Magic has been infiltrated by Lord Voldemort. I know who Dobby is and I know all about the Triwizard Tournament. I admit all of this and yet, I must say that I am still shocked to learn that hundreds, thousands of real-life Muggle Quidditch teams have been assembled across the world.

College and high school students are taking the wildly popular world of Harry Potter out of the conventions and out of the libraries and they are taking over college campuses. If you don’t know what Quidditch is, then I’m going to have to point you in the direction of Amazon, where you can purchase the full Harry Potter series. Read it, maybe even watch the movie, and then come back because I can’t possibly tell you everything there is to know in one post!

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B.F. Skinner Education Background

bf-skinnerPsychologist and writer, B.F. Skinner was born in 1904 to parents Grace and William Skinner in the town of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. B.F. had a younger brother, Edward, who he died when just 16 years old of a cerebral hemorrhage.

After high school, Skinner enrolled at Hamilton College in New York, with the dream of becoming a writer. He also became a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1926.  He then enrolled at Harvard University and graduated in 1931 with a Ph.D,  but elected to stay on as a researcher until 1936. Around this time, he married Yvonne Blue, with whom he would raise two daughters. Read the rest of this entry »

NYU Med Students Get to See Patients on First Day

doctor med schoolWhen you think of first-year medical students, you probably think of them listening to lectures, jotting notes about diseases and dissecting specimens in a lab. Not long ago, you would have been right. Medical students had to wait until their third year before they could see patients.

That’s not the case at New York University School of Medicine. Students get to see patients on their first day of class.

“I am possibly the worst patient in the world to have,” an H.I.V.-positive tuberculosis patient said to the first-year medical students in an NYU lecture hall as they attentively scribbled notes. “I thought I had the common cold. It went on for months.” Read the rest of this entry »

College Rejects Who Made It Big

Famous Harvard Reject: Warren Buffett

Famous Harvard Reject: Warren Buffett

I remember applying to my dream school, then anxiously awaiting the letter. I knew it would be a good letter if it arrived in a big envelope. And if it came in a small envelope, I knew it would be a bad one.

College hopefuls around the country know this feeling. And unfortunately, many receive the small envelope, or the rejection letter, in case you are not familiar with the stereotypical acceptance or rejections letters. However, if you do receive a rejection letter, do not let it get you down or make you give up your dreams. In fact, take it as a blessing in disguise, and remember than many famous people, including Warren Buffett, Lee Bollinger, and Harold Varmus, were once rejected from their first choice schools.

Here are their stories.

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Khadijah: From a Homeless Shelter to Harvard

Khadijah Williams

Khadijah Williams

What kind of person usually comes to mind when you think of a Harvard student?

Probably someone who has studied and worked hard all of his or her life, and probably has at least some money and a place to call home. You probably wouldn’t think of someone who is homeless and attended 12 schools in 12 years, right?

I’d like to introduce you to Khadijah.

Khadijah grew up in homeless shelters. She did attend 12 schools in 12 years. And she did just graduate high school, and was accepted to Harvard University.

This is one of Khadijah’s scholarship application essays. Prepare to be inspired.

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Are Best Value Schools Really a Good Bargain?

yale universityI recently posted a blog about the Top 10 Best Value Colleges in the U.S. It made sense to me why these were good schools. They have reasonable tuitions, are respectable schools, and the average student debt is lower at these schools than the national average student debt upon graduation. But according to an article in CBS’ Moneywatch, maybe I should rethink my opinion of these schools.

Evidently the people at the Princeton Review who ranked the top public and private  best value schools forgot to take something very important into account: Scholarships.

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Students Lend Support to Haiti Earthquake

haiti earthquakePeople all across the globe are reaching out to the millions of Haitians who were struck by the most devastating earthquake to hit the small island in more than 200 years.

And as word of the disaster spread rapidly around the country, students from college campuses quickly organized and lent their support to the victims in a show of force and solidarity in a manner that is solely unique to the unbridled passion and altruism of college students.

Here are just a few examples of the outpouring support that students are coordinating from campuses across the country.

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