No Day but Today: Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities
Jan24

No Day but Today: Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities

“What else is there to do here?” This is often a question on the minds of college-bound students when they visit a college campus. Our advice — Don’t hesitate to ask about extracurricular activities. Ask questions during the information session and also ask the students you meet on campus if they’re involved in any student clubs or organizations. For Adam Britten, a senior at Syracuse University, and recent co-host of SmartCollegeVisit’s CampusChat, being involved in extracurricular activities has been an asset to his college career in more ways than one. He shares his advice on getting involved in the guest post below. No Day but Today… Adam Britten With so many opportunities for involvement, many college students have no clue where to start.  The benefits of extracurricular activities are very apparent: you can make lots of new friends, expand your learning outside of the classroom and advance your career potential and hirability.  (Well, Ultimate Frisbee might not get you a job…but you never know!)  The most important thing to know is that you should be getting involved with SOMETHING while you are in college. The best time to get involved is at the beginning of each semester. Very freqeuntly, schools will have “student involvement fairs” where you can get information about different clubs. Even if there isn’t an official event, most clubs actively look for new members and hold interest meetings at the beginning of the year or semester. As for myself, I got involved from day one of college. It wasn’t a stretch for me, as I was involved in a few activities in high school.  The first clubs I joined paralleled my high school clubs. I joined student government and I signed my name up on a list of people interested in student theatre. (Even if you are remotely intersted in an activity, sign up for their emails – you’ll get all the information you need and be able to ask any qusetions you have.) Start Early I am so thankful that I started my involvement early. Throughout school, I have grown very close to some people that I met within the first few months of school while I was participating in these activities.  As the years went on, I joined a few new clubs (and realized that some of the ones I joined weren’t my style.)  I’m still involved in that same theatre group, and all because I gave them my email address. I couldn’t imagine being at school without the friends I have made in First Year Players. This goes along with the saying “birds of a feather flock together.” If you join a club that...

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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Adam Britten

Many thanks to all of the participants in last night's CampusChat and especially to guest co-host, Syracuse University senior, Adam Britten, who has taken advantage of all the opportunities being involved in student clubs and organizations can offer. It was fun to learn about the wide variety of student-run clubs that exist on college campuses and to learn about some of the unexpected benefits that come from being  part of club. Of course, my favorite tweet was the one that recommended asking about the variety of student organizations during a campus visit! (Great suggestion, Adam!) Read the Takeaway Tweets or the complete transcript to learn...

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CampusChat Tonight with College Senior: Adam Britten
Jan19

CampusChat Tonight with College Senior: Adam Britten

Students in high school are encouraged to become involved in extracurricular activities, but what about when they get to college? How important is it to take part in clubs or organizations then? For Syracuse senior, Adam Britten, it was not only a carry-over from his high school days, but a priority for getting the most from his college education.  Adam's short list of extracurriculars includes: Assistant Director of Pubic Relations, First Year Players Member of the Syracuse University Social Media Team Brother, Delta Sigma Pi Admissions Ambassador and Campus Tour Guide, Office of Admissions Director of Finance, Residence Hall Association Peer Facilitator, Whitman School of Management Secretary, Community Council Tonight on CampusChat, Adam will share his insights about the how and why students should explore the plethora of opportunities to learn and grow beyond the classroom. From volunteering as a teacher in South Africa to keeping up with his major — make that majors – Adam is triple-majoring in Marketing Management, Finance, and Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises with a minor in Political Science, this Syracuse University student has certainly figured out how to get the most he possibly can from his college education.  You're invited to follow Adam on Twitter @AdamBritten and join us on Wednesday for#CampusChat. For more information about how to participate in a Twitter chat, see our post on Twitter...

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Smart Learning at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

A business school after Aristotle’s heart “What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing,” said Aristotle (384-322 BC). If the Greek philosopher chose to study business today, he’d feel right at home as an undergraduate at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.  Experiential learning, aka “learning by doing,” is at the core of  Whitman’s bachelor of science programs in accounting, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, finance, marketing, management, real estate, retail management, and supply chain management. It’s not surprising, then, that internships, community service, and international experience related to the student’s program of study all are required (and not just options) for all undergraduates and are actively facilitated by faculty and staff.  In the classroom, experiences that at many business schools usually would be reserved for MBA students are the norm (think: real-life case studies, simulations, hands-on research and development projects, team efforts, competitions for seed-money prizes, and more).   The Most Unique Thing “The most unique thing about Whitman is its EEE457* class, in which students come up with an innovative product or service, write a business plan on it, and then present it to a panel of judges. "Tons of work," one graduate of the school’s top-ranked entrepreneurship program, reported on BusinessWeek.com. “However, it was a great experience that enabled us to apply everything we learned in all of our other Whitman classes, as well as learn much more.” Ask a finance major about the most unique thing and you’re sure to hear about the Orange Value Fund**, a $1.1 million student-managed fund created with the objective of training Whitman students to become money managers. Through participation, students gain meaningful firsthand experience and a deep understanding of value investing. The program is housed in Whitman’s Ballentine Investment Institute, which was founded by alumnus Steven Ballentine (’83), to “bring the markets alive to the students.”  For a close-up look at these and other unique learning opportunities, check out online video presentations by and interviews with Whitman students and alumni, as well as student news programs and more. An Environment for Learning To support all this teamwork- and technology-enhanced learning-by-doing, the Whitman School’s new 160,000-square-foot building, completed in 2005, is student-focused by design. It features 20 team meeting-rooms each for undergraduate and graduate students, all outfitted with the latest technology, and wireless Internet access throughout. Numerous conversation areas encourage casual interaction among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors. There are 22 state-of-the-art classrooms, 74 faculty offices, a 100-seat café and 200-seat auditorium, an awesome three-story, 4,000 square foot Grand Hall, and a special events room with an outdoor terrace and a view of the campus and nearby...

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Making the most of Climate Change on College Tours
Sep08

Making the most of Climate Change on College Tours

I posted a query asking parents to share their stories about how extreme weather impacted college tours. Below, Marianne O'Hare shares what it was like to tour Syracuse University during a snow event and brave the elements with her daughter in our Parent-to-Parent series. –ZKQ I grew up in Rochester, New York – where winter was part of the culture. My daughter, however, grew up in Connecticut where winter was more quaint and charming, not quite so brutal. When we went to the April Orientation at Syracuse University, there was a healthy snow event happening.  People were huddled in their jackets and the wind was sweeping up from Onondaga Lake. To high school seniors, anticipating four years of bliss, this was NOT the image to regale them with. If the campus infrastructure hadn't been so solid, and the tour guide, a native of Texas, wasn't sporting just the right cool winter fashions, it might have been a total bust. But everyone knows, you don't go to Syracuse for the weather. So this only confirmed that adage. And, quite frankly, the school had to rest on its own merits.  Syracuse University has enough cache that people will overlook the weather anomalies. I guess this is a sort of "weeding out" process they hold to make sure they're hedging their bets, and their financial aid, on the willing. And let me tell you – in this economic climate? Their financial aid has been outstanding! Luckily – the brutal April storm was not a deterrent. And the 'kid' is now a Senior – telling other kids about how great it all is. Ol' man winter – bring it on.  *** Many thanks to Marianne O'Hare for submitting this guest post. We welcome parent stories about their college visit experiences. Be sure to explore the Visit Us section of the Syracuse web site for a college tour schedule or for information about other opportunities to visit or meet with representatives from Syracuse University. The weather is always permitting at Syracuse.  For travel tips and tips on how to get the most from a college tour (along with weather information), please visit our travel planning resource...

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Plan a College Visit to these Top 25 Entrepreneurial Colleges
Mar18

Plan a College Visit to these Top 25 Entrepreneurial Colleges

Teens who see themselves on the road to becoming a business founder or owner may want to plan a college visit to one or more of these schools on Entrepreneur's list of top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurial colleges. Babson College Visit University of Houston Visit University of Arizona Visit Baylor University Visit Temple University Visit Drexel University Visit University of Dayton Visit DePaul University Visit City University of New York – Baruch College Visit University of Southern California Visit University of Oklahoma Visit Northeastern University Visit Syracuse University Visit Washington University in St. Louis Visit Miami University Visit University of Wisconsin – Madison Visit The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Visit Brigham Young University (UT) Visit Xavier University (OH) Visit Loyola Marymount University Visit Ball State University Visit The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa Visit University of Iowa Visit Washington State University Visit The University of North Dakota Visit   For more information about campus visits, please check out our college Travel Tips...

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