Google’s Teens in Tech Conference

Teenagers talking Tech at Google's Teens in Tech Conference 2.0 streaming live from San Francisco–today beginning at 9 a.m. PST via Ustream.tv. You can also follow the Twitter stream with #TeensInTechConf. To view the stream live and engage with other viewers through chat and Twitter, click here. Video clips at...

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From Across the Pond
Jan04

From Across the Pond

The public relations and marketing efforts by college and university admissions offices are focused on getting prospective students to visit campus. The materials, whether in print, video, or on the Web, typically address the strength of the school's academic programs, the beauty of their campus and any outstanding facilities, but is this always what an international student experiences on a campus visit? A. Richards, a high school student from England, shares his impression of his college visits to three schools in the U.S. UVA & Virginia Tech:"This past summer, I had the pleasure of visiting UVA and Virginia Tech officially with a tour guide. Both were impressive, and left me with a good attitude towards university life in the states. In both cases, it really struck me just how much of a sense of community there was. It’s something that you don’t really get in English universities. The few universities I have visited over here, such as Exeter, have a good academic background, but to me they lack the society that is so commonly seen in universities in America. It's one of the main reasons that I’m quite eager to study in the U.S., because I feel I’ll enjoy my college life more and ultimately achieve more in my studies." UNC:"I didn’t actually have an official tour of the campus, but I did, however, go to see a basketball game. That game was truly amazing, and I’ll remember it for a long time no doubt. Although, I didn’t get a good look at the campus, I could tell that there was a fantastic community in the university just from seeing the ecstatic fans at the end of the court. I came to the conclusion that if they were to become so crazed about their university, it must be something pretty special." Life on U.S. College Campuses: "In all three cases, I was more or less equally interested by the grounds themselves. I love how most American colleges are like little towns in themselves. You can tell where the university starts and where its grounds reach. My opinion may be biased when compared to that with English universities, as I haven’t see many, but from what I’ve seen, campuses basically morph into the town where they’re based and I see that as a negative because you don’t know whether you’re in that community or not." "I think that in UK colleges, University tends to be just a part of your life, whereas in America, University is your life. Perhaps that’s the reason why so many Americans pride themselves on where they studied, as they had more involvement with their university...

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7 Reasons to visit before you apply
Nov05

7 Reasons to visit before you apply

Application deadlines are only a few months away. If you’ve narrowed down your selection, then it’s time to visit before you apply. Why visit your top choices before applying? Because applying to college is a complex process, and visits to college campuses will serve you best if you use them as a research tool, rather than a final decision-making aid. Because how you feel about schools once you visit in person may affect the direction your  college search and application process takes.  (For example, if you visit before you apply, you may be surprised to find that the setting, size, or “personality” of a school appeals or doesn’t appeal to you, contrary to what you had expected…so, your narrowed list of possible schools should reflect any new-found preferences.) Because time, energy, and money are finite resources, and you want to use them wisely throughout the application process.  First-hand knowledge of the schools you intend to apply to will help you to clarify your vision and narrow your list. Because you want someone in the admissions office and/or your chosen academic department or a coach (or another particular contact on campus) to know who you are and that you are seriously interested.  Depending on the school’s admissions process, an applicant’s  personal visit to campus could make a difference in how the application is viewed if the competition for space becomes very tight. Because it’s required.  Some highly selective schools require an on-campus interview with an admissions director, alumni representative, or student representative.  Be sure to find out if any of your short-listed schools do, so that you can plan and prepare well in advance. Because you want to be able to relax and make a fully informed choice once you have been accepted to several schools.  If you’ve already visited those schools at least once, that’s just what you will be able to do! Because you can! AND you can have some great experiences in the process, and you will learn a lot, too. So what are you waiting for?! How many colleges should you...

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